Award Info

Chairman's Award

The Regional Chairman's Award goes to a team that effectively communicates the goals and ideas of FIRST through their actions, as well as serves as a good example for other teams. The team also encourages the recognition of science and technology. Regional Chairman's award winners qualify to compete at Championships with their robot as well as compete for the Chairman's Award at Championships. View the Chairman's Award Resources for Teams.

Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

This award, according to FIRST, "celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play". It is given at both regionals and the Championship.

Engineering Inspiration Award

This award is given to a team that encourages the respect and appreciation of engineering and science within their community. Winning this award at a regional qualifies a team to compete at Championships. This award can be won on both the regional and championship level.

Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

This award is given to a team with an innovative business plan. This plan is used to set and achieve team goals and has the framework of a business set-up. This award is given at both the regional and Championship level.

Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

This award, which is presented at both regionals and the Championship, is given to a team for an innovative robot feature.

Finalist

Celebrates the Alliance that makes it to the final match of the competition.

FIRST Dean’s List Award

The Dean's List Finalist Award goes to a student at a regional event who embodies the spirit and ideals of FIRST. According to FIRST, "This award celebrates a student's outstanding leadership and effectiveness in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as their community". The Finalist Award Winner will compete for the Dean's List Award at Championships.

FIRST Future Innovator Award sponsored by the Abbott Fund

Celebrates innovation and intellectual property creation inspired by the FIRST season experience.

Founder’s Award

The Founders Award, which is only given out at the Championship, is given to a person or organization for encouraging and helping to advance the mission and ideals of FIRST.

Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

This award is given to a team that demonstrates sportsmanship and gracious professionalism both on and off the field. This is given to teams at the regionals and the Championships.

Highest Rookie Seed Award

This award is given to the highest seeded rookie team at the end of qualifying rounds at both regionals and Championships.

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

In honor of Jack Kamen, Dean’s father, for his dedication to art and illustration and his devotion to FIRST. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.

Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors

This award goes to a team that has a well-designed machine that can achieve game challenges very well. It is given at regionals and the Championship.

Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories

This award is given to a team that is innovative in the way they make their environment safe. This award is presented at regionals and at Championship.

Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical, or software – to provide unique machine functions.

Judges’ Award

During the course of the competition, the judging panel may decide a team’s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition.

Media & Technology Innovation Award sponsored by Comcast

Recognizes the team that develops and implements the most outstanding digital experience, marketing strategy, and rationale for digital channels to disseminate content to its audience and further the FIRST mission.

Quality Award sponsored by Motorola

This award, which is given at regionals and the Championship, is given to a team for their well-manufactured design and well thought out concept.

Rookie All-Star Award

This award, which is presented at both regionals and the Championship, is given to a team that implements the FIRST mission and values into their team, even though they are a rookie team. This team also inspires their community to get involved in engineering and technology. Teams receiving this award at regionals qualify to compete at Championships.

Rookie Inspiration 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.

Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL

Recognizes the team that submits a short animated film that best promotes the current season’s team safety focus.

Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler

This award goes to a team that is enthusiastic and demonstrates team spirit throughout the competition. This team works well with other teams and stays upbeat. This award is presented at regionals and the Championship.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Presented to an individual, business, or organization that consistently excels in their efforts, with proven results in the areas of Impact, Leadership, Personal Commitment, Community, and Historical Contributions.

Winner

Celebrates the Alliance that wins the competition.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

Is presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills.