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Team Updates notify the FIRST Robotics Competition community of content changes to any official season documentation (e.g. the Game & Season Manual, Award deadlines, drawing changes, etc.) or important season news. Team Updates will not highlight typo fixes. Any noteworthy changes to content on this page will be highlighted in a Team Update. The dates listed under "Updates" will reflect the associated Team Update where any updates are made. This document is considered the authority on Submitted Awards.

 

The Lead Coach/Mentor 1 or Lead Coach/Mentor 2 for your team must assign at least one (1) and up to two (2) student award submitters in the FIRST Robotics Competition Team Registration System. Those students will be notified of their status via email and may then log into Youth Team Member Registration System and be able to view the awards submission section on their main page.

Chairman’s Award, Entrepreneurship Award, and Woodie Flowers Award must be submitted through the Youth Team Member Registration System. The FIRST Dean’s List Award must be submitted by the team’s Lead Coach/Mentor 1 or Lead Coach/Mentor 2 contact through the Team Registration System.

By making a submission, the Submitter irrevocably grants to FIRST and the FIRST designees the right to use any or all of the submission in any and all media for the purpose of describing the submission, describing the Award, and/or otherwise promoting.

 

Chairman's Award

Updates

  • December 8, 2016

Dates

  • Submission Opens: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Submission Closes: Thursday, February 09, 2017, 3PM Eastern Time

Events Where It's Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Events
  • FIRST Championship

Description

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 purpose and goals 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 scientists, engineers, and technologists.

Overview

The concept of the Chairman’s Award includes Regional and District Championship Chairman’s Awards, which enable FIRST to recognize more teams for their exemplary efforts in spreading the FIRST message, as well as their talents in organizing materials for their presentations.

Because the Chairman’s Award recognizes sustained excellence and impact, not just a one (1) year team effort, it is not possible for a FIRST year (rookie) team to receive the Chairman’s Award, Rookie Teams will NOT be considered for the award, are NOT required to provide a Chairman’s Award video, and will not be interviewed, as Chairman’s Award judging resources are limited.

The teams who have earned the Regional and District Championship Chairman’s Award can travel to the FIRST Championship to be considered for the Chairman’s Award.

NASA Grant Teams

All teams that received a NASA Grant, including rookie recipients, must prepare a Chairman’s Award submission on line through the Youth Team Member Registration System as part of the grant requirement.

All teams are encouraged to print a copy of their final submission for their records and to confirm for themselves that the submission was accepted.

Submission and Eligibility Information

The criterion for the Chairman’s Award has special emphasis on recent accomplishments in both the current season, and the preceding two to five years. The judges focus on teams’ activities over a sustained period, as distinguished from just the robot design and build period.

Teams* are eligible for the Chairman’s 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 Chairman’s 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 Chairman’s 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 Chairman’s Award at those events.

FIRST will present a Chairman’s Award at each Regional and District event. Chairman’s Award recipients from District events will go forward to be considered at the District Championship.

The recipients from the Regional events and the District Championships will be eligible for the Chairman’s Award presented at the FIRST Championship.

Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame members; i.e., teams that have already earned the Championship Chairman’s Award, are ineligible to resubmit for consideration for five (5) years. Members of the Hall of Fame are here.

Submission Content

The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have created the best partnership effort among team participants and which best exemplified the true meaning of FIRST through measurable impact on participants, school, and community at large.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is not about machines; it is about the experience of people working together toward a shared goal. Documenting and preserving your team’s FIRST experience becomes an important component of the over-all FIRST experience.

Submission Format

The Essay, excluding the Executive Summary, will be limited to 10,000 characters, including spaces and punctuation.

Submission Process

Students must submit their team’s Chairman’s Award submission, in English, through the FIRST Youth Team Member Registration System. Follow the directions shown on the site to submit your team’s entry.

