Team Update 4-22-2021

FIN Community Showcase Pitch Competition Sponsored by InnovateWithIN

Submissions are due by May 4th at 5 PM Eastern Time

We are excited to announce an opportunity for all teams to take part in a pitch competition.  Take your innovation challenge ideas and pitch them to our judges for a chance at some cash prizes.

Teams will submit a one-page business plan executive summary and a 2-3 minute video explaining their idea.  The video does not have to be a high-quality production.  It is simply a short video explaining your innovation so the judges can be better prepared to know what they are about to see.
FIN Pitch Competition

Then, on May 11th, teams will be assigned a judging session on our SignalWire platform.  A team of up to 3 students will do a 5 minute “Shark Tank” style pitch, and a 5 minute Q&A will follow.

Judges will convene, and then we will announce the top 3 teams during our awards show on May 13th.

  • 1st Prize $1500
  • 2nd Prize $1000
  • 3rd Prize $500

Complete this form to enter your team.  You do NOT have to have competed in the Innovation Challenge with FIRST to take part in this.  All teams are eligible! 

Virtual College Fair

We know many students are tired of zoom, but this is a fantastic opportunity for your students to meet with our scholarship providers here in Indiana, FIRST Alumni Student groups, and more to learn about the scholarships, programs, and activities that they can experience at one of our amazing Indiana Higher Ed. institutions.  Join IU, Trine, IUPUI, Rose-Hulman, Valparaiso University, UIndy, and a variety of student groups.

Any high school student in FTC or FRC is welcome to attend.

The event will be Monday, May 10th, 5PM – 7PM Eastern Time – Please invite any of your high school students to join us.

We will be using a virtual platform called Gather Town.  Our event will be located here

Student Board Applications – Open Until May 1st

FIN is accepting applications from any FRC or FTC 10th, 11th, or 12th-grade student for the 2021-2022 school year.

Apply Here

Student Board Expectations and Responsibilities

Awards Show

Tune in to our Twitch Channel May 13th, 7 PM Eastern Time for our State Awards Show

  • State Champion Chairman’s Award
  • FRC Dean’s List Finalists
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist
  • Award winners from the at-home challenges
  • Pitch Competition Winners
  • Senior Celebration

Senior Recognition – Still Looking for Lot’s of Seniors – Final due date Friday, April 23rd.

We will be celebrating our seniors again this Spring with a video honoring them.  What do we need from you?  Your seniors…

Please send a spreadsheet with the following information (if you have it)
First Name, Last Initial
Team Number
Plans for Next Year – College name and major if known, military, straight to the workforce.
Picture of the senior.

Please have these submitted to Chris Osborne – by April 9th, 2021.

Watch the live streams of our FTC tournaments!

Check out our FTC league championships and state championship on our twitch channel –

  • North Central League Tournament Saturday, April 24th
  • Metro League Tournament Saturday, May 1st
  • Indiana State Championship Saturday, May 15th

Mentor Call in Hours

Every Tuesday and Wednesday 7PM-7:30PM Eastern Time mentors can call in with questions, concerns, seeking advice, etc.  Register for the call here and you can attend any of the sessions –


FRC Teams 461, 4926, and 7454 for advancing to the semi-finals of the Innovation Challenge! Good luck!

FRC Team 3940 for winning the Arsenic division in the Infinite Recharge at Home Skills Challenge!