Smoky Mountain Regional in the News

Editor Note: Although not specifically about Memphis Teams, the article below is about the Smoky Mountain Regional and also had images of Collierville Dragons – Team 5002….

Blount County Robotics maneuvers into semifinals at Smoky Mountains Regional

From: The Daily Times
Dated Apr 1, 2018

Tennessee Robotics Team Advances To FIRST Semifinals.

The Maryville (TN) Daily Times (4/1) reports the University of Tennessee’s Tickle School of Engineering sponsored the Smoky Mountains Regional FIRST Robotics competition in Knoxville last weekend. At the event, the Blount County Robotics team earned “a spot at the semifinals.” BCR had to rebuild its team this year because “a large number of senior members graduated in 2017.” About 20 students and three STEM teachers – Maryville High School’s Jill McElroy, Alcoa High School’s Shawn Kerr, and William Blount High School’s Keith Shannon – currently participate in BCR. The team’s “robot had trouble grabbing and holding boxes during the matches” at the Palmetto Regional competition last month, so the students “redesigned its arm, carving pieces with a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine.” Once the competition season ends, BCR “will be recruiting through the summer and after fall break will focus on training, such as safety and how to use the tools.”

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Oh My…Almost missed National Robotics Week!

Did you know this week is National Robotics Week (April 7-15)? I almost missed it!

What is National Robotics Week:

National Robotics Week (RoboWeek) is a series of grassroots events and activities during the month of April aimed at increasing public awareness of the strength and importance of the U.S. robotics industry and of the tremendous social and cultural impact that robotics will have on the future. Activities come in all shapes and sizes from a robot block party, university open house, or a robotics competition. The mission of RoboWeek is simple — to inspire students in STEM-related fields and to share the excitement of robotics with audiences of all ages. Celebrate RoboWeek by hosting an event in your community, sponsoring or attending a local event, or spreading the word on social media.
The Purpose of National Robotics Week

  • Celebrate the U.S. as a leader in robotics technology development
  • Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
  • Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields

Is your team doing an event this week….LIST IT HERE!

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Livestream all of the FIRST Championship Action

A front-row seat to FIRST Championship is just a click away. You can catch all the action on the FIRST Twitch Channel beginning April 18. Before the event, meet teams live on April 13 and April 14 at 7 p.m. ET.


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Secret City Festival – Off Season Event

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Future Women Engineers Program

This summer program is for female students grades 8th-12th. The activities of this summer program included hands-on activities in areas of Civil & Environmental, Chemical & Biochemical, Electrical & Computer, and Mechanical Engineering. The program also included industrial tours and talks by professional women engineers and scientists.

To sign up, CLICK HERE.

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