Submitters must enter information, save it, and return to the site to edit the Chairman’s Award submission until they are ready to finalize it for final judging. All entries must be finalized by the deadline. No entries will be accepted or altered after this deadline.

Chairman’s Award submitters will go into Youth Team Member Registration System and enter the following required information:

  • Team Number
  • Team Name/Nickname
  • Briefly describe the impact of the FIRST program on team participants with special emphasis on the current season and the preceding two to five years
  • Describe the impact of the FIRST program on your community with special emphasis on the current season and the preceding two to five years
  • Describe the team’s innovative or creative method to spread the FIRST message
  • Describe examples of how your team members act as role models and inspire other FIRST team members to emulate
  • Team’s initiatives to help start or form other FIRST Robotics Competition teams
  • Describe the team’s initiatives to help start or form other FIRST teams (including FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, & FIRST Tech Challenge)
  • Describe the team’s initiatives on assisting other FIRST teams (including FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, & FIRST Tech Challenge) with progressing through the FIRST program
  • Describe how your team works with other FIRST teams to serve as mentors to younger or less experienced FIRST teams (including FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, & FIRST Tech Challenge)
  • Describe your Corporate/University Sponsors
  • Describe the strength of your partnership with your sponsors with special emphasis on the current season and the preceding two to five years
  • For FIRST Robotics Competition teams older than 5 years, briefly describe your team’s broader impact from its inception
  • Describe how your team would explain what FIRST is to someone who has never heard of it
  • Briefly describe other matters of interest to the FIRST Judges, if any
  • Essay (10,000 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation, or approximately 1500 words): Judges encourage creativity of expression but the essay must clearly deliver information and facts describing what the team is all about. The essay should draw attention to the strengths of the team. This essay, along with the other information, will serve as the basis for the judges to make the decision on which team earns the Chairman’s Award.

Chairman’s Award submissions are posted on a private, password-protected site where only the judges and authorized FIRST staff can read the entries.

 

Please note: By making a submission the Submitter irrevocably grants to FIRST and FIRST designees the right to use any or all of the submission in any and all media for the purpose of describing the submission, describing the Award, and/or otherwise promoting FIRST and FIRST programs.

 

Judges at each regional and district event will be interviewing the candidates who successfully completed the submission process. Teams should always print and bring a hard copy of their submission to the event.

In preparing this document, bear in mind that students, engineers, teachers, community, school, sponsors, families, and other supporters are all integral parts of your team experience. Your submission needs to clearly convey the factors outlined above.

 

Important Note: Chairman’s Award Judges also review the information entered in the Team Spotlight section as part of the Chairman’s Award submission. This information is entered as part of the Team Registration System.

 

 

Interview Process and Video Requirement

Eligible teams that submitted for the Chairman’s Award will need to sign up at pit admin and provide a Chairman’s Award Video Consent Form in order to be interviewed by the Judges at the event. If a team does not sign up for an interview slot, they will be considered ineligible to earn the Chairman’s Award at that event. Chairman’s Award interviews are limited to twelve (12) minutes total; up to seven (7) minutes for a presentation by the team (which includes set-up) and up to five (5) minutes of question and answer led by the Judges. Not more than three (3) student team members, plus one (1) adult mentor, are allowed to attend the interview. Only student (non-mentor) team members are allowed to present information and answer questions from the Judges. The one (1) adult mentor from the team who may attend may observe and later provide feedback to the team, but the mentor is not allowed to provide any assistance during the interview itself. If the mentor provides any assistance during the interview, the team will be downgraded. Exception: If necessary, the adult mentor may provide translation services for students needing foreign language or sign language translation so the students and Judges may communicate. This adult mentor may provide no assistance to the team other than translation service.

Teams are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the option to have one (1) adult mentor present during the interview to observe and later provide feedback. This feedback can be very valuable in helping teams hone their skills. Teams will not be downgraded by the judges for having a mentor present in this capacity. This is a specific part of judge training. 

