“FIRST’s most prestigious award, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The award helps keep the central focus of the FIRST Robotics Competition on the goal ofinspiring greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology.” - FIRST
RECOGNIZES A TEAM THAT… Is a role model for other teams Has a strong year-round and multi-year program Impacts its community Spreads its enthusiasm for FIRST in innovative ways Has a strong partnership Students/corporate sponsor/engineers School/university sponsor/engineers Students/adults Community/team
GENERAL INFORMATION Regional Chairman’s Award Can apply at one regional Qualify for Championships In the running for Championship’s Chairman’s Award Championship Chairman’s Award Trip to White House? Dean Kamen’s House? Traveling Clock Trophy FIRST Hall of Fame Allaire Medal (Nominated Jr. or Sr., scholarship and medallion) Hall of Fame members (teams that have already won the Chairman’s Award) cannot compete for the Regional Chairman’s Award for five years
ROOKIE AND NASA GRANT TEAMS Rookie teams Cannot compete for Chairman’s Award, but are encouraged to create a Chairman’s Award submission and print it so judges can evaluate it for the Rookie All-Star Award NASA Grant Teams Must provide a copy of Chairman’s Award submission as part of the grant
ENGINEERING INSPIRATIONAWARD “ Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.”Unlike the Chairman’s Award, all teams attending a regional competition are considered.
POTENTIAL ACTIVITIES On Your Team Organize your team to maximize learning Student leadership Year-round program Alumni FIRST Community Organize events (informational, scrimmages) Mentor other teams FLL Kick-offs
POTENTIAL ACTIVITIES (continued) School Community Addrobotics to curriculum Demos/build awareness General Public Use your robotics knowledge to help an organization Demos Community service Fundraisers Sponsor relations Media Local, state, national, and international presence
AREAS TO ADDRESS How strongly does the submission document the impact FIRST has on the learning experience of the students, school curriculum, engineers, and/or community during the 2012/2013 team year as well as in prior years? Has the team explained/demonstrated why/how it should be a role model for other FIRST teams to emulate? How well has the team communicated its excitement and impact within the entire school, community, and beyond (state/nation) through participation in FIRST during the 2012/2013 team year as well as in prior years? Has the team documented an innovative way to spread the FIRST message? How strong of a year-round team partnership effort is reflected during the 2012/2013 team year as well as in prior years? (You can define partnership in many ways, including: the partnership among the team’s students/corporate sponsor/engineers; school/university sponsor/engineers; students/adults; community/team) As a whole, does the content of the documentation exemplify the true meaning of FIRST?
SUBMISSION COMPONENTS Executive Summary (online) Essay (online) (both above) 2013: due Feb. 21 – two days after ship Presentation (at regional/championships) Video (at regional/championships) Roving Judges (at regional/championships)
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Each 500 characters (including spaces) Briefly describe the impact of the FIRST program on team participants with special emphasis on the 2012/2013 year and the preceding two years Examples of role model characteristics for other teams to emulate Describe the impact of the FIRST program on your team and community with special emphasis on the 2012/2013 year and the preceding two years Team’s innovative methods to spread the FIRST message Describe the strength of your partnership with special emphasis on the 2012/2013 year and the preceding two years Team’s communication methods and results Other matters of interest to the FIRST judges, if any
ESSAY 10,000 Characters ~ 4 pages Submit online (with Executive Summary) Submit at one regional May include up to four pictures
ESSAY TIPS Clear headings and sections Concise Good flow Relevant facts/numbers Focus on the FIRST experience and its impact Address questions judges want to know Define your mission Explain how you accomplish your mission Explain your work from this year, and the last two Write early, then revise – language is important! Maybe involve your English teacher to help edit Have non-involved adults read it and tell you the main points they got
PRESENTATION 10 minutes 5 minute presentation 5 minutes of questions from judges 2-3 judges 3 representatives from your team Any presentation style Team must provide special equipment
PRESENTATION TIPS Practice! Make sure you can say everything in 5 minutes Be memorable, but communicate your main points Incorporate other points when answering questions Ideas?
ROVING JUDGE TIPS Have documentation to show judges when they come Make sure you have knowledgeable team members in the pit to talk to them Develop a list of main points to cover; work these into the questions
SAMPLE QUESTIONS What was the hardest part of robotics this year? What do you wish your team was better at? What was a challenge your team faced? How did you solve it? How does your team raise money? How do you keep in touch with your alumni? How has robotics impacted you? Why should you get the Chairman’s award? How is your team run? What will you do differently next year? What does gracious professionalism mean to you?
VIDEO 1-3 minutes long Clean audio No copyright infringements May consist of: Video tape footage Voice over/music over pictures Animated presentation PowerPoint converted to movie file format Required for judging When two or three teams have been chosen, video is observed to check it meets requirements Often shown when recipient is announced
MORE INFORMATION Award guidelines, sample championship videos: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/awar ds 2012 Flaming Chicken video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqRp-gkgcE8 Feel free to email us with questions! firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com