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FIRST Indiana Robotics Announces Student Board Leadership; Including Bedford Students


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FROM FIRST INDIANA ROBOTICS PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 2023:


FIRST Indiana Robotics proudly announces the Student Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 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. Students applied in the spring of this year and then were interviewed in May for a position on the board.


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, including 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 feels align with FIRST's strategic plan. Ashley Robbins, President of FIRST Indiana Robotics, said, “I’m thrilled to welcome the new Student Board of Directors to the FIN team. With an exceptional group of young, emerging leaders, I have no doubt they will accomplish great things for FIRST Indiana Robotics. I’m proud of all those students who stepped up and applied to join this year!”


The student board attends robotics events across the state as program ambassadors 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.


Superior STEAM is also excited to announce that two of our members applied and were

accepted to the FIRST Indiana Robotics Student Board of Directors. This marks the second

consecutive year that Superior STEAM students have been selected for this prestigious position.


Congratulations to all 30 students around the state, but special congratulations to MJ

Chase and Owen Schmitt from Superior STEAM and CTF #19366.



Superior STEAM

ABOUT Superior STEAM:

Superior STEAM is a year long youth development program through the Lawrence County Purdue 4-H Extension Office. Their goal is to inspire and teach the next generation of scientists, artists, engineers, innovators, and leaders. The club offers a wide variety of activities to expose students of all ages to science, technology, engineering, arts, and

mathematics (STEAM) principles.


Learn more about Superior STEAM at superiorsteam.org/about.


ABOUT CTF #19366:

CTF #19366 is a FIRST Tech Challenge team in Bedford, IN that is a part of the 4-H Club

Superior STEAM and competes at the worldwide level. CTF, which stands for Certified Tech

Freaks, is going into their 3rd year as a team having won the Indiana Inspire Award last year and being one of two teams from the state to compete at the World Championship in Houston in April. Learn more about CTF at ctf19366.org.



FIRST Indiana Robotics and FIRST

About FIRST Indiana Robotics and FIRST

FIRST Indiana Robotics is a robotics community that prepares young people for the

future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that

can be facilitated in school or in structured after-school programs in Indiana. Boosted by the

FIRST® global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include over 200 of

the Fortune 500 companies, our teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to

conduct research, fundraise, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual

challenges.


FIRST, an acronym meaning “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,”

is an international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. The organization has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. It is one of the world’s leading organizations providing experiential

workforce development skills for STEM industries. Participants and alumni of FIRST programs

gain access to education and career discovery opportunities, connections to exclusive

scholarships and employers, and a place in the FIRST community for life.


Please direct any questions about the Student Board of Directors or FIRST Indiana

Robotics to Chris Osborne via cosborne@indianafirst.org or 317-748-6427.


Please direct any questions about Superior STEAM or CTF #19366 to Bode Swango via



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