Teams desiring written feedback from Judges will be able to receive it upon request. To receive feedback, teams submitting for Chairman’s Award must fill out their Team Number and Team Name on the Chairman’s Award feedback form and provide it to the Judges at the beginning of their Chairman’s Award interview. Completed forms will be available at the end of the event. We are requiring teams to request feedback before they interview to help ensure Judging resources are not invested in teams not interested in receiving feedback.

 

Teams submitting for the Chairman’s Award must provide a Video to the judges at the start of their Chairman’s Award interview. The content of the video should explain what the team has done to earn the Chairman’s Award. The video content may be in the team’s native language, but if that language is not English, the team must add English subtitles to be eligible for the Chairman’s Award at any event in the US or Canada, or at any non-US or Canadian event at which their native language is not generally spoken. The video may be shown to the judges during the team’s seven (7) minute presentation time or the team can choose to not show the video during the presentation time. Even if the video is NOT shown during the interview, a Video and Chairman’s Award Video Consent Form must still be provided to the Judges in order for the team to be considered for the Chairman’s Award. In addition, the team must provide the equipment for viewing (i.e. laptop/speakers etc.) the video if they intend to show it during their interview. Teams who do not submit a Video to the judges will not be considered eligible for the Chairman’s Award and will not be interviewed by the judges. This is applicable at all events including the FIRST Championship.

 

The Video format should be as follows:

  • A 16:9 (“widescreen aspect ratio”)
  • Not more than 3 minutes long, no shorter than 1 minute long.
  • Include a clean audio track
  • Free of copyright restrictions, including music.
  • May be presented to Judges as a DVD or on a USB Flash Drive

Video may consist of:

  • Video footage
  • Voice over/music over still photographs
  • Animated presentation
  • PowerPoint converted to VIDEO format

Sound:

  • Should be clear of pops and hisses

Copyright:

  • If using copyrighted music must have written permission
  • If using Creative Commons Music (CCM) on line, the music must be used in accordance with the appropriate license and properly attributed.
  • Music may not contain offensive or suggestive language

Content Guidelines:

  • Please show us what you are doing to earn the Chairman’s Award
  • Please do not identify minors by full name, use only first names. Other required information to be given to the judges:
  • Permission for FIRST to use your video in marketing & promotional material and/or live at FIRST events & competitions (Chairman's Award Video Use Consent Form)

DVD Requirements

  • Ensure that your DVD is actually a DVD file, playable with a standard DVD player. If we cannot view your DVD, you may be ineligible for the award. Test your DVD before submitting it.
  • DVD itself must be labeled with your team number and team name
  • DVD case or envelope must also be labeled with your team number and team name
  • A completed Chairman’s Award Video Use Consent Form must be folded and included in the DVD case or envelope.

USB Flash Drive Requirements

  • USB Flash Drive must contain only the Chairman’s Award video file. Test that the file is playable before submitting the USB Flash Drive.
  • Video file must be in the QuickTime (.mov) or windows Media (.wmv) file format compressed with the H.264/MPEG-4 codec
  • USB Flash Drive itself must be labeled with your team number, at a minimum. If you have room, please add your team name as well. Consider using a label maker or a piece of tape and permanent marker. Ensure the label is secure and the team number is easily read.
  • To reduce the chance of the USB Flash Drive being misplaced, the Drive must be placed in a clear, sealable plastic bag before it is given to the Judges. Label the bag with team number and name. This label may be a piece of paper, printed with the required information, inserted in the bag and oriented so it may be read without opening the bag
  • A completed Chairman’s Award Video Use Consent Form must be folded and included in the plastic bag.

 

Note: The Chairman’s Award is our highest honor and teams who receive the Chairman’s Award represent the highest standards of FIRST. When the Chairman’s judges have narrowed the selection to two or three teams, these contenders for the Chairman’s Award at all events will have their VIDEO viewed by the Judge Advisor for appropriate content and to ensure that the above guidelines have been met. Although the Chairman’s judges will not be judging your video as part of your submission, a VIDEO with inappropriate content will disqualify a team for the award.

