FIRST Tech Challenge is More Than Robots. Off the field, teams are assessed on their engineering notebooks and community outreach - earning awards and nationally recognised accreditation along the way.
STEM is less daunting for the students that took part in the programme and I think it has increased interest in the subject. This week we had a Year 8 options evening; there's quite a lot of Year 8 children attending the club and they're choosing engineering.Damian, Teacher, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy
Young people participating in FIRST Tech Challenge will be eligible to receive Industrial Cadets accreditation at a Silver or Gold level.
More Than Robots, teams are judged on their performance and contribution throughout the season. Winners of the Inspire Award earn the opportunity to represent the UK at the FIRST world championships held in Detroit, USA.
Collins Aerospace Innovate Award
Bringing great ideas from concept to reality.
The Collins Aerospace Innovate Award celebrates a team that thinks outside the box, and has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life.
This judged award is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to any specific components in the FIRST Tech Challenge game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. This award may address the design of the whole robot, or of a sub-assembly attached to the robot. The creative component must work consistently, but a robot does not have to work all the time during matches to be considered for this award.
The team’s Engineering Notebook must include journal entries to show the design of the component or components and the team’s robot to be eligible for this award. Entries must describe how the team arrived at their solution.
Connecting the dots between community, FIRST, and the diversity of the engineering world.
This judged award is given to the team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community.
A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts, and recognises that engaging their local STEM community plays an essential part in their success.
The recipient of this award is recognised for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the team itself.
The team that wins the Connect Award aggressively seeks and recruits engineers and explores the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology.
This team has a clear business or strategic plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.
Mastering Robot intelligence.
The Control Award celebrates a team that uses sensors and software to increase the robot’s functionality on the field.
This award is given to the team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, improving mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the field. The control component should work consistently on the field.
The team’s Engineering Notebook must contain details about the implementation of the software, sensors, and mechanical control.
Industrial design at its best.
This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic.
The Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team.
The winning design should not compromise the practical operation of the robot but complement its purpose.
This judged award is given to the team that embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge programme. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programmes and a role model FIRST team.
This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism both on and off the playing field.
This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team will have showed success in performing the task of designing and building a Robot.
During the competition, the judging panel may meet a team whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition, yet doesn’t fit into any of the existing award categories. To recognise these unique teams, FIRST offers a customised Judges Award.
The judging panel may select a team to be honoured, as well as the name of the Judges’ Award. The Judges Award recognises a team for their outstanding efforts but does not factor into the Advancement
Sparking others to embrace the culture of FIRST!
This team embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly shows what it means to be a Team.
This judged award celebrates the team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm.
This is a team who makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST.
Removing engineering obstacles through creative thinking.
This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season.
The engineering section of the notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering section must focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot.
Journal entries must include descriptions of the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, redesigns, successes, and opportunities for improvement.
A team is not a candidate for this award if they have not completed the engineering section of the Engineering Notebook.