Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed a restful break, and are ready to get back at it in 2024!

We held our first CENTERSTAGE Qualifying Tournament on December 16.  Thanks so much to FRC 1741 Red Alert for hosting, and to all of our amazing teams and volunteers!

If your team or organization would like to host a Qualifying Tournament next season, please fill out this form:  


Our next Coaches Corner call is Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM ET.  Detailed call information is below.

We did receive confirmation in December that Indiana will be able to send two teams to the FIRST Championship in Houston in April.  I can’t wait to see which teams earn those spots!

As a reminder, if you missed a team blast, all of our emails are posted on our blog at: firstindianarobotics.org/blog/

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to me anytime.  I can be reached via email at tthompson@firstindianarobotics.org or you can schedule a call with me using this link.

All the best,


Congratulations to our first State-Qualifying Teams!

You can find all of the results from our first Qualifying Tournament on our website:

QT Safety Reminders

  • Safety glasses MUST be worn at all times in the pits and the field area.  Please remember to pack your team’s safety glasses and bring them to the QT.  FIN has a limited loaner supply for visitors.
  • Driving robots outside of the practice or competition fields is not allowed.  No test-driving in the pits.
  • Paper airplanes are a fun game element this season, however, students should not be throwing them in the pits.

December Coaches Corner

Our next Coaches Corner will be Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT.  We will share tips on event readiness, packing lists and answer any questions you may have.

FIRST Indiana Robotics is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: FTC January Coaches Corner
Time: Jan 9, 2024 07:00 PM Indiana (East)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 812 6927 3135
Passcode: 994245

Dean’s List

It’s time to get those Dean’s List Nominations turned in!  The nomination window will close Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET.  We encourage all teams with eligible members (10th/11th graders) to nominate two students.  Dean’s List Pins will be passed out at events for our nominees to wear.

You can find more information, including a nomination guide here:

Qualifying Tournament Checklist

Before Going

Prepare for Inspection

  • Review the Inspection Forms from Game Manual Part 1, Appendix A
  • Make sure your robot fits in an 18″ x 18″ x 18″ sizing box (How to make your own)

Prepare for Judging

Upon Arrival

  • Go to Team Check-In
  • Turn in your printed roster
  • Receive your team packet

Qualifying Tournament Payment Information

You can pay your QT Registration fees by credit card or generate an invoice at https://pay.firstindianarobotics.org/

  1. Select “FTC Qualifying Tournament Registration”
  2. Type in your team number
  3. Click “Add to Cart” (If you have multiple teams, you can change the team number and add multiple registrations to your cart.)
  4. From here you can checkout via credit card, or select “Print an Invoice” (You can also download a copy of our W-9 from this screen) You can print a paper copy of your invoice, or print to pdf to email a copy.

Checks should be made out to FIRST Indiana Robotics, and can be mailed to:

1701 E Edgewood Avenue
PO Box 17493
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Please include a copy of your invoice with the check, and write your team number on the check to ensure correct recordkeeping.

For more information about the events, and to see which teams are attending which events, visit our website at:


Show Your Support

FIRST Indiana Robotics relies on our generous sponsors & individual donations to support our students, programs, and events. Your support powers the future of your workforce… and our world. Show your commitment to your community and give more students access to FIRST programs in Indiana.  FIRST Indiana Robotics is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.

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