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Indianapolis, IN, July 18, 2022: FIRST Indiana Robotics is proud to announce the Student Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 school year. The FIRST Indiana Robotics Student Board of Directors is selected from applicants going into 10th, 11th, or 12th grade from either the FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST Robotics Competition programs.

The students on the board serve for the school year and represent the students in FIRST to the FIRST Indiana Robotics Board of Directors. They also work on several projects during the year that includes advocacy with the state legislature for increased access for Hoosier children to STEM mentoring programs, mental health awareness for teens, and other projects that the student board feel aligns with the strategic plan of FIRST.

The student board attends robotics events across the state as ambassadors of the program and meets with potential sponsors and schools interested in starting FIRST programs. They meet with current FIRST students and mentors to learn about the issues facing teams statewide to serve the community better. Learn more about the Student Board of Directors on our website. https://www.firstindianarobotics.org/student-board/

Name Team Community
Luke Fehrenbacher – President FRC 7657 Thunderbots Evansville
Trevor Langley – VP of FRC FRC 5188 Area 5188 Classified Robotics Terre Haute
MJ Chase – VP of FTC FTC 19366 CTF Bedford
Jillian Adams – Secretary FRC 135 Penn Robotics Mishawaka
Luke Gaston – Sergeant-At-Arms FRC 1024 Kil-A-Bytes Indianapolis
Robert Brown FTC 18638 Giant Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Man Crawfordsville
Roman Contreras FTC 535 TOBOR Crawfordsville
Andrew Dohm FTC 14956 XLR8 Granger
Lukas Fiur FRC 7617 RoboBlazers Carmel
Chelsea Gonzalez FRC 1018 Pike RoboDevils Indianapolis
Erin Grudis FRC 5010 Tiger Dynasty Fishers
Cate Harrison FRC 3176 Purple Precision Brownsburg
Audrey Henning FRC 2197 Las Pumas New Carlisle
Elli Jeffries FTC 535 TOBOR Crawfordsville
Richard Light FRC 1024 Kil-A-Bytes Indianapolis
Nathan Louck FRC 3176 Purple Precision Brownsburg
Brinna Porat FRC 1741 Red Alert Robotics Greenwood
Ishani Shah FTC 8791 Green Machine Greenwood
Gillian Styers-Barnett FRC 1741 Red Alert Robotics Greenwood
Kyle Tong FRC 461 Westside Boiler Invasion West Lafayette
Ashley Yang FRC 461 Westside Boiler Invasion West Lafayette
Janna Wison FRC 3940 Cybertooth Kokomo
David Yang FRC 461 Westside Boiler Invasion West Lafayette

FIRST® is tackling the trend of declining enrollment in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs by using a competition sports style model that makes STEM learning fun and inspiring for students. Some have questioned if something “fun” can be an effective tool to change people’s lives but initial data from a three-year study by FIRST® on students in their first year of college indicates that FIRST’s® positive impacts continue into post-secondary education, with FIRST® alumni continuing to show impacts on STEM-related attitudes, as well as impacts on interest in engineering and technology-related majors, engineering course-taking, and STEM-related internships and summer jobs. Results to date indicate that FIRST® is already making a lasting difference in career interests and educational choices for the young people participating in the program. So students can learn and have fun at the same time! See the full study results at https://www.firstinspires.org/about/impact.

FIRST® robotics competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, robotics teams of 15 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. These competitions create “real-world engineering” experiences for all participating students.

In addition to teacher mentors, professional volunteer mentors lend their time and expertise to help guide the work and development of each FIRST robotics team. For more information about events or FIRST Robotics, please get in touch with Renee Becker-Blau, FIRST Indiana Robotics Executive Director, at 414 704-1415. Additional information is also available at the website: http://www.indianafirst.org/ or http://www.firstinspires.org/.

More Links

Locate teams in your area: http://www.firstinspires.org/team-event-search

Link to study showing how FIRST® makes a lasting difference in career interests and educational choices for the young people participating in the program. Impact Study: https://www.firstinspires.org/about/impact

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue science, technology, and engineering opportunities. With support from over 200 Fortune 500 companies and more than $90 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST LEGO League Jr. for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to http://www.firstinspires.org/.

About IndianaFIRST – FIRST Indiana Robotics
FIRST Indiana Robotics is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs in Indiana. FIRST is a multinational non-profit organization that aspires to transform our culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, FIRST Indiana Robotics brings FIRST programming to students in grades K-12, teaching them hands-on skills in engineering, science, and technology that they can relate to their class work. Kids compete against other kids in district, state, and world championship competitions in what is frequently called “The Super Bowl of Smarts.”

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