FIRST LEGO League Team Blast #2 (Sep 11, 2019)

FIRST LEGO League Team Blast #2

Hello teams,

There are four important items in this email (and one person looking to volunteer with teams in the west side of Toronto):
  1. Welcome letter
  2. Kickoff Training Opportunities
  3. Mac Users Beware!
  4. Tournaments
  5. Volunteer looking for a team
WELCOME LETTER

Please see the welcome letter attached to this email which outlines some items you need to ensure you have for this season as well as a source of resources available to you.  This is a valuable read for any team but especially for rookies!

KICKOFF TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

This is a reminder to teams from last weeks’ email that there are multiple Kickoffs running throughout the province this month.  If you are interested in receiving some face to face training, check out the information in last week’s email found here.

MAC USERS BEWARE!
This message (in green below) comes from LEGO Education directly in Denmark:

The current version of the EV3 Lab software is not compatible with the upcoming update to macOS, called Catalina. We are therefore introducing a brand-new EV3 app in November 2019, called LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Classroom. Based on the SPIKE™ app, EV3 Classroom will feature a coding language based on Scratch that we are confident will unleash the full potential of EV3 in the FIRST LEGO League program. The first release of EV3 Classroom will be in US English, followed by the other 15 EV3 languages in spring 2020.

To continue to enjoy an uninterrupted EV3 experience and to avoid losing your programs, we strongly recommend that you do not update to Catalina until the end of the FIRST LEGO League season in July 2020. If you have already updated to the new OS, please contact Technical Consumer Service at education.LEGO.com/en-us/support to discuss how we can help you during this transition period.

For further questions and support, we encourage you to reach out to Technical Consumer Service using the link above.

TOURNAMENTS

There will be tournaments for teams held in November and December and registration for those will open around Thanksgiving Weekend.  Further details on that will be coming in the weeks ahead.

VOLUNTEERING
If you’re in the west side of Toronto near this postal code (M6E 1Y5) there is an individual who contacted me (this.is.yildirim@gmail.com) who is interested in helping.  This person left this message: Hello Ma’am/Sir, When I was computer/robotics teacher in Cleveland, OH, I coached a team and participated in FLL for two years. Currently, I live in Etobicoke, Toronto. And I would be interested in voluntarily working with some teams here. Thanks
This person is in Brampton and interested in helping a team as well:
happyvpatel <happyvpatel@yahoo.ca>
If you’re interested feel free to reach out and arrange a meeting to get to know this person.

That’s all for now!

Dave

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