 

Chairman's Award Resources

 

Regional/District Championship Chairman’s Award

Team’s that have earned the Chairman’s Award at a Regional or District Championship will be requested via email from FIRST HQ to submit a YouTube link of their official Chairman’s Award Video and presentation video for posting along with their online submission. These will be used as resources for current and future Chairman’s Award submitting teams. We want other teams to be able to see what it takes to be selected for this most prestigious award.

 

The Chairman’s Award Championship Award Process

At the FIRST Championship, a panel of judges will interview teams and review the submissions from all the Regional and District Championship Chairman’s Award recipients and will select one winning Chairman’s Award recipient. This team has the additional honor of choosing one of its junior or senior student members to receive the Allaire Medal.

 

The Allaire Medal - Leadership Exemplified

The Allaire Medal recognizes leadership exemplified and is awarded to an individual student on the team selected as the Chairman’s Award team.

Named in honor of Paul A. Allaire, a long-serving FIRST Chairman of the Board, the Allaire Medal is given to the student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership on his/her FIRST team, within his/her school and community and whose personal character best embodies the spirit of FIRST.

The team earning The Chairman’s Award at the Championship will select the Allaire Medal recipient. The adult and student team members of the Chairman’s Award team determine the recipient. The recipient must be a high school junior or senior who has been accepted into a four (4) year degree program at a college or university. The Allaire Medalist receives the Allaire medallion and up to $10,000 in total scholarship support for undergraduate tuition, room/board and fees/books at his or her intended university or college.

 

Dean's List

Updates

  • December 16, 2016

Dates

  • Submission Opens: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Submission Closes: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 3PM Eastern Time

Events Where It's Awarded

  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Events
  • FIRST Championship

Description

In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen family sponsors awards for selected 10th or 11th grade* students known as the FIRST Robotics Competition®  FIRST Dean’s List and the FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List.

Similar to the very prestigious National Merit Scholarship Award, there are three (3) levels of FIRST Dean’s List Award students.

  • FIRST Robotics Competition & FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Semi-finalists, the group of two(2) students in their 10th or 11th school year* nominated by each FIRST Robotics Competition  or FIRST Tech Challenge team as applicable.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition & FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Finalists comprised of the two (2) students selected at each FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament, FIRST Robotics Competition Regional or FIRST Robotics Competition District Championship (the Qualifying Events). At FIRST Robotics Competition District Championships, more than two (2) students may be selected, depending on the size of the district.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition & FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List winners for both FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge are the students selected from the applicable FIRST Dean’s List Finalists at the FIRST Championship.

The students who earn FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List status as either a Semi-finalist, Finalist or winner, will not only be great examples of current student leaders who have led their FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, but it is FIRST’s goal that all Dean’s List Semi-Finalists, Finalists and winners will continue on, post award, as great leaders of FIRST’s ever growing student alumni.

 

Since its introduction in 2010, the FIRST Dean’s List Award has attracted the attention of prestigious colleges and universities who desire to have FIRST Dean’s List students apply for admissions. As FIRST believes such interest is beneficial to our students, those students selected as Finalists and winners will be asked to provide written consent for the release and use of certain personal information, including image, to interested colleges/universities for the sole purpose of allowing those institutions to contact the students if they wish. Colleges/universities have expressed interest in meeting FIRST Dean’s List Award winners and FIRST hopes that each team will take advantage of the opportunity to nominate two of their best students as FIRST Dean’s list Semi-finalists.

 

*Note for regions of the world that do not use grade levels such as this to identify years of schooling: This award is intended for students who are two (2) to three (3) years away from entering college or university. Students that would be attending college or university in the next academic year are not eligible.

