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Awards Based on Machine, Creativity, and Innovation Oct. 24 2018| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
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Autonomous Award Sponsored by Ford

Creativity Award Sponsored By Xerox

Excellence in Engineering Award Sponsored By Delphi

Industrial Design Award Sponsored by General Motors

Innovation in Control Award Sponsored By Rockwell Automation

Quality Award Sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation

 

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Autonomous Award Sponsored by Ford

Updated

  • October 19, 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 has demonstrated consistent, reliable, high-performance robot operation during autonomously managed actions. Evaluation is based on the robot’s ability to sense its surroundings, position itself or onboard mechanisms appropriately, and execute tasks.

Note: This award may not be given out if the judges feel there is not a deserving team. However, it will be a rare occurrence. 

Guidelines

  • The award is based on the performance of the robot’s autonomous (non-operator guided) operations during matches
  • Consistent and reliable operation is weighted more heavily than the ability to score maximum points during any specific autonomously managed actions
  • A team spokesperson must be able to explain:
    • How the robot understands its surroundings, navigates on the field or positions onboard mechanisms and then executes tasks.
    • The factors the teams considered that could interfere with success during autonomously managed actions.
    • The design, development, and testing that was done for the robot’s autonomously managed actions.

 

Creativity Award Sponsored by Xerox

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 creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play.

Guidelines

  • A team spokesperson must be able to competently describe the creative/unique feature(s) and can trace its conception, design, manufacturing/assembly, or deployment.
  • It is highly original in concept or execution.
  • Since creativity may involve risk of failure, a team’s appropriate response to challenges, including machine failures, can be considered.
  • Its uniqueness has a practical application and contributes to the objectives of the competition.
  • Developing it contributed to the team’s success in FIRST – not just in performance on the field of competition.
  • The team created this device/strategy rather than discovered it once the machine was built.

 

Excellence in Engineering Award Sponsored by Delphi

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 an elegant and advantageous machine feature.

Guidelines

  • A team spokesperson must be able to competently describe the engineered feature(s) and can trace its conception, design, manufacturing/assembly, or deployment.
  • The feature(s) reflect an engineering solution to a specific problem, and it is functional and practical.
  • The feature(s) are elegant and advantageous on the field of play.
  • It stands up to the rigors of competition.

 

Industrial Design Award Sponsored by General Motors

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 form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.

Guidelines

  • The design is elegant and efficient (simple/executable) and practical. The entire machine reflects a system design approach, i.e., the overall machine design addresses the many functional systems that must operate together.
  • Designing the machine contributes to the team’s success in FIRST – not just in performance on the field of competition.
  • Reliability and maintainability are considered in design. For example, it is capable of withstanding the rigors of the contest and servicing is easy.
  • The entire machine design, or the detailed process used to develop the design, is worthy of this recognition, and not just a single component.

 

Innovation in Control Award Sponsored by Rockwell Automation

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 an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical or software – to provide unique machine functions.

Guidelines

  • A team spokesperson must be able to identify and describe the controls innovation and can trace its conception, design, manufacturing/assembly, or deployment.
  • The control system is innovative and unique. It is integrated with the machine, human players, strategy, etc. in concept and execution.
  • The innovation is practical; it addresses the game’s challenge. It is not just a cute idea and is reliable under the stress of competition.

 

Quality Award Sponsored by Motorola Solutions 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 machine robustness in concept and fabrication

Guidelines

  • The entire team demonstrates robustness and quality: workmanship, welds, joints, wiring, paint, pit area, tools, control panel, cart, etc. 
  • The machine can withstand the rigors of competition – maintaining functionality, including the use of designed-in redundancy, fail-safety etc. that may mitigate failures in competition to gain other advantages (e.g. weight).
  • Workmanship is valued and planned in both the machine and support equipment.
  • Building the machine contributes to the team’s success in FIRST – not just in performance on the field of competition.
  • Execution is superb; the machine was built with a detailed plan in mind.