2013-2014 RI FIRST Tech Challenge Awards

New England Institute of Technology

February 8, 2014

 

Inspire Award

This formally judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a ‘role-model‘ FTC Team. This team is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this team will have demonstrated success in accomplishing the task of creating a working and competitive robot.

Three teams considered:

1. 121-Aquidneck Island Robotics,
2. 6217-The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)     
3. 5030-Ladybots Mt Hope HS
Winner 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)

 

Team 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster) as the Inspire winner and  5030 Ladybots  from Mt Hope HS as Inspire winner 2nd place will advance from the RI  FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship Tournament to one of four Super-Regional Championship Tournaments before advancing to the FTC World Championship. The East Super-Regional will be held April 3-5, 2014 at the York Expo Center in historic York, Pennsylvania.

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 judged award is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to any or all specific field elements or components in the FTC game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. This award may address the design of the whole robot, or of a sub-assembly attached to the robot. The creative component must work consistently, but a robot does not have to work all the time during matches to be considered for this award. The team’s Engineering Notebook should be marked with journal entries to show the design of the component(s) and the team’s robot in order to be eligible for this award, and entries should describe succinctly how the team arrived at that solution.

 

Three teams considered:

1.  121 Aquidneck Island Robotics,
2.149 Hendricken HS,
3. 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI
Winner 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics

 

PTC Design Award

This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. All successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The winning design should not compromise the practical operation of the robots but complement its purpose. This award is sponsored by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), developers of the CAD tools, Creo and Mathcad. PTC gives licenses to the FTC student teams for these software products to help them with their designs. Use of these tools is not required to be eligible; however, teams that use them in their design are given extra consideration for this award.

 

Three teams considered :
1. 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI,
2. 5468 Knox Home Robotics (Scituate, Foster),
3. 5030 Ladybots Mt Hope HS
Winner   154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI

 

Connect Award

This judged award is given to the team that most connected with their local community and the engineering community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts, and recognizes that its schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FTC, and the team itself. The team that wins this award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. In addition, this team has a clear Business or Strategic Plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.

Three teams considered:  
1. 5468 Knox Home Robotics,
2. 652-Underdogs Mt. Hope HS,            
3. 5030 Ladybots Mt. Hope HS
Winner :5468 Knox Home Robotics (Foster)

 

Motivate Award

This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team building, team spirit and enthusiasm. They celebrate their team, their individuality and their spirit through costumes and fun outfits, a team cheer and their outstanding spirit. This team has also made a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community.

 

Three teams considered:

1. 652 Underdogs Mt. Hope HS,
2. 4578 North Providence HS Tech Club,   
3. 6217 The Fellowship ( Scituate, Foster)
Winner: 652 Underdogs Mt. Hope HS

 

 

Think Award

This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering section of the notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering notebook should focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest to judges for this award will include those describing the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, re-designs, successes, and those ‘interesting moments’ when things weren’t going as planned.

A team is not a candidate for this award if they have not completed the Engineering section of the Engineering Notebook.

Three teams considered:
1. 3901 Wm. Davies Career and Tech HS,                                                        
2. 5468 Knox Home Robotics (Foster),   
3. 7046 Slater Jr. High School (Pawtucket)
Winner:  _7046 Slater Jr. High School  (Pawtucket)

Promote Award

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 considered:
1. 6217 The Fellowship,
2. 657 Providence Career and Tech Academy   
Winner: 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)

 

Compass Award

An FTC team is about more than building robots, and competing at tournaments, it is a journey to a destination through trial and error, success and failure, with challenging new technology and obstacles to navigate where no road maps are provided. How does a team find their way?

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

champion team. We want to hear what sets the Mentor apart.

 

Three Teams considered:  
1. 121 Aquidneck Island  Robotics,  
2. 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster),
Winner: 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics