May Team Blast

House Bill 1382 Passed!

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.

Now it’s time to get to work.  Every school-based team should apply for this money, we are working with 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. You should also contact neighboring schools to encourage them to apply for the money to start a FIRST team with your help!

Indiana Public School Superintendents  –

Indiana K-12 School Directory  (xlsx file) –

Coming Soon:  Broad Ripple Art Fair

We have an outreach opportunity for teams on  Saturday, May 20th and Sunday May 21st.   Consider bringing your team to the Broad Ripple Art Fair and staff our booth to share with attendees the impact of FIRST and how they can start teams.

The booth will be on grass.  Robots are welcome to show off, but not great for driving around.  We are looking for FLL, FTC, and FRC teams that want to help us grow FIRST.

Fill out this form ASAP and more information will be forthcoming.

MASTERPIECE Registration Opens May 18th

It’s time to start looking ahead to the new season!  The photo above is of a LEGO Mosaic that World Festival attendees worked on all week to unveil the new season theme.  The MASTERPIECE season teaser video is available on the FIRST® LEGO® League YouTube Channel here.  Register before school ends and check one thing off your back to school to do list!

Competition Format Change

We are always looking for new ways to improve the FIRST experience for our students.  In that spirit, we are modifying the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Competition format for the MASTERPIECE season, by adding an additional round of competition.

We will have qualifying tournaments the weekends of November 11/12 and 18/19 as usual.  New this year, we will have two large semi-state events at Purdue Fort Wayne and the University of Southern Indiana on December 9.  Teams from those events may advance to the State Championship, which will be held in January.  We are very excited about this change, and PFW and USI are excited to welcome more teams to their campuses!

Mark Your Calendar

Calling all coaches and mentors!  On August 15 at  7:00 pm, 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.

For our inaugural meeting, the agenda includes:

  • a summary of FIRST and FIN coaching resources
  • a sharing of best practices for recruiting team members
  • suggestions for a practice schedule that will set up your team for success

We plan to include a variety of expert guests in these calls including veteran coaches, FIRST Senior Mentor Lori Langley, judges, and referees.  If you have topics you would like to learn about or materials you want us to cover, please let us know!  Email Trisha at with suggestions or questions.

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The FIN team had a great time at the World Festival, celebrating the end of the SUPERPOWERED season and meeting teams from all over the world.  Congratulations again to team 16059 Sunny Delights, for advancing to Worlds and doing a great job representing Indiana in Houston!  Good luck to all of our teams who are participating in off season events in the coming weeks.

I hope everyone has a great summer, and you will be hearing from me again soon!