Submissions

After careful review of the criteria for the Dean’s List Award, each FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge team is invited to nominate up to two student members as Semi-finalists who are 10th or 11th grade students. It’s important that teams nominate only those students they believe are truly deserving of this honor. A mentor, who is not related to either of the students chosen as the team’s Dean’s List Semi-finalists, shall complete and submit the application in the Team Registration System to compete for the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist designation at one (1) qualifying event. Students previously selected as FIRST Dean’s List Semi-finalists or Finalists in a prior year are eligible for nomination again this year provided they meet all of the criteria.

 

Please note: By making a submission, the Submitter irrevocably grants FIRST and FIRST designees the right to use any or all of the submission in any and all media for the purpose of describing the submission, describing the award, and/or otherwise promoting FIRST and FIRST programs.

Criteria

Criteria for selection of the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Award shall include, but not be limited to a student’s:

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST
  • Effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in the school and community
  • Interest in and passion for a long-term commitment to FIRST
  • Overall individual contribution to their team
  • Technical expertise and passion
  • Entrepreneurship and creativity
  • Ability to motivate and lead fellow team members

Although a single mentor must submit the nomination, the team as a whole must verify the accuracy of the submission. FIRST is relying upon the team for the veracity and accuracy of the submission data.

Each entry shall include the following identifying information:

  • The student’s cumulative GPA; although the Dean’s List Award is not a strictly academic award, the GPA may be considered when determining the outstanding students.
  • Name & location of student’s high school
  • Number of years the student has participated in FIRST
  • Number of years the student has participated on the team
  • An essay of not more than 4,000 characters attesting to why the student has been nominated.

Essay should be specific about the Semi-finalist’s contributions to FIRST generally, and to their team specifically as well as inform judges of specifics on the semi-finalist’s entrepreneurial, technical, creativity, and innovation skills. Specific examples are helpful to the judges. Information about the Semi-finalist outside of FIRST may also be supportive of the nomination but is secondary to information about the student’s participation in FIRST. Essay must be submitted in English between the dates noted above.

Applications for the FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List are submitted via Team Registration System .

A photograph of the FIRST Dean’s List Semi-finalist is strongly encouraged, but optional, and the essay submission and such photos may be used in the promotion of the recipient and/or the award, at the discretion of FIRST. Finalists & winners will be required to sign a FIRST media release to allow use of their likeness to sponsors contributing to the FIRST Dean’s List recognition program and will be responsible for any taxes associated with federal/state prize requirements.

If a team is attending more than one qualifying event, the mentor must select one event at which the team’s selections are to be considered. FIRST Robotics Competition district teams must submit their Semi-finalists at the local FIRST Robotics Competition District Championship.

 

** Note: Non-District team Mentors and semi-finalists will receive an email after the award portal closes stating at which Regional event the semi-finalist will interview. If they are from a District team, they will receive an email stating that they will receive further instructions from their District indicating at which event they will interview. The email will also include a copy of the nomination letter in order to prepare the semi-finalist for the interview.

FIRST Robotics Competition Judging

Judges will review the submissions and each Semi-finalist will be interviewed at or prior to one (1) event where their team is competing. Judges will select two (2) students at each qualifying event as FIRST Robotics Competition FIRST Dean’s List Finalists. FIRST Robotics Competition district submissions will be reviewed and Semi-finalists interviewed at or prior to their local FIRST Robotics Competition District Championship with the allocated number of Dean’s List Finalists chosen at each FIRST Robotics Competition District Championship.

All Semi-finalists will participate in a brief, 5-7 minute, live and interactive interview with a minimum of two judges. This interview does not need to be in-person at the event, though that is the preferred method. Interviews may, if necessary, be conducted by phone or video conference, as long as no less than two adults are participating in discussions with the student. Also, this interview does not need to take place concurrently with the event, it may happen beforehand, as long as every Semi-finalist is interviewed and has a fair opportunity for selection.

