FIRST Tech Challenge Awards

FTC Awards

FIRST Tech Challenge is more than a Robot competition; in addition to Robot matches, Teams are also eligible to win Judged Awards. Choosing Award winners is a difficult task and Judges take the responsibility very seriously.

Below is a brief introduction to each of the FIRST Tech Challenge Judged Awards. You can also read more about the FIRST Tech Challenge Awards and their specific criteria in the FTC Mentor Guide.

Award Name Award Decription
FIRST Dean's List In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen family sponsors awards for selected 10th or 11th grade students called the FIRST Dean's List Award. The students who earn FIRST Dean’s List status as either a Semi-finalist, Finalist or Winner, will not only be great examples of current student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, but it is the goal of FIRST that all Dean’s List Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners will continue on, post award, as great leaders of the ever growing FIRST student alumni. To read more, check out the FIRST Tech Challenge Dean's List Awards page.

FIRST Future Innovator Award The FIRST Future Innovator Award (FFIA) recognizes creativity in effectively solving a real-world, complex problem through the invention of a unique solution beyond the requirements of the FIRST competition season. Sponsored by the Abbott Fund, this award directly links to the FIRST mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and to the FIRST vision to transform culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated. The submission deadline is October 30, 2015.
Inspire Award

The Inspire Award is given to the Team that the Judges felt truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. This Team serves as an inspiration to what this program, and the young minds involved, can accomplish. The Team that receives this Award has performed well in all Judging categories and was chosen by the Judges as a model FIRST Tech Challenge Team. The Judges use Match performance, observations made during interviews and in the pit area, the Team’s Engineering Notebook, and performance on the playing field in determining the winner. See all the Inspire Award winners on the FTC Hall of Fame.

Think Award

The Think Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel best understands the role of the engineering notebook in the design process. The Engineering Notebook is the key reference for Judges to help them identify the most deserving Team. This Team’s Engineering Notebook focuses on the design and build stages of the Team’s robot and exemplifies their journey as a team and engineers.

Connect Award

The Connect Award is presented to the Team that the Judges feel most connectes with their local community and the engineering community. The best Team is more than the sum of its parts, and recognizes that their schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this Award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the Team itself. In addition, the Team that wins this Award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology.

Rockwell Collins Innovate Award

The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a Team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel has the most Innovative and Creative Robot design solution to the FIRST Tech Challenge to any or all specific field elements or components. Elements of this Award include elegant design, robustness and ‘out of the box’ thinking with regard to design. This Award may address the design of the whole robot or some sub-assembly component attached to the robot. The creative component needs to work consistently, but a robot does not have to work all of the time during Matches to be considered for this Award. The Team’s Engineering Notebook shows the design of the component(s) and the Team’s robot, and succinctly describes how the Team arrived at that solution.

PTC Design Award

The intent of the PTC Design Award is to expand the challenge, inspiring Teams to incorporate industrial design into their robots. These elements can be shown in the simplicity of the design as it applies to the tasks, the look and feel of the robot, and how the design allows us to think of robots in new ways. The Design aspect must serve a function – but they should also differentiate the robot in a unique fashion – not an easy task with a limited set of parts and game challenge.

Motivate Award

This Judged Award celebrates the Team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through Team building, Team spirit and exhibited enthusiasm. This Team celebrates their Team, their individuality and their spirit through Team attire, and exhibits their outstanding Team spirit. This Teams enthusiasm and spirit motivates others to embrace the culture of the competition and FIRST. The Team has also made a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community.

Control Award

The Control Award is given to the Team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve Game challenges such as Autonomous Operation, enhancing mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the Field. Teams must submit a completed Control Award Content Sheet with their Engineering Notebook in order to be considered for this award.

Promote (OPTIONAL)

The Promote Award is given to the Team that is most successful in creating a compelling message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. The FTC Public Service Announcement Video is evaluated by the Judges to determine the winner of this Award. Teams must present a thoughtful and high-quality video which appeals to the general public. The 2014-2015 CASCADE EFFECT topic is: "Why I choose FIRST..."

Compass (OPTIONAL)

The Compass Award recognizes an adult Coach or Mentor who provided outstanding guidance and support for an FTC Team throughout the year. The winner of the Compass Award is determined from candidates nominated by FTC Team members, via a 40-60 second video submission, highlighting how their Mentor has helped them become an outstanding Team.

Judges Award (OPTIONAL)

The Judges Award is given at the discretion of the Judges to a Team they have encountered whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition, yet the Team does not fit into any of the existing Award categories.