FTC Coaches Corners
New this season! Calling all coaches and mentors! You’re invited to join us for the first of our monthly Coaches Corners. During these virtual meetings, we’ll share best practices for coaching a FIRST team, provide essential coaching resources, and discuss necessary administrative tasks. Every Coaches Corner will end with a Q&A session, so come prepared to ask your burning questions.
When: Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm.
Reminder: FIRST Grant Policy
As you are registering your team, here is an important reminder regarding the FIRST HQ Grant Policy:
“FIRST receives grants from various Donors which are designated to FIRST Teams. These are restricted donations with designations imposed on FIRST by the Donor(s). Restricted grants help FIRST teams cover the cost of FIRST registration and associated materials available through the FIRST Dashboard and FIRST Tech Challenge Storefront. At the end of the season, any unused restricted grants funding remaining in FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge team accounts is returned to the Donor’s account for use at the Donor’s discretion.”
What this means: If you are anticipating receiving grant funds, you can still register your team, but do not pay until those funds are available in your dashboard. Unused funds are returned to the donors at the end of the season.
Consent & Release Form
Good news! FIRST HQ has modified their Consent & Release Form so that a separate Indiana Form is no longer necessary! This means that all of the forms your team members’ parents need to fill out are in the FIRST dashboard, and you will only need to print that roster to bring to competition.
House Bill 1382
House Enrolled Act 1382
We did it! Thanks to your continued effort and dedication, there will now be an anticipated $3.5 million available from the state for competitive robotics for schools. Special thanks go to FTC Team 12014 Fire Wires for all of their work toward making this bill come to fruition.
Now it’s time to get to work. Every school-based team should apply for this money, we are still waiting on information form the Department of Education and will update you when we have instructions on how to apply. In our playbook we have a “course” that outlines what we know so far. There is a toolkit of resources for you to use to be ready for the application. You can also use this toolkit to share with other schools to help them prepare.
This is a great opportunity to build out your pipeline and grow our community. Contact schools in your area and encourage them to apply for the grant to start an FLL or FTC team.
Indiana Public School Superintendents – https://www.iapss-in.org/superintendent-directory
Indiana K-12 School Directory (xlsx file) – https://www.in.gov/doe/files/2022-2023-school-directory-2023-01-17.xlsx