Students may invite a mentor to sit in the interview room for observation only. The mentor may not contribute to the interview or provide any supplemental information to judges. This mentor will be the one to provide the student feedback, in regards to their interview skills, after the interview is over. Judges will not provide feedback to the students. Exception: If necessary, an adult mentor/assistant may provide translation services for students needing foreign language or sign language translation so the students and Judges may communicate.

The FIRST Robotics Competition FIRST Dean’s List Finalists will be honored at the award ceremonies at the applicable qualifying event.

At the FIRST Championship all FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Finalists will be considered for the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Award as applicable. No interviews will take place at FIRST Championship.  Judges will use the essays provided and any available interview feedback. Finalists need not be present at the FIRST Championship in order to be considered. Ten (10) FIRST Robotics Competition students will be selected as FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Award winners and ten (10) FIRST Tech Challenge students will be selected as FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List Award winners for the 2017 season.

The ten 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition FIRST Dean’s List Award winners and ten 2017 FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Award winners will each receive the following:

  • A unique trophy and public recognition at FIRST Championship
  • A written recommendation from FIRST leadership to the college(s) or employers of their choice
  • A credit towards the winning student’s team’s next season registration fee. The credit will be applied to the team from which the student was originally nominated for the award.
  • A commemorative plaque for the student’s school
  • An invitation for them and a chaperone to attend an expense paid FIRST Dean’s List Award Summit at FIRST headquarters in Manchester, NH; and
  • An opportunity to work with all members of the FIRST Dean’s list and FIRST leaders to advance the Alumni mission of FIRST.

Dean's List Award Resources

 

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

Updates

  • December 8, 2016

Dates

  • Submission Opens: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Submission Closes: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 3PM Eastern Time

Events Where It's Awarded

  • District Events
  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Events
  • 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 objectives. This team displays entrepreneurial enthusiasm and the vital business skills to ensure a self-sustaining program.

Business Plan Submission

Submissions must be in English and will be accepted between the dates listed above.

A formal business plan must be completed and entered through the Youth Team Member Registration System .

In addition to submitting their business plans, teams may create more comprehensive plans in their own style. They may then provide hard copies of these plans to judges at events to supplement the information they provide in the online submission.

Guidelines

A formal business plan is submitted through Youth Team Member Registration System

  • The team has a clear concept or approach to building their team and functions as a complete unit.
  • They assumed risks and were successful in managing that risk, dealing appropriately with adversity and unexpected events.
  • They had a plan and executed it successfully.
  • They understood the goals of the competition and the goals of FIRST.
  • They demonstrated sustainability through, for example, succession and contingency planning.

Business Plan Template

Teams must complete the following fields in English in order to be considered for this award.

  • TEAM 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 business plan strives to accomplish. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
  • TEAM ORIGIN: Please provide the date that your team formed, the location of your team, the current number of team members (highlighting any growth over past years) and describe the challenges the team had to overcome in order to participate in FIRST events. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
  • ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: Please detail how the team is structured to 1) Raise funds; 2) Ensure funds are properly spent; 3) Find and engage sponsors; 4) Recruit team members/ mentors for current & future seasons; 5) Ensure FIRST principles remain core to the team’s efforts. Uploading an image of your team organizational chart below, will also satisfy this requirement. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation. Graphic image allowed in addition to or as an alternative to text - upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF)
  • RELATIONSHIPS: Please detail team efforts to specifically engage, inspire, educate and retain 1) Team members; 2) Mentors; 3) Sponsors/Community. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
  • DEPLOYMENT OF RESOURCES: Please detail how the resources of your team (Financial or otherwise) have been deployed to 1) Engage the community to spread the message of FIRST; 2) Inspire others to get involved so that FIRST continues to grow; 3) Ensure all team members get the most out of their FIRST experience. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
  • FUTURE PLANS: Please indicate specific plans the team has for the next 3 years in regards to sponsorship, team and community outreach (including helping FIRST grow) and detail how you expect to be able to accomplish these goals. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
  • FINANCIAL STATEMENT: Please include information on team finances (include financial statement detailing income and expenditures). Uploading an image of your team financial plan below, will also satisfy this requirement. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation. Graphic image allowed in addition to or as an alternative to text - upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF)
  • RISK ANALYSIS: Please describe the team’s risk mitigation plan. Present a SwOT (Strengths, weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis or narrative that describes the team plan to identify and respond to sustainability threats. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
  • PICTURES: Please upload Organizational Charts and Budgets. Picture 1: Please upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF Picture 2: Please upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF Picture 3: Please upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF Picture 4: Please upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF

