Important: FIRST COVID-19 Update

Dear friends, colleagues & partners,

It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season [including the Memphis FRC Regional] and the cancellation of both Championship events. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past 24 hours.  The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so we have decided to suspend all season play across all Programs worldwide, effective immediately, including the cancellation of both FIRST Championship events. Please know that FIRST Championship registration fees will be refunded.

This difficult decision was grounded in FIRST’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. During this challenging time, we have been working closely with our program delivery partners (PDPs) and event organizers around the world to navigate and mitigate the risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many of our events in the United States and around the world have been canceled or postponed, including more than half of all future FIRST Robotics Competition events. We acknowledge and appreciate the thousands of teams, parents, mentors, coaches and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into this season, and we share your disappointment.

The mission of FIRST has always been to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, and we continue to be deeply committed to this mission. We know that you will have questions, and we will provide answers in the following days and weeks as we navigate what has been an unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Larry Cohen, President of FIRST

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Control System Update

Did you see the FRC Blog on the 2022 Control System Update? If not, view the whole thing HERE.

But to summarize: The current control system will play though the 2021 season, and then after that a NEW RoboRio with more capabilities and other goodies.

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MechWarriors head off to Palmetto Regional

So it begins. The “Infinite Recharge” Season begins for Memphis teams with the MechWarriors (Team 4764) heading off to the Palmetto Regional in Myrtle Beach SC.

You can watch the competition LIVE:

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UofM Urban STEM Scholars program

Applications for 2020-2021 Urban STEM Scholars Program are Open!

Scholarships are awarded in a range of $2,500-$10,000 per academic year and are renewable through your senior year based on continued eligibility and funding availability. Scholars will become a part of a STEM Community and will engage in a variety of academic, social, and career support programs designed to help them succeed academically and professionally.

In addition to providing significant financial assistance to Urban STEM Collaboratory Scholars, the project also creates additional support for students through:

  • Special Mathematics Course Sections
  • Academic Social Network
  • Urban STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program
  • Faculty, Peer, and Career Networking Program
  • Leadership Opportunities

Eligibility:

  • Open to Engineering or Mathematical Sciences majors at the University of Memphis
  • Must be an entering or current freshman at the time of application
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 for entering freshmen
  • Minimum college GPA of 2.8 for current freshmen 
  • Minimum of 26 composite score on the ACT, or equivalent
  • Must be eligible for financial aid as determined by the FAFSA
  • Must be US citizen or permanent resident

To apply, visit our website: https://www.memphis.edu/urbanstem/

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Memphis Regional

March 18-21, 2020

Collerville High School
11605 E Shelby Drive
Collerville, TN

Schedule: CLICK HERE

Box Lunch Order Form (for teams): CLICK HERE
[DEADLINE March 9 to submit forms – so get them in quick]

Interested in volunteering at the event. Please CLICK HERE to register. There are plenty of jobs for those who are not technically inclined, so don’t feel you have to be a robot expert to help out!

The Memphis Regional is sponsored by:

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