January 14, 2016


This page contains a description of all the awards that can be won, including which awards we have won.


FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) offers many awards each year. Below is a list of the awards available and a brief description of each award. More information can be found on the FIRST website’s awards page.

Our Awards at a Glance

Creativity Award 1 Innovation in Control Award 3
Finalist 5 Judge’s Award 1
Gracious Professionalism® 1 Quality Award 1
Imagery Award 1  Winner 3
Industrial Design Award 5

Autonomous Award

Celebrates the team that has demonstrated consistent, reliable high performance during match autonomous periods. Evaluation is based on the robot’s ability to sense its surroundings, position itself within the field, and plan and execute tasks.

Chairman’s Award

The most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

Creativity Award

Celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play.

Digital Animation Award

This award celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Engineering Inspiration Award

Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.

Entrepreneurship Award

Celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives.

Excellence in Engineering Award

Celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature.


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


FIRST Dean’s List Award

Celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.



Founder’s Award

Recognizes the organization or individual that has contributed significantly to the growth of FIRST.

Gracious Professionalism® Award

Celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism® working together both on and off the playing field.

Highest Rookie Seed Award

Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.

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

Celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.

Industrial Safety Award

Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. 

Innovation in Control Award

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.


Quality Award

Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication.

Rookie All-Star Award

Celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.

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 Award

Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. 

Safety Animation Award

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

Team Spirit Award

Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST.

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.


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.

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