AnchorFirst Round Event Preference

A reminder that first-round event preferencing will open this Thursday, September 22nd, at Noon.  The system will remain open for a week.

Coach 1 or Coach 2 may do this through your dashboard.

Please see this pdf file for step-by-step directions.

Here are the events:

Week 1 March 4-5 (Sat/Sun) Penn High School – Mishawaka, IN
Week 2 March 11-12 (Sat/Sun) Princeton High School – Princeton, IN (**securing final signatures)
Week 4 – March 25-26 (Sat/Sun) Jefferson High School – Lafayette, IN
Week 5 – March 31-April 1 (Fri/Sat) Center Grove High School – Greenwood, IN

AnchorAndyMark / FIN Video Challenge

Does your team have something to share with the rest of FIN?  Do you have an area of expertise that would help other teams?

We are partnering with AndyMark for a training video challenge.  Teams will create 5-minute videos on any topic that can help support new and existing teams.

Watch a short video explaining the competition –

November 11th – Video Submissions Due
December 2nd – Videos Uploaded to FIN YouTube Channel
December 10th – Winners announced at FLL State Championship

All prizes are AndyMark credit.

1st Place – $1,000 (1)
2nd Place – $600 (2)
3rd Place – $400 (3)

Please READ the guidelines:

5 Minute Video Contest Guidelines

Email for submissions-

AnchorFIRST Day at the State House

Sign up to attend FIRST Robotics Day at the Indiana State House.  We will be at the statehouse on Wednesday, February FIRST, 2023.

Fill out the form here –

This is an amazing outreach opportunity to help FIN secure grant funding for the growth of FIRST in Indiana.  We need teams from all levels of FIRST.  There will be training ahead of time and teams will organize meetings with their legislators for that day.

Questions- Chris Osborne –

AnchorBoiler Bot Battle

When: October 14/15
Where: Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds
Questions, Please Contact Sam Szanti –

AnchorPurdue Forums

When: October 1st
Where: Purdue University (more details to come)
Register to attend:
Register to Present:
Questions?  Please email Brad Thompson –

AnchorIndy RAGE

When: October 22nd
Where: Perry Meridian High School

AnchorStarbase Indy

( ) They would like to have some teams showcase their robots at this year’s convention — FRC, FTC, and even FLL.

Starbase Indy is a fan-run Star Trek convention held each year on Thanksgiving weekend. We are fans not only because we enjoy Star Trek, but also because it inspires us. From this inspiration comes the mission of our convention:
The mission of The Starbase is to provide inspirational content and activities relating to Star Trek, STEM, and humanitarianism to aid in creating a future that is inclusive and diverse. We host a yearly gathering place to connect creators and explorers t the community with fun and enriching experiences for all.

Starbase Indy brings in actors, creators, scientists, and space flight experts to interact with the community.

This year’s event runs Nov 25-27 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  For more information, check out our website at  You can use FIRST_SBI2022 to get $5 off a ticket for the entire weekend.  In addition, Sunday is open to the community at no charge.

Please email Starbase Indy with any questions.  Community Outreach: Mark Gaddo

AnchorScholarship Portal Opens

The FIRST Scholarship portal opens on September 1st at Noon.  Please share with your students.

Are your students on Tallo?  This FREE-to-use platform allows students to create a resume that includes opportunities to earn badges (FIRST participation), search for scholarships, and connect with internship opportunities and universities.

Have your students start their profile today at – this platform is open to any Indiana student for free, thanks to a grant from Ivy Tech.

Students can sign up as young as 13.  This is NOT a social media platform.  There is no cross-communication between students.  However, they can connect with universities, trade schools, employers, etc.

AnchorWe have a blog!

Blog Link

We have started to recreate these emails as blog posts.  If your team uses Slack, Discord, etc., you can create a channel that automatically will see updates to our blog by subscribing via RSS feed.

You will now be able to share our updates with your students easily, parents, administrators, and other mentors without them having to subscribe to our emails.

Here’s how:
Discord – Use an app like MonitoRSS

Our RSS Feed Link

Subscribe to the FRC Calendar on our FIN Google Calendar

Do you need all the dates related to FRC events, award submissions, deadlines, etc. in one place?  Now you can have it!

SUBSCRIBE to the Calendar