FIRST Robotics Competition celebrates the excitement of competition both on and off the field. Through the following awards, we celebrate the FIRST Core Values which makes us so much #morethanrobots. Please note that different event types (e.g. Regional events, District Competitions, Championship) offer a different set of awards. Not every award is presented at every FIRST Robotics Competition event. Details by event type are available on the linked pages below.


​Important Award Deadlines:

FIRST Dashboard

Student Award Submitter

February 25, 2021, at 3pm ET

FIRST Dashboard

Adult Award Submitter

February 18, 2021, at 3pm ET

Email Automation Direct

Any Team Member

Coming soon!

FIRST Dashboard

Student Award Submitter

January 14, 2021 at 3pm ET 

FIRST Dashboard

Student Award Submitter

February 18, 2021, at 3pm ET

2021 Season FIRST® Robotics Competition Awards

All FIRST Robotics Competition awards will be judged remotely. Most awards for the 2021 season will be associated with either the Game Design Challenge, INFINITE RECHARGE at Home, or the Innovation Challenge. 

Game Design Challenge 

  • Designer’s Award – Celebrates a team’s outstanding success with the Game Design Challenge. The winner of this award should be a strong candidate for other awards in this challenge.
  • Concept Award – Celebrates a team that creates an interesting, realistic game concept.
  • Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen – 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 visual aesthetic integration.
  • Creativity Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation – Celebrates creativity that enhances the overall game design concept.
  • Engineering Design Award – Celebrates the team that demonstrates sound engineering in the design process.
  • Rookie Design Award - Celebrates the rookie team’s outstanding success in the Game Design Challenge.


  • Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford - 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.
  • Excellence in Engineering Award - Celebrates the team that demonstrates a professional approach to the design process.
  • Rookie Game Changer – Celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success this season
  • Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors - Celebrates the team that demonstrates industrial design principles, striking a balance between form, function, and aesthetics.
  • Quality Award - Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication.



Traditional FIRST® Robotics Competition Awards

The awards are grouped into four categories: Machine, Creativity, and Innovation Awards, Team Attribute Awards, Submitted Awards, and Robot Performance Awards. The Founder’s Award and Volunteer of the Year Award stand alone.

Robot Performance Award

Finalist - Celebrates the Alliance that makes it to the final match of the competition.

Highest Rookie Seed Award - Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.

Winner - Celebrates the Alliance that wins the competition.

Other Awards

Founder’s Award - Recognizes the organization or individual that has contributed significantly to the growth of FIRST.

Volunteer of the Year Award - Presented to an individual, business, or organization that consistently excels in their efforts, with proven results in the areas of impact, leadership, personal commitment, community, and historical contributions.​

See also: Event Results to see past winners.