2021 Championships and how it affects West TN

As announced by FIRST HQ today, the two World Championships have been moved to Mid July (Houston) and Early August (Detroit).

What does this mean for West TN? Well it means we will also be moving events to latter in the season to allow teams more time to prepare given the extra burdens placed on teams due to Covid 19.

West TN FLL Challenge and Explore will be having their Remote Event(s) in Feb and March. FTC TN Championship will be latter in the season (probably a Remote Event – Date TBD). We have yet to hear about FRC plans (but this is to be expected since FRC kickoff is not for some time yet).

Stay tuned to this website for more news on FIRST Events for teams in West TN.

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New FIRST® @ Home Curriculum

Whether in the classroom or at home learning, continue to engage students in STEM learning, skill development, and FUN with a 12 session learning series for teachers, parents, and coaches created by FIRST Education. These free and flexible PreK-12 STEM activities are available for download now.  

There is a different curriculum targeting PreK-1, 2-4, 4-8 and 7-12 grades.

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Covid-19 and FIRST

Wondering what your season might look like if your team is being affected by Covid-19? FIRST has THIS WEBPAGE to help your navigate teams and events in the age of Covid. This includes info on the Remote Event Hub.

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Did you see

Just wanted to point out that our very own FIRST Senior Mentor (Randall Phillips) was featured at the top of this weeks Volunteer Newsletter:

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Download RePLAY posters, wallpapers, and more

Rally your team for the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, season with posters, wallpapers, and more free, downloadable content!

Here’s a preview of what’s available:

  • Season logo files to create your own shirts and other swag
  • Social media graphics to share your excitement for the season
  • Recruitment posters to help you grow your team
  • Trading card template that your team can design and share with other FIRST teams
  • Approved Star Wars images kindly put together for teams to use on promotional merchandise and materials that are not for sale
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Season Guidance for COVID-19 Interruptions

From FIRST HQ:

We recognize that during the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change: season for 2020 – 2021 there will certainly be a variety of scenarios and issues that arise that make a normal FIRST experience challenging. The guidance provided allows for an à la carte series of options separated into specific categories from which you can put together to assist with participation this season.

This guide is designed to provide suggestions and options and are not prescriptive; considerations for what is best for your local situation should be prioritized. Local health and safety regulations and guidance should precede any of the recommendations in this guide.  

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Discover Kickoff Video

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Remote Events for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST® Tech Challenge

From FIRST HQ:

For regions that continue to be disrupted by COVID-19 and require social distancing, we have been working on remote event solutions for the 2020/2021 season. To help transition to remote events, we are developing the FIRST Remote Event Hub to provide a comprehensive remote experience for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST® Tech Challenge teams and volunteers. Read more about our current plan on the Inspire blog.

For West TN Teams:

FLL Discover is done in the classroom
FLL Explore (TBA)
FLL Challenge will be via Remote Events this year for West TN
FTC check with your event’s Program Delivery Partner

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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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