FIRST® Senior Mentor of West Tennessee featured by FIRST® HQ

On February 28, 2021, FIRST® was also celebrating Black History Month where Mr. Randall C. Phillips was one of our African American (FIRST Senior Mentors) FSMs featured in their Social Media series. Phillips is our FSM covering Western TN, Eastern AR, & Northern MS for 3 years.

On February 16, 2021, Mr. Phillips also took part as a panelist in the FIRST® Innovation Challenge Expert Education Series, Episode 5 which aired on the same date. This was done LIVE and Recorded for reviewing now. Phillips is a very proud to be apart of both!!!

FIRST Innovation Challenge –
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Mr. Phillips is a Business Mentor to a FIRST® Tech Challenge Robotics Team as well as a FIRST® Robotics Competition Team for 12 years. Presently and for the last 5 years, Phillips is coaching a FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Robotics Team and FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Robotics Team. Mr. Phillips also Instructs in coding & programming as a Teaching Assistant, plus he assists his Curriculum and Instruction Manager at CodeCrew. Lastly, Mr. Phillips is also a contract Instructor for YWCA of Greater Memphis teaching software and computer skills. FIRST, CodeCrew, & YWCA are all non-profit organizations.

Continue to support us!
(Science, Technology, Reading/wRiting, Engineering, Mathematics)
Robotics all wrapped inside!!!

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FIRST Innovation Challenge Expert Education Series

As part of the FIRST® Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm, FIRST is hosting an expert educational series featuring conversations with innovators and essential tips teams can apply to succeed in the challenge. Topics may include:

  • pitch advice
  • business model education
  • intellectual property
  • careers in innovation
  • product development
  • using CAD to show design

The three-month series will be a combination of informative webinars, Q&As and live panel discussions featuring dynamic FIRST alumni and experts from our sponsors, allowing teams to engage with real-world innovators and entrepreneurs.

For more info and a link to the sessions follow THIS LINK.

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Make sure to check out Team Update 00

Make sure you read “Team Update 00” (found HERE). It is a list of all the changes to the game from 2020 to 2021.

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Join us for Kickoff this Saturday
This Saturday, join the FIRST® community as we kick off new challenges and celebrate the 2021 season of FIRST® Robotics Competition, part of the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season. Tune in January 9 at 12 p.m. ET on FIRSTtv on Twitch as Dean Kamen, Larry Cohen, FIRST alumni, and other special guests help us reveal the FIRST® Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm to FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST® Tech Challenge teams, as well as the FIRST Robotics Competition Game Design Challenge and INFINITE RECHARGESM at Home details. Sign up now to receive a tune-in reminder before the Kickoff Celebration Broadcast, officially sponsored by the United States Air Force.
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How to Watch Twitch (And the FIRST Chanel) on Roku

FIRST does a lot of broadcasts on TWITCH, but last year twitch was dropped by Roku. Since this was my (editor’s) preferred way to watch these broadcasts, I searched for a new way to watch them (for the upcoming FIRST season) and found this video which does allow watching FIRST Twitch Channel on Roku.

This is not an official Roku channel and is not an official TWITCH app, so use at your own risk, but personally, I am using it because I love watching these on my bigger TV vs having to watch on my computer.

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Kickoff is Nearly Here

2021 INFINITE RECHARGE Kickoff header image


Kickoff ignites the start of the 2021 FIRST® Robotics Competition season, INFINITE RECHARGESM.

Whether your team has 15 or 50 (or 500!) students, we have exciting new challenges so everyone on your team can get in the game this season.

Join FIRST® faves from around the world, Dean Kamen, Larry Cohen, and special guests as we reveal the FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm, the Game Design Challenge, INFINITE RECHARGE at Home, and other game and season details.

Watch the Kickoff Celebration Broadcast
Saturday, January 9, 2021 | 12 pm ET on FIRSTtv

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Pre Kickoff Fun

No this isn’t the official kick off, just some pre kickoff fun!

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Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

Click HERE for more info and HERE to go to website. Application is opened from Nov 30, 2020 to Feb 18, 2021.

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FIRST @ Home

FIRST @ Home is a website full of activities and resources about programming, CAD, Artificial Intelligence, STEM and more! It have activities for all grade levels (K-12). Check it out HERE.

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Calling all High School Roboticists!

Memphis Public Libraries invites parents and students to attend one of our Virtual Recruitment Days for our Community Robotics Team, the Memphis MechWarriors! Parents and students are invited to two opportunities, December 7th or 8th from 3pm-5pm to hear more about the team and how they can be involved.

This opportunity is open to Memphis/Shelby County residents ages 14-18. The Memphis MechWarriors team #4764 is an official FRC team under FIRST Robotics. Our community based team of high school students are challenged to build industrial-size robots and compete with students all over the world. This is great for students interested in a top STEM based program. All skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Register Here! for more information please reach out to us at

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