Library Foundation Awards FRC Sponsor their Corporate Award

On Sunday April 15, 2018 at the Memphis Public Library’s’ Volunteer Recognition Event, AZO Inc of Memphis was recognized for their contributions (both financially and mentoring) with the 2018 Corporate Volunteer Partner of the Year. Azo has been a major sponsor for the MechWarriors (FRC Team 4764). Receiving the award on behalf of Azo was Casey King.

Thank you Azo Inc for all you do for the team!

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Summer Camps

Looking for summer camps. Here are some you might be interested in:

CodeCrew has a number of programming and robotics summer camps at various times and locations for grades 1-12. See there website: for more information.

Programs include coding, robotics, mobile app development and more….

The library and Cloud 901 have a number of summer camps for students ages 9-18. See for more information.

Programs include Robotics (including Lego Mindstorms), STEM, Art, and Music.

Game Design Camp

High school students (ages 14-18) can learn video game design and programming to create their own interactive graphic novel at the Creative Game Design Camp June 4-8. Students with some computing skills will learn enough coding to create interactive graphic novels, which are a type of game that encourage creativity through storytelling. Students will work in teams to create their own games. The camp will conclude with a demonstration of student-created games. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Register here. For more information, email

Girls Experiencing Engineering

Applications are now available for the UofM Girls Experiencing Engineering program for middle- and high-school girls at the Herff College of Engineering. GEE is a fast-paced, interactive summer program that seeks to instill young women with confidence, interest and awareness of the wide array of career opportunities within the science, technology and engineering fields. This is achieved through a hands-on, “real world,” projects-based curriculum and dynamic professional engineers serving as guest speakers. More details and registration

Cyber Ambassadors Tech Camp 2018 Cyber Ambassadors Tech Camp

Date: June 18-22
Time: 9 am-2 pm
Location: UofM Main campus

Cyber Ambassadors Tech Camp 2018 Flyer
About the Cyber Ambassador Tech Camp

The University of Memphis is excited to host the 2018 Cyber Ambassadors Tech Camp for high school students. This camp will introduce students to the concepts of Ethical Hacking, Software Patching and Coding.

The week will culminate with a short Capture the Flag competition. By the end of the week, students will have gained enough experience to earn their own Cyber Ambassador emblems.

There is a $50 application fee, however, it will only be charged upon acceptance into camp (which will be determined in May). Refunds must be requested by June 11 to be fulfilled. While lunch will not be provided, small snacks will be made available. Space is limited. For more information, call 901.678.4271 or email:

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Off Season Events in the Area

Event: 2018 Ozark Mountain Brawl

Date/Time: Friday, September 28: 4pm to 9pm, Saturday, September 29: 8:30am to 6pm

Location: Harding Academy, Searcy, Arkansas

Contact: Brian Jones,

Registration Portal: CLICK HERE

Event: Secret City Festival
Date: June 7 – 9, 2018
Location: Oak Ridge TN

More Info

Georgia had GRITS (Ga Robotics Invitational Tournament and Showcase) in October 2017, but I do not see it listed for 2018 yet….but if I get anything on it I will post it here.

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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.”

Full Article

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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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