There is a lot of information here—please read it all thoroughly.

————— EVENT DETAILS —————


Penn High School

56100 Bittersweet Rd. 

Mishawaka, IN 46545

Load-in: March 1st, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Competition Days:

  • March 2nd, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

  • March 3rd, 7:00 am – ~6:00 pm

Event Page:

FIN Event Page:

Share this on your team’s social media and post team photos as you prepare for the event in the upcoming weeks. Share it with your parents, fans, and sponsors.

Social Media: Tag @FIRSTINRobotics on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtags #INMIS #OMGRobots #FINFAM #CRESCENDO


————— HOTELS —————————

Discounted rates on local hotels for the event can be found via the Visit South Bend Hotel Booking site.

Booking through this site helps subsidize hotel rates for our volunteers!

————– FOOD —————————–

Teams are welcome to bring food into the venue; however, electric appliances (crockpots, skillets, etc) are not allowed within the venue. 

Preorder food:

To help get food to you quickly, we have provided you with order forms from local restaurants that are willing to deliver boxed lunches right to you. Place your order directly with the restaurant, and please specify your team number when ordering. Payment is also due upon ordering.

Be considerate and place your order by Friday, February 23.

Saturday, you may order from Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen

Sunday, you may order from Nelson’s Chicken.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Tara Pieters

PLEASE designate a person to pick up your food order.

Vendors prefer credit card payment at the time of order.

Signs will be displayed in the eating area to direct you to pick up

Saturday pick-up will be available at 12:30.

Sunday pick-up will be available at 12:30.

Place orders by Friday, Feb 23, 2024

Tara Pieters

Saturday, March 2 ONLY

Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen


5110 Edison Lakes Pkwy

Mishawaka, IN 46545

Papa Vino’s Order Link

In the link provided, you can choose from sandwiches or pasta trays.

  • 6-inch Sandwiches come with chips and a cookie.

  • The family-style pasta tray comes with salad and cookies.

For payment, contact the Manager at 574-243-6106 or email

Sunday, March 3 ONLY

Nelson’s Chicken

Ph: 574-862-2184          Fax: 574-862-2434

607 Nelson’s Parkway

Wakarusa, IN 46573

Nelson’s Chicken Order Form

This is a Google Drive link – email if you can’t access the form

Food trucks will be available outside in the Penn parking lot for spectators from approximately 11 am-3 pm both days.  Concession stands will be open to serve drinks and snacks. Tom’s Coffee Truck will be available Saturday morning ONLY.


Adult volunteers are needed!

Please encourage your families to register and volunteer via their FIRST dashboard at Only able to help for a shorter shift? Let us know when you are available in the comment section when signing up.

New for the 2024 competition season: 

All teams are required to provide one adult volunteer at each event they attend. This helps our events run smoothly for your students!

Please have someone from your team complete this form letting us know who is volunteering from your team –

—————-INVITE OTHERS—————

We want to encourage every team to personally invite your principal(s), superintendents, locally elected officials (, and reach out to nearby schools to invite teachers, principals, etc., to come to learn about FIRST.  The true impact of our program is when we can bring more FIRST programming to more Indiana youth.
We can handle VIP tours on both days, but day 1 is usually the best.  Encourage your invitees to come on Day 1 after opening ceremonies (usually about 10:30 AM).  If you are inviting local people, invite them to join you for lunch!
Please make sure to introduce your special guests to FIN staff!


Event: Monica Bravo Hochstein

Food: Tara Pieters

Team Support: Chris Osborne at