Chairman's Award Resources Jan. 14 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 here.

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 2021 season is Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 3pm ET 

What components 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 here.

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. 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 through the FIRST Dashboard. The student 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. No more than 3 pre-college team members are allowed in the Presentation. More specific information can be found here.
  • More info coming soon!