The MASTERPIECE Season is well underway, I hope your teams are enjoying learning about the connection between technology and the arts!  My daughter’s FIRST LEGO League Explore team visited the Lume at Newfields and experienced an amazing example of technology and art.

We released the full FLL season calendar in conjunction with FIRST Tech Challenge kickoff on September 9, including pricing, dates and locations.  Missed it?  Click here
Updated Information: Teams must be nationally registered with two coaches through YPP by October 1 in order to participate in qualifying tournaments.

Event registration will take place October 4-11.

I hope you will join me for our next Coaches Corner Zoom Call on Tuesday, September 19.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to me anytime.  I can be reached via email at or you can schedule a call with me using this link.

All the best,


Superior Steam Scrimmage

The Superior STEAM 4-H Club will be hosting it’s FIRST LEGO League Challenge Scrimmage again this year on October 28th at the Bedford Campus of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church.  This event is free and open to the public, robot matches will start around 10 am, and the event will conclude with an awards ceremony around 4 pm.
Register at:


FLL September Coaches Corner

Our next Coaches Corner will be Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT. During these virtual meetings, we 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.

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.

FIRST Indiana Robotics is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: FLL Challenge September Coaches Corner
Time: Sep 19, 2023 07:00 PM Indiana (East)
Join Zoom Meeting

If you missed the August meeting, click here to review the slides in the FIN Playbook.

IDOE Grant
Department of Education Grant Now Open!

This grant supports state-accredited schools in establishing or maintaining robotics competition programs.
Public school corporations with robotics teams from multiple schools must submit one application on behalf of all eligible teams seeking funding. So if your district has more than one team, you must work together to submit one application for all schools/teams.
The grant guidelines and online application can be found here.
Contact with grant specific questions.
Attend a Town Hall Meeting which will include program updates and Q&A opportunities with FIN Staff.
September 20 @ 7:00 pm
September 21 @ 7:00 pm
September 23 @ 10:00 am
Applications are due Friday, September 29

Arconic Foundation Grant
Teams from the following Indiana counties are eligible:
This grant will be awarded as follows:

FIRST® LEGO League Explore  – $500
FIRST® LEGO League Challenge  – $750
Click Here to Apply
Training Opportunities
Thanks to our friends at FIRST Nevada, we have some new training to offer our FLL coaches!  If you visit the FIRST Indiana Robotics Playbook, you will find a folder titled FIRST LEGO League Self Guided Training, where you can view and work along with a narrated slide presentation to learn more about robot building and programming.  These training sessions are geared toward coaches, but can be shared with team members as well.

If you would like to attend an in-person training, Avon High School’s Roboriole Robotics will be hosting a Season in a Day workshop on August 26th from 9am-3pm at Avon High School. You can register here:

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.

FIRST Mentor Network

Is your team in need of mentors?  Did you know that you can set up a FIRST Mentor Network profile in your dashboard and then your team will be visible to potential mentors in your area.

Visit the FIRST Mentor Network site –

After setting up your profile, start posting links to it on social media.  Create a one-pager and share with your local chamber of commerce.  Share it with your local sponsors to encourage mentorship.  Take a flyer with you to local outreach events and hand out to adults.  Create a poster with a QR code encouraging people to sign up to be mentors.  Use – canva to create your poster- printing is inexpensive.

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