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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 2 Innovation in Control Award 4
Finalist 5 Judge’s Award 1
Gracious Professionalism® 1 Quality Award 2
Imagery Award 1  Winner 3
Industrial Design Award 6

Creativity Award

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


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.

Gracious Professionalism® Award

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

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.

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.


Celebrates the Alliance that wins the competition.

Other Awards available from FIRST

Autonomous Award, Digital Animation Award, Engineering Inspiration Award, Entrepreneurship Award, Excellence in Engineering Award, Founders Award, Highest Rookie Seed Award, Impact Award (formerly the Chairman’s Award), Industrial Safety Award, Rookie All-Star Award, Rookie Inspiration Award, Safety Award, Safety Animation Award, Team Spirit Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

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