Press Release Templates
We have put together some templates for teams to use for getting the word out to their local media outlets!
FIRST Informational Handouts
Is your team interested in helping recruit schools and community groups to form FIRST teams? Do you need some informational handouts to help? Click on the following links to get a couple of .pdf files that can help.
- FLL and FLL Jr.
- FTC and FRC Handout
- Looking for more? Check out the FIRST Resource Library.
- FIRST Longitudinal Study Information and Impact Data
Has your team invited an elected official to your shop, school, meeting place? Have you invited them to come to see you in a competition to learn more about FIRST and the amazing opportunities FIRST provides your students?
First – Find your legislator
Send an email or written invite to them. Make sure to provide all your dates for competitions. Legislators are busy and the more dates you give, the more likely they will visit.
Make sure to thank them for their time. Take plenty of pictures, post to social media, and share with us!
Don’t hesitate to reach out to IndianaFIRST: Chris Osborne email@example.com if you have questions about what to discuss with legislators, what to ask for, or what to support. Remember, this isn’t about politics. This is about getting more access to hands-on, mentor-based STEM programs for ALL Hoosier children. This isn’t about money for FIRST or IndianaFIRST.
General Grant Resources
- FIRST Team Grants – FAQ
- FIRST Fundraising Toolkit – Section 7 Grant Resources
- STEMfinity Grants Listing
- The Grantmanship Center
- Title IV Part A – Indiana Department of Education
Many colleges and universities, professional associations, and corporations offer college scholarships to high school students on FIRST teams, including four Indiana based schools:
- Hanover College
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Kenzie Academy Inc.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
University of Evansville
Williams Comfort Air and Mr. Plumber are excited to once again present a scholarship opportunity to Central Indiana seniors. Fifteen (15) one-time scholarships totaling $15,000 will be awarded to high school seniors who are seen as ExtraordinAIRy Treasures to our future. These students will have demonstrated ExtraordinAIRy life skills such as community service, overcoming obstacles, leadership activities and family commitment to name a few. Students from Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties who will enroll in a university, community college or vocational/trade school upon graduation can be nominated. There are no requirements for GPA or career choice.
Click here to apply for the ExtraordinAIRy Treasures scholarship.
Are you interested in attending and IndianaFIRST FRC event to promote your school and programs to our amazing students? Please complete this google form for the 2019 season
Branding Guidelines Webinar with Renaissance Electronic Services
Team Support Call 1-15-19 Following the Rules!
How to Register Students for FRC
Team Support Call 2-12-19 How to Travel with Frugality!
So…the season is over? Or is it?
The 4 Meetings All Teams Should Have
This year youth registration is a bit easier. Here is a link to the FIRST website with directions. The good news is that parents will be able to accept the FIRST Consent and Release AND the IndianaFIRST Consent and Release at the same time. No more logging back in after being accepted on the team.
We need ALL teams to do the online youth registration this year for privacy protection reasons.
If you need help with this process, don’t hesitate to reach out to Chris Osborne – firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. We know there are parents and students without internet or emails.
We had great participation last year. I know a few of you mentioned having trouble with parents or students not having an email address. Here is a solution that other teams have done.
Create a team gmail: email@example.com
Then for a parent or student without email put firstname.lastname@example.org Gmail will ignore anything after the “+” sign, but the first system will see it as a unique email address.
You can use this for students as well. They typically have emails within the school district (if you are a school based team.)
FIRST and IndianaFIRST are dedicated to protecting the privacy of our students and mentors. That is why online registration and not paper registration needs to be completed this year.
The Compass Alliance
Find the support your team needs at this website created by teams for teams. There is a pathways program for teams to follow. Great documents, links, and resources. Check it out!