Awards

Chairman’s Award

The FIRST Robotics Competition is about much more than the mechanics of building a robot or winning a competitive event. It is about the partnership among people who are part of the FIRST community and the impact on those who participate in FIRST programs with a united goal of achieving FIRST’s mission. The FIRST mission is to change the way young people regard science and technology and to inspire an appreciation for the real-life rewards and career opportunities in these fields. The concept of the Chairman’s Award includes Regional Chairman’s Awards, which enable FIRST to recognize more teams for their exemplary efforts in spreading the FIRST message and their talents in organizing materials for their presentations. The winning entries of the Regional Chairman’s Awards will travel to the FIRST Championship to compete for the 2011 Chairman’s Award.

The Chairman’s Award was created to keep the focus of the FIRST Robotics Competition on our ultimate goal to transform the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encourage more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers, and technologists. The Chairman’s Award represents the spirit of FIRST. It honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST. It remains FIRST’s most prestigious award. FIRST presents a Regional Chairman’s Award at each local competition. Only the winners of the these Chairman’s Awards will be eligible to compete for the Chairman’s Award presented at the FIRST Championship.

Awards
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2011 Chairman’s Award Video

 
2011 Regional Chairman’s Award Winners

Listed below are teams that won the Regional Chairman’s Award (RCA) for the 2011 Logomotion Season. Listed are the team numbers, regional won, and the total times that the team has won a RCA award.


2011 Regional
Chairman’s Winners
Regional FRC Team # of Wins Numeric order
1 BAE 166 1 11
2 New Jersey 2016 2 57
3 Finger Lakes 340 6 63
4 Alamo 57 1 79
5 San Diego 1538 3 122
6 Florida 3242 1 166
7 WPI 228 1 228
8 Lake Superior 2169 3 246
9 Greater KC 3172 1 329
10 Pittsburgh 63 2 340
11 Wisconsin 1714 3 359
12 New York 359 5 360
13 Israel 1942 1 433
14 Arizona 2486 2 503
15 Sacramento 604 4 548
16 Peachtree 122 2 604
17 Boilermaker 1741 1 694
18 Bayou 1912 2 771
19 Chesapeake 836 1 836
20 St. Louis 1094 1 1023
21 Oklahoma 1108 6 1086
22 Lone Star 1429 2 1094
23 Seattle Cascade 360 2 1108
24 Seattle Olympic 1899 1 1114
25 Waterloo 1305 3 1138
26 Los Angeles 1138 2 1266
27 Washington D.C. 1511 4 1305
28 Hawaii 3132 1 1429
29 Midwest 1675 1 1510
30 SBPLI 329 2 1511
31 Oregon 1510 1 1538
32 Palmetto 11 2 1675
33 Toronto West 771 2 1714
34 Toronto East 1114 5 1730
35 Silicon Valley 1868 1 1741
36 Connecticut 694 3 1868
37 Minnesota 10000 Lakes 2500 1 1891
38 Minnesota North Star 1730 1 1899
39 Las Vegas 1266 1 1912
40 Smokey Mountain 79 6 1942
41 Colorado 2996 1 2016
42 Boston 246 1 2169
43 North Carolina 2655 1 2283
44 Buckeye 3138 1 2486
45 Philadelphia 433 3 2500
46 Dallas 2283 1 2655
47 Utah 1891 1 2996
48 Virginia 1086 3 3132
49 Kettering 2604 1 3138
50 Traverse City 66 4 3172
51 Waterford 548 2 3242
52 West Michigan 1718 2
53 Detroit 1 2
54 Ann Arbor 2337 1
55 Niles 503 7
56 Livonia 1023 1
57 Troy 33 4
58 Michigan Champs 1023 2
59 Michigan Champs 548 3
60 Michigan Champs 503 8


 

Woodie Flower’s Award

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. Each year, students may submit an essay nominating one (1) mentor from their team to be considered for this award. If a team already has a mentor who has won the Regional Woodie Flowers Award in a prior year, then that team may resubmit that mentor in the current year. FIRST will recognize one (1) adult mentor at each Regional for receipt of the Regional Woodie Flowers Award. The current year Regional Woodie Flowers Award winners, along with those mentors who won a Regional Woodie Flowers Award in a prior year and have been renominated, will be judged to receive the Woodie Flowers Award at the FRC Championship.

High school students on a FIRST Robotics team may choose one (1) adult team member as their Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (WFFA) candidate (eligibility information on FIRST website under http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/content.aspx?id=440. 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. Dr. Flowers will lead the past Championship Woodie Flowers Award (WFA) winners as they judge and select the Finalists and ultimate Championship winner 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 student nominators 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.

Team KAOS Submissions
Awards

 

FIRST’s Dean List

In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding FRC students, the Kamen family sponsors an award for selected top students, aka FIRST superstars, known as the FIRST Dean’s List. The students who earn FIRST Dean’s List Award status as either a Semi-Finalist, Finalist or Winner, will not only be great examples of student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission all the while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, but it is FIRST’s intention that they will continue on, post-award, as great leaders of FIRST’s ever growing student alumni and as advocates of FIRST. The FIRST Dean’s List Award, introduced in 2010, joined the ranks of other prestigious FIRST awards like the FIRST Founder’s Award which honors sponsors or other supporters who help to grow FIRST; the Woodie Flowers Award, which honors outstanding mentors at FIRST; and the Chairman’s Award, which honors the teams believed to have best achieved the mission of FIRST.

