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Engineering Inspiration Award

Entrepreneurship Award Sponsored by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers

Gracious Professionalism Award Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Judges Award

Rookie All-Star Award

Rookie Inspiration Award Sponsored by National Instruments

Safety Award Sponsored by UL

Team Spirit Award Sponsored by FCA Foundation

 

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Engineering Inspiration Award

Updated

  • July 2, 2018

Events Where It Is Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championships**
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.

Guidelines

  • Extent and inventiveness of the team’s efforts to recruit students to engineering with particular emphasis on the most recent year’s efforts. Measurable success of those efforts.
  • Extent and effectiveness of the team’s community outreach efforts with particular emphasis on the most recent year’s efforts. Measurable success of those efforts.
  • A commitment to science and technology education among the team, school, and community.
  • Achievement of the FIRST mission and ability to communicate that at the competition and away from it.
  • Efforts are ongoing, not strictly concentrated on the build and competition season.

Eligibility

Teams* are eligible for the Engineering Inspiration Award at each Regional or District event. Teams will be restricted to earning this award once at each level of competition. In other words, once a team has earned Engineering Inspiration Award at a Regional or District event, they may not earn it again that season at a later Regional or District Event. At District Championship, only District teams that have won Engineering Inspiration Award at a District event during the current season are eligible.

*District Teams who participate at Regionals or inter-district events are not eligible for the Engineering Inspiration Award at those events.

**An interview room may be used for this award at the District Championships.Teams should not prepare a presentation for this interview. The purpose of this interview is to replace the traditional pit interview. Please consult your district leadership with any questions.

 

Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers

Updates

  • October 29, 2018

Events Where It's Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Divisions (for those Districts with multiple Divisions at their District Championships)
  • District Championships (for those Districts with single Divisions at their District Championships)
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

This award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes a team which has developed a comprehensive business plan in order to define, manage, and achieve the team’s ongoing objectives. This team displays entrepreneurial enthusiasm as well as demonstrates the vital planning and business skills to ensure a self-sustaining program.

To be eligible, the team must bring a Summary Business Plan (Details below) to each event and be able to explain to the judges how the plan helps to ensure the team’s continued participation in FIRST. This summary business plan must be turned into the judges during the pit interviews.

Guidelines

  • The team has a clear concept or approach to building their team and operates as a cohesive system.
  • They proactively identified and managed risks, acquiring the assets to effectively deal with adversity as well as unexpected events.
  • They understood the goals of the competition and the mission of FIRST.
  • This summary business plan must be turned into the judges during the pit interviews.
  • A team spokesperson must be able to explain:
    • How their business plan is organized
    • How the team makes decisions and divides their workload
    • How the team keeps students, mentors, and sponsors actively engaged>
    • How they recruit and train future team members
    • How they celebrate success and document lessons learned to prevent repeating mistakes

Summary Business Plan: (3 pages max + 3 pages of appendices)

  • Mission Statement: Please briefly indicate what you believe to be the “driving engine” of your team. Your mission should be clear and concise. It should represent to any reader exactly what your team strives to accomplish.
  • Team History & Growth: Please briefly highlight where your team is from and how your team has grown and/or manage turnover with emphasis on the past 2 years.
  • Organizational Structure: Please detail how your team operates and how you continue to grow your program with emphasis on the next 2 years.
  • Risk Analysis: Please describe how your team deals with risks and opportunities. Also describe your team’s strengths.
  • Marketing: How do you get your team/brand out there?
  • Financials: Please include information on team finances (include details on income statement and balance sheet as an appendix). How is your team funded and how do you budget? Please also briefly highlight your relationship with your sponsors and how you recognize them.
  • Appendix:
    • You are allowed 3 pages maximum to include things like:
      • Financial Statement - income statement and balance sheet
      • Organizational Chart
      • Any other supporting documentation

​Note: The page limit is meant to mean 3 pages either single sided or 1 ½ if you want to print double sided. This page limit is the same for the summary business plan and the appendices but all should be given in one cohesive document. The addition of a cover sheet will not count against your page limit as long as it is used to only identify your team and the purpose of the document (i.e. Business Plan). 

Eligibility

Teams are eligible to win the Entrepreneurship Award at any event in which they participate.

 

Gracious Professionalism® Award Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Updated

  • July 2, 2018

Events Where It Is Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Divisions (for those Districts with multiple Divisions at their District Championships)
  • District Championships (for those Districts with single Divisions at their District Championships)
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

Celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field.

Definition of Gracious Professionalism

  • Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
  • with Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions.

Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

Guidelines

  • The team exemplifies the FIRST Core Values in relationships with other teams and by their demonstrated Gracious Professionalism
  • The team consistently demonstrates Gracious Professionalism and a positive attitude both on and off the field.
  • If the team worked with another FIRST Robotics Competition team pre-season – they can describe the following:
    • How the collaboration was conducted during the off-season and during the build season
    • How the teams divided up tasks fairly and equitably
    • How the process of communication flowed from one team to the other
    • How working together as a group was beneficial over working independently
    • The financial impacts of working together vs working independently

 

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Updated

  • July 2, 2018

Events Where It Is Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Divisions (for those Districts with multiple Divisions at their District Championships)
  • District Championships (for those Districts with single Divisions at their District Championships)
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

In honor of Jack Kamen, Dean’s father, for his dedication to art and illustration and his devotion to FIRST. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.

