Teams spend a significant amount of time designing, building, programming their robot, and learning what it takes to be part of a team. For many teams, competitions are the reward for all their hard work throughout the season. However, FIRST Tech Challenge is more than a robot competition; in addition to robot matches, teams are also eligible to win judged awards. Choosing award winners is a difficult task and judges take the responsibility very seriously. The judged awards represent a positive way to recognize teams who embody important values like Gracious Professionalism™, teamwork, creativity, innovation, and the value of the engineering design process.

Below is a List of Awards.  Specific criteria is outlined in the Game Manual Part I.  Click HERE for awards descriptions.

FIRST Dean’s List
Inspire Award
Think Award
Connect Award
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
PTC Design Award
Motivate Award
Control Award
Promote Award (optional)
Compass Award (optional)
Judges Award (optional)

Promote Award –  This 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“This is how I plan to pay FIRST forward…”.  Submit your entry for this award category here.

Compass Award –  This 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.  Submit your a one-minute long video highlighting how your mentor here.