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RoboMadi
04-06-2008, 12:47 AM
There hasn't been any discussion/prediction regarding 2008 Chairman's Award Winner; so I thought I'll start one.
So who do you think will take the crown this year and be the one to enter Hall of Fame?
This year is full of fresh Chairman's Award Winners, while at the same time there are some veterans coming back to the arena. Any underdogs? Possible. Some of the first timers have a strong submission and have won over strong teams. For Example, 1086 won at NASA/VCU (I'm mentioning them because I know more about the regional and how competitive it was for Chairman's Award).
On the other hand, we have some strong veterans coming back (842, 236, 234, 1108, 159, 341).

Here's my prediction:

In past years, teams with one time Regional Chairman's Award has taken away the crown, while at the same time teams with several Regional Chairman's Awards. I think it depends solely on the quality instead of quantity. Bottom line: Team that stands different in its own way and have impacted their community the most, while getting recognized with awards and media at the same time.
My picks for this year are Team 842 (their submission speaks it all), 236 (6th Regional Chairman's Award Winner), 234 (they probably have 3+ trophy cases by now), 341 (Probably one of the most hardworking AND deserving team I know), 1114 (Celebrity Robot, Celebrity Team, and Numerous Awards, you can do the math), and 340 (Strong team with strong submission).
And if you ask me to pick one, I'm gonna tie it between 236 and 842.

Here's a little math to help you guys out.

Six RCAs Winners: 236
Five RCAs Winners: None
Four RCAs Winner: 842, 234, 1108, 159, 341
Three RCAs Winner: 71, 340, 812, 612, 27
Two RCAs Winner: 604, 399, 476, 1114, 359, 1398, 126
First RCA Winners: 1676, 1318, 932, 1429, 1086, 768, 1523, 291, 1714, 1860, 488, 692, 226, 1577, 364, 839, 68, 1547, 987, 1816, 329, 116

Please let me know if I missed out on anyone. (I'll add the NYC Chairman's Award Winner to this thread as soon as we know tomorrow. Yes, i just can't wait ;) )

Imad A.

RoboMadi
04-06-2008, 01:41 AM
Upon request from Chris Flultz (234)

History of Teams with Multiple RCA's win:

Six RCAs Winner:
236 - 2003 NH, 2004/2005/2006/2007/2008 CT

Four RCAs Winners:
842 - 2005/2006/2007/2008 AZ
234 - 2003 AZ, 2004 IL, 2007 IN, 2008 BO
1108 - 2004/2008 TX, 2005 IN, 2006 WI
159 - 2002 WA, 2006/2007/2008 CO
341 - 2003/2004/2008 PA, 2005 MD

Three RCAs Winners:
71 - 2006 MO, 2007/2008 IL
340 - 2005/2006/2008 ROC=Finger Lakes
812 - 2005/2006 CA, 2008 SDC
612 - 2006 MD, 2007 VA, 2008 OH
27 - 2004 GL, 2007 MI, 2008 DT

Two RCAs Winners:
604 - 2007/2008 ST
399 - 2007/2008 CA
476 - 2007 OK, 2008 KS
1114 - 2006/2008 WAT
359 - 2003 SJ, 2008 HI
398 - 2006/2008 SC
126 - 2007 MA, 2008 NH

Imad

PS please inform me regarding any errors

Andrew Schreiber
04-06-2008, 01:49 AM
RUSH is a Three Time RCA winner (2004 Ypsi)

My prediction, the ONE will be from the Midwest... course, I could be biased to my alma mater... I can say they have one amazing program. I'm not sure what the number is now but I know we used to be at 25% of our school was ON the team. Sadly I haven't been able to get a copy of their stuff this year to read and I'm curious as to all they've done.

Congrats to all the teams who won RCA and best of luck at the Championships.

Valley Raider
04-06-2008, 01:57 AM
Wow i never realized that there were teams that have one 4+ RCA's. I don't think that anyone can really predict a winner. The presentation counts for so much that it going to be really hard to pick a favorite.

s_forbes
04-06-2008, 02:04 AM
I'm rooting for Carl Hayden. The things they do are truely amazing and unique!

That said, I've never seen what the other teams have done, so I can't make a very good prediction on the winner. (but I can hope...)

Nuttyman54
04-06-2008, 08:20 AM
Team 126, Gael Force, is a two time RCA, having won it in Boston last year and Manchester this year.

smurfgirl
04-06-2008, 10:13 AM
Before I even read your post, I was thinking that the Techno Ticks make a strong candidate with their six regional wins- I'm glad to see you agree. I guess I have a bias since I know a lot about them since they're from my home state, but they do make themselves very visible. Six RCA's certainly says something about their team, and I think it's time for them to win a well-deserved National Chairman's Award.

OZ_341
04-06-2008, 11:12 AM
Well I can only refer to those programs that I have had direct contact with. I know for sure that 236, 612, 359, 1676, 768, 488, and 1816 all run awesome teams. Many of the others I have watched from afar and been in awe of what they do. (71, 27, ....)
All of these teams are truly changing the culture.

I just told my team....

"You are only in high school and you have built an incredible robot with your own hands. You have inspired your community and also yourselves to change the future. And more importantly you see now that changing the future is possible. You have already won!"

I am sure this can easily be said about every RCA team on the list.

Congratulations to all of the RCA winners and good luck at the Championships both on and off of the field!

Al Ostrow

AndyB
04-06-2008, 11:21 AM
1816 has a good shot at it this year. I think they have an even better chance next year after hearing about how many Minnesota teams there will be.

