Chairman's Award Resources Aug. 26 2021| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Awards, Mentor, Team

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders. You can read the guidelines on the Submitted Awards webpage.  

Chairman's Award Resources

  • 2021 Virtual Chairman's Chat Recording - Watch this webinar to hear from Hall of Fame (HOF) winning teams and Chairman's Judges from December 2020. They discuss everything from the new Chairman's Executive Summaries to what teams should focus on this season. 

    • 2021 Chairman's Chat Q&A - This document answers all questions that were asked during Q&A session including some that were not answered live during the webinar. 

  • Chairman’s Definitions - To help standardize Chairman’s Award judging, FIRST has developed a definition list for terms commonly used by teams. Teams are responsible for policing their own choice of words. 

  • Chairman’s Documentation (pdf) - Teams are encouraged to provide documentation during the interview to the Judges. Note that this is not a required form (i.e. you can still be eligible without this form) but providing it shows the Judges that your activities are well planned and documented.

  • Previous Award Winners – Teams can view copies of past Regional & District Championship Chairman’s Award Winners Submissions & Videos

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

When is the due date?

The due date for the 2022 season is Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 3pm ET. 

What do I have to submit?

The Chairman’s Award Submission is made up of executive summaries that ask specific questions and an essay. Each executive summary is limited to 500 characters including spaces and punctuation. The essay is limited to 10,000 characters, including spaces and punctuation. The list of questions can be found on the Submitted Awards webpage

Who can submit?

Teams can designate up to two student award submitters who can submit for the award. Due to changes with Data Privacy guidelines at FIRST, a student can only be assigned as an award submitter if their parent/guardian has signed the Consent & Release Form. To help ensure teams will be able to submit the Chairman’s Award by the deadlines, lead mentors 1 and 2 can also submit these awards (in addition to the student award submitters). While we are allowing this option, we still strongly encourage these submissions to be made by students.

How do I appoint a Youth Team Member to be an Award Submitter?

Lead Coach/Mentor 1 or 2 can assign a Youth Team Member as an Award Submitter through the FIRST Dashboard. Only students whose parents/guardians have signed a consent  and release form will be able to be chosen as an Awards Submitter. Select the Youth Team Member that you want to assign as an Award Submitter and click the checkbox. For step by step directions see this document.

Where do I submit for the award?

The award is submitted by an Awards Submitter or Lead Mentor 1/2 through the FIRST Dashboard. The student/mentor should login to their account and navigate to their team and click the blue drop down for “Certificates & Awards.” From there, they will see an option to submit for Chairman’s. Be sure to click the submission complete button after entering all fields. After successfully submitting, Lead Mentor 1 & 2 will receive a confirmation email.

What do I need for the interview?

  • Students should prepare a presentation. Chairman’s Award interviews are limited to 12 minutes total; up to 7 minutes for a presentation by the team (which includes set-up) and up to 5 minutes of question and answer led by the Judges.
    • Teams needing a translator or sign-language interpreter may include an additional person to act as that translator/interpreter. The translator/interpreter does not need to be a team member. For these teams, the duration of the interview is increased by up to 5 minutes – up to 2 minutes for the presentation and up to 3 minutes for the Q&A portion.
  • No more than 3 pre-college team members are allowed in the Presentation.
  • One adult Team Mentor may attend the interview as a silent observer and later provide feedback to the team, but the mentor is not allowed to provide any assistance during the interview. 
  • In addition to the online submission, teams must provide judges at the event with a video on a USB. The team may show this video during their interview but are not required to.
  • More specific information can be found on the Submitted Awards webpage