FRC Blogged - FMS White Paper, The New Media Award, and District Dates

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 13:31

Hello Teams,

As promised in the Einstein Investigation Report, FRC Engineering has created a white paper to help you understand how the Field Management System (FMS) works.  You can download the document here.

Also, what do Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and iPhones have in common?  Each was invented after the Website Award – recognizing excellence in student designed, built, and managed team websites – was introduced by FRC.  The ways to create and deliver content have grown exponentially over the last ten years, so it’s time to evolve the FRC Website Award.  To continue to challenge FRC students, the Website Award has morphed into the New Media Award.

The FRC New Media Award will recognize a team’s creative use of digital media and devices to create and distribute content that is used to promote the team’s profile, achievements, and outreach, along with the FIRST mission.  We are working feverishly to ready the New Media Award for the 2013 season.  Continue to tune in to the FRC Blog – we’ll keep you posted as the New Media Award takes shape.

And, keep working on your team sites.  Websites will still count toward the New Media Award as they are a part of digital media – even though now you have many additional ways to create and spread the word about FIRST and your team.  In any case, I’m sure you aren’t working on your websites ‘just’ to win an award!    Awards are a wonderful way to recognize a job well done, but if you think about it, letting people know about your team and getting people excited about science and technology is where the real value is. 

Finally, for folks participating in the District structure only (MAR and Michigan teams), the registration dates for district events are a little different this year: 

  • 9/27/2012 District Initial Event Registration opens.  District teams may only register for one district event during Initial Event Registration.  This will allow more district teams to get into their first choice district event before slots are filled by teams choosing their second event.   
  • 10/11/12 District Second Event Registration opens.  District teams may choose their second district event.  Just like last year, district teams may not register for a regional event until they have registered for their two district events. 
  • 10/25/12 Regional Second Event registration opens.

I’ll blog again soon.


I have a few questions about the details of 'New Media Award' that may be answered in coming information. The Website Award was graded off of a rubric, will the New Media Award use that as well? How much of the Media Award will be focused on the website? Would this be removing the system of Website Excellence Awards or replacing it with something similar? Other than a team website and social media links, how will a team prove its media connections? Would a small paragraph write-up be included (like one is for the animation award)?

Hi Rachel. Unfortunately, we don't have these details yet. I'll keep everyone updated as we make progress. It's fair to say, though, that this award will focus on much more than just websites. Teams who wish to compete for this award should be thinking about their media presence broadly.

Is there still no update on the award specifications? If not, is there a projected time in which they will be released?

Does anybody have any idea when the submission cut off date is for the award?

أنا أحب المعلومات القيمة التي تقدمها على وسوف المرجعية بلوق والاختيار هنا مرة أخرى بشكل منتظم. أنا متأكد من أنني سوف تتعلم الكثير من الاشياء الجديدة هنا! حظا سعيدا لالقادم!

Just wondering about the submission dates so far it says only nationals on the submission time. The Usual submission is at a regional.... will that apply here or will it only be a thing at Nationals????? (Championship)

I have yet to find the deadline to submit for this. The manual states to be updated.

Hi Mr. Nola, we're still developing this award deadline but will post information as soon as it's available. Thanks for following up!

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