FIRST® LEGO® League season challenges kick off in 2 weeks

This robotics season, we’re stepping into the world of sports, play, and fitness – moving, collaborating, competing, and celebrating. In RePLAYSM and PLAYMAKERSSM, FIRST® LEGO® League students will explore the activities we can do in different spaces for play and how we can ensure that our games and activities are fun and accessible for everyone involved. For all FIRST LEGO League divisions, challenge materials will be released Tuesday, August 4, at 12:00 p.m. ET. Are you ready to play? Register your team by logging in to your dashboard.

Join the season kickoff celebration on FIRSTtv Tuesday, August 4, at 1:00 pm ET. Hosts Deejay Knight and Steve Mackenzie, along with special guests, will give you a closer look at this season’s challenges, answer your questions, and show how teams will redefine the game as part of the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season. Sign up here to receive a tune-in reminder.

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TN Valley Robotics – Video Competition

TN Valley Robotics is sponsoring a video competition for robotics teams & individuals to promote robotics in the TN Valley region. We will have three categories ( elementary, middle/high school, and teacher/coach). We will choose 12 videos that best represent why our Valley youth are engaged in robotics. Each of those 12 winners will receive $100 for their robotics team.

For details please read THIS DOCUMENT.

Since these videos may be used in schools, companies, on TN Valley Robotics web site and other locations to increase the interest in robotics for other students, a RELEASE is required for all individuals appearing in the video.

If you have questions please contact Charley Spencer at

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New Server

Over the summer months, we transferred this website to a new server. We have tested it thoroughly, but if you find broken links, please let us know.

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Season Theme Teaser (all programs)

Watch FIRST Virtual Showcase Presented by Qualcomm from FIRSTinspires on

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FIRST Virtual Showcase

Join us for a gathering of the FIRST community recognizing the achievements of FIRST teams, mentors and volunteers around the world during the FIRST RISE powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season, to date.

To watch the FIRST Virtual Showcase Presented by Qualcomm, tune in to FIRSTtv’s Twitch channel on May 2 at 9am-11am CST:

Together, we RISE.

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Urban STEM Scholarship at the U of M

The Urban STEM Collaboratory invites applications for the 2020-2021 STEM Scholars program. Scholarships are awarded in a range of $2,500-$10,000 per academic year and are renewable through the 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.

* 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 freshman
* Minimum college GPA of 2.8 for current freshmen
* Minimum 26 composite score on the ACT, or equivalent
* Must be eligible for financial aid as determined by the FAFSA

To apply:
* Complete the online application
* Be sure to include names and email addresses for two references (high school or college faculty or administrators)
* Application review begins April 30, 2020 and will continue until all spots are filled

For more information or to apply please visit

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A Message from Dean Kamen: FIRST & COVID-19

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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.


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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