Guidelines

  • Appearance of machine and team are integrated in an attractive theme.
  • Visuals of the integrated team/machine are exceptional.
  • The team theme is supportive of the FIRST Core Values.
  • The team’s theme is original, can be explained by a team spokesperson, and is fitting to the objectives, character, and/or history of the team.

 

Judges Award

Updated

  • April 10, 2018

Events Where It Is Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Divisions (for those Districts with multiple Divisions at their District Championships)
  • District Championships (for those Districts with single Divisions at their District Championships)
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

During the course of the competition, the judging panel may decide a team’s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition.

Guidelines

  • The team keeps appearing for consideration for other awards.
  • Other Judges have noticed and commented on the positive aspects of the team.
  • A unique happening or feature (often one that demonstrates the team has fully embraced the principles of FIRST) has caught a Judge’s attention.

 

Rookie All-Star Award

Updated

  • July 2, 2018

Events Where It Is Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championships**
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

Celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.

As there are often far fewer rookie teams than veteran teams present at events, Judges have the option of not presenting this award if they feel no rookie team competing meets the criteria.

Guidelines

  • This team seems like a “Chairman’s Award team in the making.” (Community activities, leadership, vision, spirit, etc.)
  • The team is a true partnership between school or organization and sponsors.
  • The team understands what FIRST is really trying to accomplish – realizes that technical stuff is fun, challenging, and offers a future.
  • This team has built a robot appropriate to the game’s challenges.

Eligibility

Rookie Teams* are eligible for the Rookie All-Star Award at each Regional or District event. Teams will be restricted to earning this award once at each level of competition. In other words, once a team has earned Rookie All-Star Award at a Regional or District event, they may not earn it again that season at a later Regional or District Event. At District Championship, only District teams that have won Rookie All-Star Award at a District event during the current season are eligible.

*District Teams who participate at Regionals or inter-district events are not eligible for the Rookie All-Star Award at those events.

**An interview room may be used for this award at the District Championships.Teams should not prepare a presentation for this interview. The purpose of this interview is to replace the traditional pit interview. Please consult your district leadership with any questions.

 

Rookie Inspiration Award Sponsored by National Instruments

Updated

  • April 10, 2018

Events Where It Is Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Divisions (for those Districts with multiple Divisions at their District Championships)
  • District Championships (for those Districts with single Divisions at their District Championships)
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

Celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as in their community.

As there are often far fewer rookie teams than veteran teams present at events, Judges have the option of not presenting this award if they feel no rookie team competing meets the criteria.

Guidelines

  • Effectiveness and inventiveness of the team’s efforts to recruit students to engineering.
  • Extent and effectiveness of the team’s community outreach efforts.
  • A commitment to science and technology education among the team.
  • Ability to communicate understanding of the FIRST mission at the competition and away from it.

 

Safety Award Sponsored by UL

Updated

  • April 10, 2018

Events Where It Is Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Divisions (for those Districts with multiple Divisions at their District Championships)
  • District Championships (for those Districts with single Divisions at their District Championships)
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.

Guidelines

The Safety Advisors will focus on the combination of individual and team safety behaviors and safe physical conditions along with their safety outreach to other teams. This will include:

  • Safe behaviors – work practices, use of tools
  • PPE - wearing required personal protective equipment (e.g. Safety glasses, closed toe footwear, gloves)
  • Safe Physical Conditions – workspace in pit area, condition of hand tools and power tools, power cords, safe handling of batteries and charging equipment
  • Safety initiatives at the event
  • Safety presentation
  • Community involvement

Special attention and recognition will be focused on:

  • Maintaining safe work practices when under time pressure
  • Wearing safety glasses in the pit stations and on the playing fields at all times
  • Control of the robot at all times
  • Safe use of hand and power tools
  • No prohibited tools in the pits, as indicated in the FIRST Safety Manual
  • Assisting other teams with safety issues, as needed
  • Control of the pit area regarding authorized access and visitor safety
  • Condition of the pit work surface, i.e. tripping hazards

 

 

Team Spirit Award Sponsored by FCA Foundation

Updated

  • April 10, 2018

Events Where It Is Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Divisions (for those Districts with multiple Divisions at their District Championships)
  • District Championships (for those Districts with single Divisions at their District Championships)
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST.

Guidelines

  • Spirit is consistent both throughout the team and also throughout the contest in attitude, appearance, originality, and depth.
  • The team displays obvious enthusiasm – in supporting teams, appearance, interactions with teams/Judges, etc. – at the competition.
  • Spirit is part of the team and is apparent in all they do, including at their school, in their community, with sponsors and other teams, etc.
  • They demonstrate spirit as a unified team.