Cross Program Update 5-6-2021

Cross Program Opportunities

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 –

Win some swag for your team!  Every student who attends will be entered into a drawing.  The winners will have a swag bag sent to their team from one of our scholarship providers!  

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!

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.

Marion County High School Students

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s applications are now being accepted for the 2021-22 Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC) to amplify youth voice and perspective in this city.  Applications are open now until June 18, 2021, and are in partnership with Leadership Indianapolis, the Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY), and the City of Indianapolis, with support provided by the Lilly Endowment.

The MYLC will serve two primary functions:  

  • To train young people to become civically engaged now and to build a sense of civic responsibility in them for the future.
  • To provide an advisory group to the Mayor and city government that will keep city leaders connected to the issues of young citizens.

Details on the application process:

  • Completed applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 18th.
  • Candidates will be notified and invited to interview on June 23rd. Selected students will be notified asked to confirm their interview time within 48 hours (by June 25th).
  • All MYLC interviews will take place June 28th-30th.
  • There will be 25 total members chosen for the MYLC 2021-2022 class and announced on July 2nd.
  • Those not selected will be notified (no later than July 5th)
  • Orientation will take place in July, time TBA.

This council is open to all current sophomore and junior students in your school, program, and/or family. This opportunity is not reserved only for high-achieving students or those in prominent leadership roles already; MCCOY and connected partners hope to find several unsung heroes or quiet leaders who have a passion for making the city a better place. Interested students can apply here by June 18th.

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 Monday, May 10th.  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.

FIRST HQ Awards Shows – Save the Dates!

On Saturday, May 22nd at 12 p.m. noon Eastern Time on FIRSTtv, FIRST will be holding a virtual awards show to announce the 20 Game Design Challenge Finalists and celebrate the accomplishments of our teams this season. In addition to this, FIRST will host a virtual celebration broadcast featuring special guests on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 12 p.m. noon Eastern Time on FIRSTtv. During the broadcast, FIRST will reveal the 2021 Dean’s List Award Winners, 2021 Volunteers of the Year, 2021 Woodie Flowers Award, the Game Design Challenge Winners, and the Championship level Chairman’s Award Winners and Finalists.

Prepayment for next season
Do you have funds that have to be used before the end of the school year? FIRST often hears from teams who have funds to spend before their budgets close at the end of the school year, but the registration system won’t be open to accepting payments until later this season. They are pleased to offer a solution for these teams! Teams who would like to pay their registration fee before the end of their fiscal year will need to get in touch with our finance team at ar@firstinspires.orgFIRST ® finance will then work with the team to provide them with what may be needed in order to send payment.

Live FTC Events

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

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.

Please get to us no later than the end of the day on Monday, May 10th.  That is the last extension.

Student Impact Survey

Coaches, parents, mentors, etc. Please share the Student Impact Survey link with the students on your team.  We use this data with our sponsors, potential sponsors, and potential teams to show impact.  Individual data will never be shared only the summary results in graph form.

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.