Entrepreneurship Award submissions are posted on a private, password-protected site where only the judges and authorized FIRST staff can read the entries. By making a submission the Submitter irrevocably grants to FIRST and FIRST designees the right to use any or all of the submission in any and all media for the purpose of describing the submission, describing the Award, and/or otherwise promoting FIRST and FIRST programs.

Eligibility

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

 

Woodie Flowers Award

Updates

  • December 8, 2016

Dates

  • Submission Opens: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Submission Closes: Thursday, February 09, 2017, 3PM Eastern Time

Events Where It's Awarded

  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Events
  • FIRST Championship Division

Description

The Woodie Flowers Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. Dr. William Murphy founded this prestigious award in 1996 to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills.

Two subcategories are awarded:

  • The Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (WFFA) is presented to one adult mentor at each Regional Competition or District Championship. 
  • The Woodie Flowers Award (WFA) is presented to one WFFA winner at the FIRST Championship 

Eligibility

Each year, students may submit an essay nominating one mentor from their team to be considered for this award. FIRST will recognize one adult mentor at each Regional or District Championship to receive the WFFA. If a team already has a mentor who has received the WFFA in a prior year, then that team may re-submit that mentor in the current year in addition to nominating a mentor for the WFFA if they wish. The current year WFFA recipients, along with those mentors who received a WFFA in a prior year and have been re-nominated, will be judged to receive the WFA at the FIRST Championship.

Spirit of the Award

High school students on a FIRST Robotics Competition team may nominate one (1) adult team member as their Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (WFFA) candidate. The students will describe how this mentor has given them the best understanding of the challenges, opportunities and satisfaction involved in the discipline of engineering and design. Professor Flowers will lead the past Championship Woodie Flowers Award (WFA) recipients as they judge and select the Finalists and the Championship recipient based on student essays.

This award recognizes an individual who has done an outstanding job of motivation through communication while also challenging the students to be clear and succinct in recognizing the value of communication. As such, it is very important that this be a student-led effort and a student decision. Team mentors should direct their students to the online entry site and let the high school students decide whom to nominate. Adults can help edit, but this must be a student-led effort, since any team mentor is eligible. Authors must be clearly identified as high school students in the online submission.

Award Eligibility Requirements

Regional WFFA (except District Event Teams) – Each team may nominate one adult member from their team to be judged at one Regional Event they are attending. The adult mentor must be on the same team as the student. Previous year WFFA recipients are not eligible to receive the current year WFFA.

District Championship WFFA (applies only to teams participating in District Events) - Each District team may nominate one adult member from their team at one District Event to be judged at the District Championship. The adult mentor must be on the same team as the student. Previous WFFA recipients are not eligible to receive the current year WFFA. One WFFA recipient will be selected at each District Championship.

FIRST Championship WFA – All prior year Regional and District Championship WFFA recipients are eligible to be re-nominated for the current FIRST Championship Woodie Flowers Award. However, if a team has multiple prior Regional or District Championship WFFA recipients, then the team may only re-nominate one of those previous recipients. The re-nomination can be made as soon as the online submission process begins. All of the Regional and District Championship WFFA recipients from the current year are automatically eligible to receive the current FIRST Championship Woodie Flowers Award. Teams that have submitted a previous year WFFA recipient for the current FIRST Championship WFA and have a current Regional or District Championship WFFA recipient will be asked by the WFA committee which Regional or District Championship WFFA recipient from their team will be their FIRST Championship WFA candidate. A person may not receive the WFA more than one time.

