July 2021 Cross-Program Team Update

Registration for the 2021-2022 season is now open!

Hey, FINFAM! We want to see your team at competitions this season. Get registered and get ready for the FIRST FORWARD season!

Make sure you check out all the information about the new season at the links below!

FIRST FORWARD Brand Information

FIRST FORWARD Theme Information

FRC Off-Season Event Twitch Stream

We’re so excited about our in-person competition! If you can’t join us, however, don’t worry. You can still hang out with the FINFAM by tuning into our Twitch channel!

FTC Kickoff

Kick-off is a celebration! It not only announces the new FREIGHT FRENZY season Game Challenge, but also provides an opportunity for teams to gather, renew acquaintances, make new friends, compare notes, exchange ideas, learn the game and get geared-up for the exciting new competition season!

Four kick-off events are being planned for Saturday, September 19 in Mishawaka, Greenwood, Crawfordsville and Shoals! All kick-off events will have a full set of the field elements and game pieces, and workshop sessions on various topics.

Stay tuned for more details coming your way soon!

FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grants

Do you know someone who is interested or excited about starting a brand new FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team? Tell them about our $500 rookie grants! FIRST Tech Challenge is offering grants to help brand new teams get started. Register now and apply for your rookie grant! Funds can help cover the cost of the season registration fee and your robotics kit. Learn more on our Team Grant Opportunities web page!

Now Hiring

Do you want to get more involved in the FIN community? You’re in luck! FIN has three job positions available. A FIRST LEGO League Program Director is needed to help expand the FIRST LEGO League Program in Indiana by recruiting and supporting new FLL Explore and Challenge Teams. A talented individual with strong communication and logistics skills are needed for the role of Operations and Logistics Manager. And a Development Coordinator with a passion for nonprofit development is needed to help maintain and grow FIN partner relations. If you are interested, click the link below to apply now!

The Program Support Committee Needs Help

The Program Support Committee is seeking volunteers with a background in data visualization and metrics to create a series of tools for the program.

The committee is also in search of teachers, principals, superintendents, retired educators, etc. who can help FIRST Indiana Robotics address the specific needs of the education community.

AmeriCorp VISTA Position

FIN is looking for a new VISTA to help expand the vision of FIRST by working in areas that have been deemed underserved: lower socio-economic communities, rural areas, and areas that have little to no support or resources to be able to easily access STEM initiatives. If this sounds like something you are passionate about, click here for more information!

FIRST Robotics Day at the Statehouse

Mark your calendars! Tuesday, February 1, 2022 will be FIRST Robotics Day at the Indiana Statehouse. We will be looking for teams at all levels of FIRST to attend, demo, meet with legislators, and more!

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in having your team attend! Sign-ups will close Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5PM Eastern.

Fundraising Tool Kit

Hey, teams! As you prepare for the new season, make sure you look at the fundraising tool kit from FIRST headquarters. There are great resources to help kickstart your fundraising season. 

FIN Grants Now Open

The FIRST Indiana Robotics grant application process for 2021-2022 is now open. We encourage all teams at all levels to fill out our application so we can then determine if you are eligible for any of our regional team support grants.

If you are a Toyota-sponsored or Rolls-Royce-sponsored team, this grant application is required for that support.

Check out the list below to see these amazing opportunities, including the NEW Plex Smart Manufacturing Grant.

General Grant Resources

Other

Virtual Town Hall

Join us for our virtual town hall meetings for season updates, competition updates for 2022, the state of FIRST Indiana Robotics, and more. FLL will meet 8/19 at 7PM Eastern, FTC will meet 8/26 at 7PM Eastern, and FRC will meet 8/31 at 6PM Eastern.

See the Zoom Links below to join!