Mentor of the Year
The Mentor of the Year Award is presented to an Indiana mentor serving in a coach capacity for an elementary, middle, or high school robotics team who shows true leadership and dedication to his or her robotics students. The winner of this award continually exceeds expectations to create a safe, enjoyable and educational experience for all students. The recipient of this award can be nominated by the students, principal, parents, or colleagues associated with him or her.
Event Partner of the Year
The Event Partner of the Year Award is presented to an Indiana event partner who has hosted a VEX IQ or VRC event during the 2018-19 robotics season. This event partner must show true leadership, dedication, patience, fairness and have a passion for helping and supporting all teams. The winner of this award continuously exceeds expectations to create a safe, enjoyable and educational experience for all teams during their event. The recipient of this award can be nominated by a coach, student, principal, parent, or colleague.
Jack Klein Memorial Award
Jack Klein was an Indianapolis Public Schools student and robotics enthusiast who was diagnosed with Lymphoma as a third grader. He cheerfully endured cancer treatment before his death from the disease in 2016. He's remembered for his sense of humor, commitment to fun, knack for making friends, and love of robotics. His friends and family, known as Jack's Pack, honor his legacy by paying it forward with random acts of kindness they capture and share on social media using the hashtag #JacksPack. We invite you to join the #JacksPack movement of kindness. Be sure to use the hashtags: #JacksPack #INVEXStateChamp #Robots4All
Ballard Teamwork Challenge Award
Former Mayor Gregory A. Ballard was elected the 48th Mayor of Indianapolis on November 6, 2007, and was re-elected to a second term on November 8, 2011. As the visionary behind the City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship (IndyVRC), which he later helped transition into the State Robotics Initiative, Mayor Ballard's commitment, and steadfast pursuit of providing access to hands-on, mentor-led, robotics education and programming for all students is recognized annually through the Ballard Teamwork Challenge award.