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.
During these uncertain and challenging times, we’re committed more than ever to supporting members of our community, like you, and providing every participant a valuable, enjoyable experience, regardless of learning environment.
To help you bring exciting STEM activities proven to build technical and holistic skills to your team, we’ve created resources you can use during the RePLAYSM season.
Modification Guidance: This modification guidance can help you engage students in the FIRST® experience. These suggestions and options are not prescriptive, and local health and safety regulations and guidance should precede any of the recommendations in the guide.
Digital Season Materials: Your FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge team registration includes digital access to season materials and resources through the FIRST Thinkscape Portal in your dashboard. In the portal, you’ll find the Team Meeting Guide, a static and interactive version of the Engineering Notebook, and more!
Additional Challenge Sets: To aid with remote participation this season, registered teams can order one additional RePLAY Challenge Set for $75. Applicable sales tax and shipping fees will be added to each order.
FIRST Professional Learning Community: This new forum is a resource for coaches, teachers, and other adults associated with registered teams and Class Pack sites to connect with each other, ask questions, and share resources and ideas about how FIRST can be run this season.
Lego is pleased to announce that the Scratch-based EV3 Classroom App is now available for download in the Windows 10 App Store. This app enables teams to code with the popular vertical programming language based on Scratch. EV3 Classroom is supported throughout the Engineering Notebook and Team Meeting Guide, and provides an intuitive and efficient coding experience.
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.
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.
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.
FIRST® and LEGO® Education have been made aware that some of the 3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fasteners included in the RePLAY Challenge Sets, generously donated by FIRST LEGO League sponsor 3M, was damaged by an outside converter during the die cutting process. The damaged material may not attach the models as securely to the mat as intended, which may cause problems during field set-up or the Robot Game itself. We want every piece of FIRST LEGO League equipment to live up to our high-quality standards and are working quickly to find a suitable solution. Although some of you may experience the issue, we ask you to please carry on with the RePLAY season until we provide further guidance or information.
To assist with remote participation registered teams will be allowed this season to order one additional RePLAYSM Challenge set for $75 and/or one additional PLAYMAKERSSM Explore set for $35 (Your first Explore set is included with $99 registration fee). Applicable sales tax and shipping fees will be added to each order. This function will be available on the FIRST store beginning August 27.