More than Robots Official Trailer

We are thrilled to announce a new feature-length documentary about FIRST® coming soon to Disney+ titled More Than Robots.

Directed by Gillian Jacobs, “More Than Robots” chronicles the 2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition season as four high school robotics teams compete in INFINITE RECHARGESM and are challenged to embrace problem-solving, creativity and innovation to build a robot and compete in a competition unlike any other.

With the skill and hope that their unique robot design propels them to the coveted global championship, teams must overcome challenges, from having limited resources within their community to putting everything on hold because of a world-wide pandemic. With the world at a standstill, these students are tested to find the hero in themselves and use their unique skills to be forces for good, proving that the FIRST community is much More Than RobotsSM

“More Than Robots” will premiere at the world-renowned SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival on March 14 and stream exclusively on Disney+ starting Friday, March 18.

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Kick Off 2022

Go here to download encrypted game manual:

Go here to download the KOP info:

Field Info:

W3lc0m3B^Ck2022! (letter after c is a zero)

Whats new in the Control System for 2022-23

Kickoff Release of Software:

Here is a link to the FIRST YouTube Channel:

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Mech Warrior’s Recruitment Event

Register HERE

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TN Valley Robotics Video

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FIRST at Local Robotics Show

This week, the A3 Autonomous Mobile Robotics & Logistics Conference was held at the Renasant Convention Center here in Memphis. Thanks to the primary sponsor, FedEx, FIRST was represented by local teams at the event.

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New Coach and Mentor Training Available Online

First has produced a new 20-minute interactive coach and mentor training can help you build useful skills to navigate your first season including:

  • Creating a safe and inclusive environment where students can learn and thrive.
  • Understanding of the FIRST® Core Values and how to connect them to your team sessions.
  • Resources and tips for structuring your team meetings and conflict resolution.

If your team is starting the year remotely or in a hybrid setting, our remote mentoring training can help you learn more about running safe and inclusive remote meetings, how to build a sense of community for your team, and further resources and support.

We can’t wait for you and your team to join us!

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Virtual Code Camp

Click here to Apply

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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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