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

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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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INVITATION: Virtual College Fair

On November 12, FIRST partner Tallo is hosting a free virtual college fair specifically for FIRST students! We will introduce you to colleges who are looking for FIRST students because on your teams you have learned the skills and gained the necessary experience to be successful in the future. We’re using a new app, Ping by Tallo, to match you with colleges based on how your interests and preferences align with theirs. It’s a fast and easy way to learn about new schools who have great programs, choose who you want to connect with, and email their representatives a connection request.

Sign up today! Choose the “FIRST Fair” when you sign up.

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TVA Grant Opened

The TVA Grant is now opened and is accepting applications for the 2020-21 FIRST Season

Team Eligibility:

  • All FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotic teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding, which will cover the following for each program:
    • FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie team – $1,000 towards Registration fees
    • FIRST Tech Challenge – $306 Registration, shipping and tax
    • FIRST LEGO League Explore – $130 Registration, Inspire Set, tax and shipping
    • FIRST LEGO League Challenge – $363 Registration, Challenge Set, tax and shipping
    • FIRST Robotics Competition Veteran team – $500 towards Registration fees
  • Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and hold a temporary team (if a Rookie team) or team number (Veteran teams), however, teams must NOT pay for registration as it will forfeit their TVA Grant. No exceptions, substitutions or refunds will be made.
  • TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be available until Dec 1, 2020 OR until funds for the grant have been utilized.

Next Steps:

  • All teams interested in receiving TVA funds must submit a very short online application to FIRST
  • FIRST will send grant information and the application link to all teams that received TVA funding last season and encourage them to apply for funds if they intend to participate this season.
  • We ask that Partners send the application link to any other teams that are eligible for TVA funds – new/rookie teams or returning teams that did not receive funding last season.
  • You may choose to post the TVA information and application link on your website or social media channels

TVA Grant Process

  • FIRST will review all grant requests.
  • FIRST will send the grant requests to Tennessee Valley Authority to verify the team’s location within their service area. This process usually takes 48 hours.
  • Once FIRST receives the approval back from Tennessee Valley Authority, teams can expect the grant funds to be available within 5 business days.
  • Teams should expect to receive 3 emails during the application process
    1. To confirm that they have successfully submitted the application
    2. To notify them of approval and application of funds
    3. Information about recognizing/thanking TVA and the use of the TVA logo.
  • Any teams that have already paid registration or are outside of the TVA services area will be referred back to the Partner.
  • Any questions regarding this process should be directed to Amanda Pham at
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Society for Information Management

For years SIM (Society for Information Management) has been working with Memphis FIRST FRC teams and our FLL Partner. Now SIM is going nation wide with a new National Alliance with FIRST. Read Below:

FIRST welcomes new Alliance: SIM Foundation
FIRST establishes valuable national Alliance relationships with a network of like-minded organizations that are committed to programming that ignites young minds and advocating for access to STEM education opportunities. We’re excited to announce the newest FIRST Alliance is SIM (Society for Information Management) Foundation. Welcome!

The new partnership will engage SIM members – a network of thousands of IT business leaders – as mentors, coaches, volunteers, and fundraisers for FIRST programs with the common goal of promoting STEM education to students, including girls and underrepresented groups. SIM Foundation has also named FIRST as the primary beneficiary of the upcoming SIM Foundation Virtual V.I.P. Networking Reception during SIM’s National Giveback Week on Friday, November 6. Thank you to the SIM Foundation for designating FIRST as the beneficiary for this event and joining us in this meaningful long-term partnership.
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