Cross Program Update 4-29-2021

Cross Program Opportunities

FIN Community Showcase Pitch Competition Sponsored by InnovateWithIN

Submission Deadline May 4th, 5PM Eastern

We are excited to announce an opportunity for all teams to take part in a pitch competition.  Take your innovation challenge ideas and pitch them to our judges for a chance at some cash prizes. FLL, FTC, and FRC teams are invited to take part in this great opportunity!

Teams will submit a one-page business plan executive summary and a short video explaining their idea.

The video is NOT part of the judging process.  It is simply to explain your proposal a bit prior to the judges seeing your pitch.

Then, on May 12th, teams will be assigned a judging session on Zoom.  A team of up to 3 students will do a 5 minute “Shark Tank” style pitch, and a 5 minute Q&A will follow.

Judges will convene, and then we will announce the top 3 teams.

  • 1st Prize $1500
  • 2nd Prize $1000
  • 3rd Prize $500

The prize money is unrestricted and will be sent to your team by check.  Use the money next year for registration, buy really cool stuff from AndyMark, start an FLL or FTC team for your pipeline growth, it’s up to you!

Complete this form to enter your team.  You do NOT have to have competed in the Innovation Challenge with FIRST to take part in this.  All teams are eligible! 

FIN Awards Show and Celebration

Join us on our Twitch Channel – on Thursday, May 13th at 7 PM Eastern


State Championship Chairman’s Award
Dean’s List Finalists
Woodie Flowers Finalist Award
At Home Award Winners

FTC – Teams that have advanced to the state championship.

FLL – Global Innovation Award Nominee and Finalists, Season 1 and 2 Award Winners

FLL Explore – Award winners from our FLL Explore Festival in February

We will also be celebrating our seniors in FTC and FRC!

College Open House Monday, May 10th, 5PM – 7PM Eastern Time

Please encourage your current high school students to attend our college open house.  Meet with admissions representatives from IU, IUPUI, Trine, Valparaiso University, and Rose-Hulman.  Meet students from Rose-Hulman, IU, Purdue, and others to learn how they can get involved with FIRST at those institutions.  Students will learn about scholarship opportunities, get advice on how to apply, and leverage their FIRST experience in their application process.  We will be using the highly interactive platform Gather Town.

Share this link with your students –

Student Board of Directors Applications

Starting the 2021-2022 year, FIN will be accepting applications from any FRC or FTC student that is entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for our Student Board of Directors. To learn about the time commitment and expectations, read this document.

To apply for the student board, please complete this form.

Mentors, parents, etc. please share the application link with your FTC or FRC students.  Thank you!

Students will have opportunities to attend FIN Board of Directors meetings to represent students on the board (non-voting member), work with FIN to grow FIRST, meet with legislators and other community leaders to increase recognition of FIRST in Indiana, and take on unique projects that the board chooses to pursue.

If you have questions about the Student Board, please contact Chris Osborne:

We would like applications in by May 15th.  Thank you.

We have some upcoming end-of-season requests, deadlines, etc. for our FRC community.

Using the buttons above, please complete the FRC team survey. (27 / 58 have completed as of today 4-29-21)  If we can get these by May 15th, we would appreciate it.  We will call teams that haven’t completed the survey in order to get at the crucial data we need to inform our sponsors of their impact. Make sure to only have one mentor from each team complete the survey.  Thank you!

Please share the student impact survey link with your students.

We also need your input on offseason events, that we have learned can begin as soon as July 1st.  In order to best serve our Indiana teams, we need to know if your team can participate, what restrictions you may have, etc.

Senior Recognition

We will continue to take senior information up until May 7th.  Please complete the form instead of emailing the information.

Coaches and Parents – We need information about your seniors!  Please complete this form for each student on your team.

Latest FRC Blog Post

Read the latest from Frank on his blog –

FRC Office Hours – Virtually

Every Tuesday and Wednesday 7:00PM – 7:30PM Eastern Time mentors can call in with questions about off-season events, upcoming virtual events, next year, and more.  To register for the call –

Live FTC Events

Watch our upcoming League Tournament and then the State Championship on our FIRST Indiana Robotics Twitch Channel.

Metro League Tournament – Saturday, May 1st –

FTC State Championship – Saturday, May 15th –

Make sure to tell your students, friends, and family that they can watch LIVE!

Senior Recognition

Coaches and Parents – We need information about your seniors!  Please complete this form for each student on your team.

The FLL Challenge Teaser is out for the 2021-2022 school year!  We are excited to show you a quick peek at “Cargo Connect.”

We will be announcing the opening of FLL Challenge and Explore registration soon.  We look forward to a return of so many of our teams that took the year off due to COVID restrictions.