This is a complete list of FIRST® Robotics Competition awards. 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.

The Lead Coach/Mentor 1 or 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 to view the awards submission section on their main page.

To designate students as award submitters, please follow these steps:

  1. Log into your account at
  2. Select the Team you are assigning an award submitter for.
  3. Under the "Team Contacts/Roster", click the "Youth Members" link.
  4. Find the student you want to assign as an Award Submitter. Accept the student to your team, if not already accepted.
  5. Check the box next to: "Designated Award Submitter". You may designate up to two (2) students.
  6. Please note, you will not be able to designate students as award submitters if they have not been accepted onto your team.


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​Important Award Deadlines:


Submission Process

Submitted By


Digital Animation Award

File Transfer Website

Any Team Member

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:59PM ET

Chairman's Award

Team Registration System

Student Award Submitter

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 3PM ET

Woodie Flowers Award

Team Registration System

Student Award Submitter

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 3PM ET

Dean's List Award

Team Registration System

Adult Award Submitter

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 3PM ET

Safety Animation Award

Team Registration System

Student Award Submitter

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 3PM ET


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.

Chairman’s Award

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.  See also: Chairman's Award Resources.

Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

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

Digital Animation Award sponsored by

Celebrates the art of the digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Engineering Inspiration Award

Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.

Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizes a team that has developed a comprehensive business plan in order to define, manage, and achieve the team's ongoing objectives.

Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

Celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature.


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

FIRST Dean’s List Award

Celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. See also: list of winnersFIRST Dean's List Award Resources.

Founder’s Award

Recognizes the organization or individual that has contributed significantly to the growth of FIRST.

Gracious Professionalism® Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism® working together both on and off the playing field.

Highest Rookie Seed Award

Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.

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 engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.

Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors

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

Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

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

Judges’ Award

During the course of the competition, the judging panel may decide a team’s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition.

Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation

Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication.

Rookie All-Star Award

Celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.

Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments

Celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as in their community.

Safety Award sponsored by UL

Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards for themselves and others. 

Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL

Recognizes the team that submits a short animated film that best promotes the current season’s team safety focus. Please visit the Safety Page for more information about this award.

Team Spirit Award sponsored by Fiat Chrysler

Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives 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.


Celebrates the Alliance that wins the competition.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

Presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills.

See also: Event Results to see past winners.