TVA Grant Opened

The TVA Grant is now opened and is accepting applications for the 2020-21 FIRST Season

Team Eligibility:

  • All FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotic teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding, which will cover the following for each program:
    • FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie team – $1,000 towards Registration fees
    • FIRST Tech Challenge – $306 Registration, shipping and tax
    • FIRST LEGO League Explore – $130 Registration, Inspire Set, tax and shipping
    • FIRST LEGO League Challenge – $363 Registration, Challenge Set, tax and shipping
    • FIRST Robotics Competition Veteran team – $500 towards Registration fees
  • Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and hold a temporary team (if a Rookie team) or team number (Veteran teams), however, teams must NOT pay for registration as it will forfeit their TVA Grant. No exceptions, substitutions or refunds will be made.
  • TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be available until Dec 1, 2020 OR until funds for the grant have been utilized.

Next Steps:

  • All teams interested in receiving TVA funds must submit a very short online application to FIRST
  • FIRST will send grant information and the application link to all teams that received TVA funding last season and encourage them to apply for funds if they intend to participate this season.
  • We ask that Partners send the application link to any other teams that are eligible for TVA funds – new/rookie teams or returning teams that did not receive funding last season.
  • You may choose to post the TVA information and application link on your website or social media channels

TVA Grant Process

  • FIRST will review all grant requests.
  • FIRST will send the grant requests to Tennessee Valley Authority to verify the team’s location within their service area. This process usually takes 48 hours.
  • Once FIRST receives the approval back from Tennessee Valley Authority, teams can expect the grant funds to be available within 5 business days.
  • Teams should expect to receive 3 emails during the application process
    1. To confirm that they have successfully submitted the application
    2. To notify them of approval and application of funds
    3. Information about recognizing/thanking TVA and the use of the TVA logo.
  • Any teams that have already paid registration or are outside of the TVA services area will be referred back to the Partner.
  • Any questions regarding this process should be directed to Amanda Pham at apham@firstinspires.org.
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Upcoming webinar hosted by FIRST Education

Our FIRST Education team is hosting a free webinar for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST® Tech Challenge educators at 7 pm ET on October 21 – Hands-on STEM Learning in Varied Learning Environments. The panelists will discuss the resources FIRST has created for the season and how we are continuing to provide education opportunities for students in this time of uncertainty. Join us and share this event with the educators in your area.  

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ULTIMATE GOAL presented by Qualcomm unveiled

The 2020-2021 FIRST® Tech Challenge season launched with an online game reveal on September 12 of ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm. Thousands of youth participants, adult mentors, and FIRST® fans alike gathered virtually to watch the FIRSTtv broadcast and glimpse this season’s game, which focuses on revolutionizing the nature of traditional sports. Students in 40 countries around the world will participate this season.

The Presenting Sponsor for the FIRST Tech Challenge ULTIMATE GOAL season is Qualcomm Incorporated. Official Program Sponsor is Collins Aerospace. CAD and Remote Collaboration Sponsor is PTC’s Onshape. ULTIMATE GOAL is part of FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change.

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2021 Championships and how it affects West TN

As announced by FIRST HQ today, the two World Championships have been moved to Mid July (Houston) and Early August (Detroit).

What does this mean for West TN? Well it means we will also be moving events to latter in the season to allow teams more time to prepare given the extra burdens placed on teams due to Covid 19.

West TN FLL Challenge and Explore will be having their Remote Event(s) in Feb and March. FTC TN Championship will be latter in the season (probably a Remote Event – Date TBD). We have yet to hear about FRC plans (but this is to be expected since FRC kickoff is not for some time yet).

Stay tuned to this website for more news on FIRST Events for teams in West TN.

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2021 FIRST Scholarship Program

The 2021 FIRST Scholarship Program has officially launched! High-school-level FIRST participants are eligible to apply for over $80M in scholarship opportunities for post-secondary education. Learn more here and #applyapplyapply today.

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New FIRST® @ Home Curriculum

Whether in the classroom or at home learning, continue to engage students in STEM learning, skill development, and FUN with a 12 session learning series for teachers, parents, and coaches created by FIRST Education. These free and flexible PreK-12 STEM activities are available for download now.  

There is a different curriculum targeting PreK-1, 2-4, 4-8 and 7-12 grades.

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Covid-19 and FIRST

Wondering what your season might look like if your team is being affected by Covid-19? FIRST has THIS WEBPAGE to help your navigate teams and events in the age of Covid. This includes info on the Remote Event Hub.

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Reminder: 10 days until ULTIMATE GOAL presented by Qualcomm kicks off

Join DeejayKnight and FIRST alum Sarah Fogwell for the FIRST® Tech Challenge Kickoff show on FIRSTtv on Saturday, September 12, at 12pm ET. Watch for messages from special guests, a field walk through, and, of course, the game reveal of ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm. Sign up for a reminder so you don’t miss any of the excitement.

Learn more HERE

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2021 FIRST® Scholarship Program

Only one week until the 2021 FIRST Scholarship Program launches! Head over to www.firstinspires.org/scholarships to learn everything you need to know about how the program works, check out the over 200 Scholarship providers who made available scholarships last year and get students ready to #applyapplyapply on September 1.

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Did you see

Just wanted to point out that our very own FIRST Senior Mentor (Randall Phillips) was featured at the top of this weeks Volunteer Newsletter:

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