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.
The TVA Grant is now opened and is accepting applications for the 2020-21 FIRST Season
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.
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
To confirm that they have successfully submitted the application
To notify them of approval and application of funds
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.