 

Website Award

The Website Award recognizes excellence in student designed, built and managed FIRST team websites.

Three (3) subcategories are awarded:

  • “Website Excellence” – Every submission that meets the first website design standards of excellence (80% or better of total possible score) will receive the website excellence award.
  • Regional, District and State/Regional Championship Best Website – One Best Website Award will be given at each Regional and District Competition. The Best Website from each District Competition will go on to compete at the corresponding State/Region Championship. A team that wins a District Best Website Award does not have to attend the State or Region Championship to be considered for the State/Region Championship Best Website Award.
  • Championship Best Website – One winner will be chosen from the Regional and State/Region Championship Best Website Award winners. A team that wins a Regional or State/Region Championship Best Website Award does not have to attend the Championship in order to be considered for this award.

Fun Fact: Team KAOS' first website submission turned out to be the Lone Star Regional Best Website winner!


 

All Awards

Below are descriptions of all the awards presented throughout the FIRST Robotics Competition season. Displayed is the name of the award, the level in which it is awarded (bold and all-caps lettering), and a brief description of the award.

 
  • Champion Award & Championship Finalist

    Champion Award

    Championship

    This award celebrates the alliance that wins the final match of the Championship Playoffs

    Championship Finalist

    Championship

    This award celebrates the alliance that makes it to the final match of the Championship Playoffs


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  • Cooperation & Creativity Award

    Cooperation ™ Award

    Regional, District, Championship Division

    The Cooperation ™ Award celebrates the team that displays the greatest level of Coopertition™ on the playing field.

    Creativity Award Sponsored by Xerox

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates creative design, in process, execution, or via a creative or unique strategy of play. It is focused on a feature or features of the machine or development process.


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  • Division Champion & Division Finalist

    Division Champion

    Championship Division

    This award celebrates the alliance that wins the final match in their division at the Championship.

    Division Finalist

    Championship Division

    This award celebrates the alliance that makes it to the final match in its division at the Championship.


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  • Engineering Inspiration Award & Entrepreneurship Award

    Engineering Inspiration Award

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates a team’s outstanding efforts in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school as well as their community.

    Entrepreneurship Award Sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes a team, which has developed a comprehensive business plan in order to define, manage, and achieve team objectives. This team displays entrepreneurial enthusiasm and the vital business skills to ensure a self-sustaining program. (Please note, a formal business plan must be completed and given to the judges during the Pit interview process. Teams should be prepared to talk about their plan at that time. Look on the FIRST website under FRC Awards for more information.)


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  • Excellence in Design Award

    Excellence in Design Award Sponsored by Autodesk

    First Championship

    This award honors clear and compelling evidence of excellence in design development, documentation, communication, and presentation. The intention of the Award is to inspire, recognize and celebrate design as one way in which you can change your world.

    Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates an advantageous machine feature or features. This award recognizes any aspect of engineering elegance that reinforces the principles of FIRST.


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  • FIRST Dean’s List & FIRST Future Innovator Award presented by the Abbott Fund

    FIRST Dean’s List

    Regional, First championship

    This award celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining, FIRST ideals is exemplary. Look on the FIRST website under FRC Awards for more information.

    FIRST Future Innovator Award presented by the Abbott Fund

    First Championship

    This award celebrates innovation and intellectual property creation inspired by the FIRST season experience.


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  • Founders Award (not a team award) & Gracious Professionalism™ Award

    Founders Award (not a team award)

    First Championship

    Each year FIRST presents this award to honor an organization or individual that has contributed significantly to the growth of FIRST.

    Gracious Professionalism™ Award Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates outstanding sportsmanship and continuous Gracious Professionalism™ in the heat of competition, both on and off the playing field.


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  • Highest Rookie Seed Award & Imagery Award (in honor of Jack Kamen)

    Highest Rookie Seed Award

    Regional, District, Championship Division

    This award celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.

    Imagery Award (in honor of Jack Kamen)

    Rigiona, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration from the machine to the team appearance.


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  • Industrial Design Award

    Industrial Design Award Sponsored by General Motors

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.

    Industrial Safety Award Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. The winning team consistently demonstrates excellence in industrial safety performance that shines throughout the competition from uncrating to re-pack.


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  • Innovation in Control Award & Judges Award

    Innovation in Control Award Sponsored by Rockwell Automation

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components (electrical, mechanical or software) to provide unique machine functions.

    Judges Award

    Regional, District, First Championship

    During the course of the competition, the judging panel may encounter a team whose unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition.


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  • Quality Award Sponsored by Motorola & Regional/District Finalist

    Quality Award Sponsored by Motorola

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication.

    Regional/District Finalist

    Regional, District

    This award celebrates the alliance that makes it to the final match of the competition.


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  • Regional/District Winner & Rookie All Star

    Regional/District Winner

    Regional, District

    This award celebrates the alliance that wins the final match of the competition.

    Rookie All Star

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This 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.


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  • Rookie Inspiration & Team Spirit Award

    Rookie Inspiration

    Regional, Disrtict, First Championship

    This award 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.

    Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler

    Regional, District, First Championship

    This award celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST.


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  • Website & Woodie Flowers

    Website

    Rigional, District, First Chaampionship

    The Website Award recognizes excellence in student-designed, built, and managed FIRST team websites.

    Woodie Flowers

    District, First Campionship

    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 those around them using excellent communication skills.