Judging Criteria

Two aspects of this award are important: (1) the accomplishments in communication by the mentor and (2) the student’s ability to communicate clearly and concisely through their nomination.

A specific judging criterion is based upon the team’s description of how the mentor inspired each member of the team in some or all of the following ways:

  • Level of student participation; 
  • Creativity of effort; 
  • Clear explanation of mathematical, scientific, and engineering concepts; 
  • Demonstration of enthusiasm for Science and Engineering; 
  • Encouragement to work on projects as a team effort; 
  • Inspiration to use problem-solving skills; 
  • Inspiration to become an effective communicator; and 
  • Motivation through communication.

Each FIRST team completes a product development cycle as it designs a concept, develops a prototype, and builds and debugs a unique machine. This requires teamwork, attention to detail, scheduling and hard work. The award-winning essay should answer this question; “How did the candidate inspire your team throughout this process?” If the essay best describes how this individual excels above all others as he or she inspires the team, then that mentor truly deserves to be recognized with the award that honors Professor Woodie Flowers and his contribution to engineering, education, and communication.

Entry Requirements

The students enter team and candidate information, reference information, and a maximum three thousand (3,000) character essay written in English. Teams may also add up to six (6) pictures, totaling no more than 1.0 MB of memory. This essay should be a team effort and will stand alone as the team’s entry to award their candidate the deserved recognition.

For students to re-nominate a past WFFA winner for the FIRST Championship WFA, they must write and submit a new 3,000 character essay.

Teams may only submit their WFFA candidate at one Regional or District competition for judging.

Entry Process

Students enter their candidate through the Youth Team Member Registration System.

Student nominators must follow the directions listed on the screen. As the student nominator fills out the required information, he/she will also choose their selected regional/district.

Student nominators can easily enter information, save it, and return to the site to edit their entry information until they are ready to submit it for judging. All entries must be submitted between the dates listed in Submission Dates. No entries will be accepted or altered after this date.

Students will go to the website to enter information in the following fields:

  • Team Number
  • Candidate Information:
    • First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name
    • Address, City, State, zip code
    • Employer
    • Occupation
    • Position on team
  • High School Student Nominator’s information: (Student recommending candidate)
    • First Name, Last Name
    • Phone Number
    • High School
    • E-mail Address
    • Position on Team
    • Year in school (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th)
  • Adult Reference (On the same team)
    • First Name, Last Name
    • Phone Number
    • E-mail Address
    • Position on Team
  • Adult Reference (Any FIRST affiliation)
    • First Name, Last Name
    • Phone Number
    • E-mail Address
  • Regional / District Selection (Team must attend this Regional / District)
  • Upload Pictures (Up to 6, no more than 1.0 MB total)
  • Essay (Character max: 3,000) - The students will see a quote from Dr. Murphy and/or Woodie about the value of concise and clear writing. Once candidates’ information and essays are submitted, they are sorted and posted on a private, password-protected site where only the Judges can read the entries.

Please Note: By making a submission the Submitter irrevocably grants to FIRST and FIRST designees the right to use any or all of the submission in any and all media for the purpose of describing the submission, describing the Award, and/or otherwise promoting FIRST and FIRST programs.

Prior Year Regional or District Championship WFFA Recipient Re-Submission

Student nominators must submit a new 3,000 character (maximum) essay in order to re-nominate their previous year Regional or District Championship WFFA recipient to be eligible for the current FIRST Championship WFA. Student nominators will not be able to edit the original submission. Past winners without a new essay will not be eligible for the WFA. While the judges can review past essays, the new essay must be able to stand alone as a complete submission. 

Each FIRST team may nominate/re-nominate a maximum of one (1) candidate for the FIRST Championship WFA.