Polykleitos (polykleitos) wrote in bhrobotics,

BUSINESS AND WRITING: 1/17/2005 - Chairman's Award Overview

Purpose of Chairman's - lifted from the rules: The FIRST Robotics Competition is about much more than the mechanics of building a robot or winning a competitive event. It is about the impact FIRST has on those who participate in the program and the impact of FIRST on the community at large. The FIRST mission is to change the way America’s young people regard science and technology and to inspire an appreciation for the real-life rewards and career opportunities in these fields.

Restrictions: Limited to 4 pages, 1 Mb of memory, 10,000 characters (150 words), up to 4 photographs

Deadline: Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 12:01 a.m.

Questions the submission should answer: The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have created the best partnership effort among team participants and which best exemplified the true meaning of FIRST through measurable impact on its participants, school, and community at large. There is no single “best way” for a team to win the Chairman’s Award. Many factors come into play. The primary factors the judges will evaluate are:

1. How strongly does the submission document the impact FIRST has on the learning experience of the students, school curriculum, engineers, and/or community?

2. Has the team explained/demonstrated why/how it should be a role model for other FIRST teams to emulate?

3. How well has the team communicated its excitement and impact within the entire school, community, and beyond (state/nation) through participation in FIRST?

4. Has the team documented an innovative way to spread the FIRST message?

5. How strong of a year-round team partnership effort is reflected? (You can define partnership in many ways, including: the partnership among the team’s students/corporate sponsor/engineers; school/university sponsor/engineers; students/adults; community/team)

6. As a whole, does the content of the documentation exemplify the true meaning of FIRST?


Theme: "Building A Foundation" - Our emphasis is on the fact that we're a rookie team, building a foundation for future years, making important contacts, setting up the different groups, a system of doing things, etc. Most importantly, because this award is about impact on community and people, we have to emphasize the beginning of partnerships that we've made, as well as future partnerships we would like to have.

Graphics: Ties into the theme - a small border to unify the page - possibly planks of wood. We could use something similar to this: http://www.ericas.com/fabric/92730.jpg - only individual strips... (it makes sense and looks good in my mind...) Possibly a house frame. Etc.

Pictures: (We won't be using all of these, but they are our options...)
- One full team picture, posed, maybe with t-shirts. We don't have this yet.
- Two or three pictures of the process - one in Week 1, one in Week 3, one in Week 5
- One of community outreach - maybe of showing the edubot at the middle schools
- Maybe one of the fundraiser, or some other event
- Possibly another graphic related to media - of the KBEV graphics for instance
- Headshots of the student, parent, mentor who are writing blurbs

Page 1: "Drawing up plans" - general team information / getting started / Sponsorship information
Page 2: "Taking measurements" - will include five days from "MORTORQ's DIARY" / Parents / The LJ Comm, reaching out to other teams, being sponsored
Page 3: "??" Something about reaching out - parents, media, etc will be here - Media is huge / KBEV, various articles, press releases, etc. / Community involvement - Lego League, etc. - other resources we will make available online / Fundraising
Page 4: "??" Something about planning for the future? - a section on goals / information about new science and technology center / Blurbs from a parent, a student, and a mentor (this will show the impact on individual people)

We're looking at Team 254's submission for ideas: http://team254.bcp.org/Team254ChairmanSubmission.doc - they won the National Chairman's Award, I believe.

Suggestions and ideas welcome. This will be updated as more of the writing is done.

For reference: Thread on first_robotics regarding the Chairman's Award, here.
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