E-Day Announced


Save the Date!

Friday, October 21st
8:30am – 4pm

Learn about the amazing opportunities available through engineering majors and careers when you visit the Herff College of Engineering’s annual open house event!


Join us for competitions, walk-up activities, lab tours, and a host of other exciting events during our annual EDay celebration!

Registration for the day is available by visiting our website:

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2017 Competition Events

2017 Competition Events: We have started to post event information for the 2017 season on the “Events and Teams in my Area” page of the www.firstinspires.org website. We will post additional events to this page as information is finalized.

Note: Rocket City, Smoky Mountain and Bayou Regional seem to all be Mar 22-25, 2017

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Pool Noodles for 2017

From: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/pool-noodles-2017

You’ll need ’em.

Want more words than that? You will be using pool noodles for robot bumpers in the 2017 season. As in 2016, the pool noodles must be approximately 2 ½ in. diameter round, petal, or hex shaped in cross section. They may either be solid or hollow, but all noodles used on the robot at any one time will be required to be of the same construction and cross section – in other words, you will not be allowed to use solid round noodles on the bottom of your bumper and hollow petal noodles on the top.

If you are wondering what we mean by ‘petal’ shaped, we mean pool noodles with a cross section like this:


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2016 AutoZone STEM Camp


[again not a FIRST camp, but if you are into FIRST, you are into STEM!]

2016 AutoZone STEM Camp Application is due June 19, 2016
Are you up for a fun, fresh and hands-on week in all things STEM?

The AutoZone STEM Summer Camps, co-hosted by the Memphis Library Foundation and the West TN STEM Hub located in the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis, will be offered to teens in Shelby County in July 2016.

AutoZone STEM Summer Camps offer high-school students the opportunity to gain valuable experience, make friends and explore careers. These week-long camps offer hands-on experiences and team activities that will feature engineering problem-solving challenges and robotics activities. Participants are immersed in science, technology, engineering and math education while focusing on college and career preparation.

Library staff and STEM Ambassadors, some of the top engineering and technology students from the University of Memphis, will lead the camps. This team brings big ideas, knowledge of cutting-edge STEM training and extensive experience in K-12 STEM skill development.

The Summer 2016 Schedule is:
* July 11 – 15, 2016 Cordova Branch Library, 8457 Trinity Road, Cordova, TN 38018 (For high school girls and boys)
* July 18 – 22, 2016 Raleigh Branch Library, 3157 Powers, Memphis, TN 38122 (For high school girls)
* July 25 – 29, 2016 CLOUD901 in Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38111 (For high school girls and boys)
* July 25 – 29, 2016 Downtown Cossitt Branch Library, 33 S. Front St., Memphis, TN 38103 (For high school boys)

Each camp meets from 9:00am – 1:00pm each camp day.

Following the 2016 AutoZone Summer STEM Camps, participants will be invited and encouraged to participate in follow-up events, networking and leadership opportunities, including tours of local businesses, invitations to additional STEM learning opportunities and meet and greets with STEM entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit www.memphislibrary.org, contact the Memphis Public Library and Information Center at techlab@memphistn.gov using the subject: AutoZone STEM Camp or call 901-415-2700.

Funding for AutoZone STEM Camp is generously provided by AutoZone.

Sign up HERE.

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Congratulations FIRST Alumni Class of 2016!

Congratulations from FIRST to all seniors who have completed their final season as students this year – you are now FIRST Alumni! We look forward to seeing you as Volunteers and Mentors.

Be sure to check out the FIRST Alumni site for information on Internships and Networking opportunities!

If you are staying in Memphis (going to CBU or UofM perhaps), and would like to stay involved here are some ideas:

  • Become a mentor for your HS team (if you are going into STEM, put what you are learning at College to the test)
  • Help with First Lego League as a mentor, judge or referee (contact memphisfirstteams@gmail.com and ask how you can help!)
  • Volunteer at FIRST Events like Kick Off, Quick Builds, Robot Camps, compeitions and workshops (contact memphisfirstteams@gmail.com and ask how you can help!)
  • Join a University Robotics Team (Both UofM and CBU have teams for the IEEE SoutheastCon Competition for engineering students)
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