During the course of the competition, the judging panel may encounter a Team whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition, yet doesn’t fit into any of the existing award categories. To recognize these unique Teams, FIRST offers a customizable Judges Award. The judging panel may select a Team to be honored, as well as the name of the Judges’ Award. The Judges Award recognizes a Team for their outstanding efforts.
Control Award, Sponsored by Arm, Inc.
The Control Award celebrates a Team that uses sensors and software to increase the Robot’s functionality in the field. This award is given to the Team that demonstrates innovative thinking to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, improving mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results. The control component should work consistently in the Field. The Team’s engineering portfolio must contain a summary of the software, sensors, and mechanical control, but would not include copies of the code itself.
Control Award Nomination Form Submission Process
Control Awards Self Nomination Forms will be accepted on tournament date, and are due at team check-in by 8:00am. The Nomination form is located in Game Manual Part 1.
Compass Award - due by 8:00pm the Friday before event day
The Compass Award recognizes an adult Coach or Mentor who has provided outstanding guidance and support for a Team throughout the year, and demonstrates to the Team what it means to be a Gracious Professional. The winner of the Compass Award will be determined from candidates nominated by FIRST Tech Challenge Team members, via a 40-60 second video submission, highlighting how their Mentor has helped them become an inspirational Team. We want to hear what sets the Mentor apart.
Promote Award - due by 8:00pm the Friday before event day
The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. Teams must submit a one minute long public service announcement (PSA) video based on the PSA subject for the season. Teams may win the Promote Award only once at a Championship level event and only once at a qualifying level event.
Promote and Compass Award Submission Form (NC teams only)
In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding FIRST Tech Challenge students, the Kamen family sponsors an Award for selected top students known as the FIRST Dean’s List. Since its introduction in 2010, the FIRST Dean’s List Award has attracted the attention of prestigious colleges and universities who desire to recruit FIRST Dean’s List students.
Dean's List Nominations & Interviews
This season, the timeline related to Dean's List Nominations and Interviews will not be tied to the tournament schedule. Please note the following information below regarding Dean's List submissions for the 2022-2023 season.
Nomination Submission Deadline: January 15, 2024 -