2 years ago - 2 teams
This year - 54 teams

DonRotolo
04-06-2008, 11:57 AM
I think it depends solely on the quality instead of quantity. Bottom line: Team that stands different in its own way and have impacted their community the most, while getting recognized with awards and media at the same time.

......
341 (Probably one of the most hardworking AND deserving team I know),
I completely agree on both points: It is not how many RCAs you've amassed, but the quality of your submission that year.

And 341 is even known in New Jersey.

RyanCesiel
04-06-2008, 12:27 PM
I think it's going to be RUSH, just a strong feeling.

Cartwright
04-06-2008, 03:08 PM
With the shear mass of teams that FIRST has now, and the growing number of strongly established teams, I think that certain things that teams do become less and less important. For instance, so many teams have started FRC, FLL and FTC teams, that that task does not look as unique. I think that the winner will not only have to be a team that has won a lot and has done a lot, but that team has to have done something really unique that has many/large effects. I look around different teams' websites and I see that many teams give demonstrations, start new teams, talk to community leaders, participate in charities, etc.; and all those things are good, but I think that the National winner will be a team that has purposefully done something huge, and so far I haven't heard anything that really is hugely impressive from any team. I don't know...does anyone have anything like that? It will be interesting to find out at Atlanta. Of course...maybe it will be a team that has simply amassed task upon task, doing a little at a time to build up an awesome resume. It certainly seems like several of the RCAs have impressive histories. There's a lot of competition this year.

deshirider430
04-06-2008, 03:12 PM
I wonder if Looking Forward has any thoughts on this topic

feliks_rosenber
04-06-2008, 03:33 PM
With the shear mass of teams that FIRST has now, and the growing number of strongly established teams, I think that certain things that teams do become less and less important. For instance, so many teams have started FRC, FLL and FTC teams, that that task does not look as unique. I think that the winner will not only have to be a team that has won a lot and has done a lot, but that team has to have done something really unique that has many/large effects. I look around different teams' websites and I see that many teams give demonstrations, start new teams, talk to community leaders, participate in charities, etc.; and all those things are good, but I think that the National winner will be a team that has purposefully done something huge, and so far I haven't heard anything that really is hugely impressive from any team. I don't know...does anyone have anything like that? It will be interesting to find out at Atlanta. Of course...maybe it will be a team that has simply amassed task upon task, doing a little at a time to build up an awesome resume. It certainly seems like several of the RCAs have impressive histories. There's a lot of competition this year.

Well team 2669 KY Bots has done many unique things.
We are a rookie team from Israel but we believe that we have managed to achieve many great things.

You can read the pdf file of the submission, it is attached to the post.



Unfortunately we will not be in Atlanta.
:(
We have won the Rookie Inspiration Award which does not grant participation according to the criteria..

But you are still welcome to read and get impression of our accomplishments.
:)

Pjohn1959
04-06-2008, 04:23 PM
With all that team 1108 has done with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and how that has been used to bring in 40 new teams to the FIRST community, they have a great chance to be the ONE. They also have a quality presentation. It s no wonder they have 4 RCA's.

Chris Fultz
04-06-2008, 07:00 PM
... but I think that the National winner will be a team that has purposefully done something huge, ... does anyone have anything like that? It will be interesting to find out at Atlanta.

I think that is part of the excitement. No one knows what all of the other teams have done and what their presentations will be like. It is always great to hear what teams have been up to and the creative ways of being FIRST.

Jonathan Norris
04-06-2008, 08:19 PM
My bets are on Team Hammond (team 71) winning it this year, you know what they say never bet against Beatty. Their presence in FIRST is unmistakably huge, and were the first truly dominant team in FIRST inspiring so many with their on the field, and off the field accomplishments. I am almost surprised they haven't won in yet and think its Hammond's turn this year.

Now thats not to say that every team on the list this year isn't deserving, I really don't know enough about half those teams to make a true educated guess. As much as I would like to see 1114 and all they do for FIRST in Canada get recognized, my guess is that FIRST hasn't reached the point where they will give the award to a 'relatively' young international team. Good luck to everyone, and I hope the chairmans interviews go well!

falconmaster
04-06-2008, 10:31 PM
It would really help this discussion if all the Chairman's Award winners would post their chairman's essay here or somewhere all in one place for everyone to review. Then people could make a better guess.....Does anybody have any Ideas on how this can be done. I personally would really like to see them all. It would be a kick!! We posted ours on CD the day it was due. Maybe teams can post there?

Mike Schreiber
04-06-2008, 11:28 PM
That is a good point and I'm sure everyone would love to see what everyone else has done, however, are you really going to read 410,000 characters...Good luck.

As everyone has said there's really no sure way to tell who'll take it because we can't see everyone's presentations before hand. I would love it if RUSH got it, but I know there's that team out there that no one in the FIRST community knows incredibly well, that does remarkable things. It'll be them :p

But of course my money is on a big name team...71, 234, 1114 (there's a ton more) Good luck to everyone, see you in Atlanta.

Cartwright
04-06-2008, 11:41 PM
It would really help this discussion if all the Chairman's Award winners would post their chairman's essay here or somewhere all in one place for everyone to review. Then people could make a better guess.....Does anybody have any Ideas on how this can be done. I personally would really like to see them all. It would be a kick!! We posted ours on CD the day it was due. Maybe teams can post there?

Yeah..I would think that would be cool too. But I also think there is something about the excitement that Chris talks about here that would be defeated if every team's presentation was open to the public.

I think that is part of the excitement. No one knows what all of the other teams have done and what their presentations will be like. It is always great to hear what teams have been up to and the creative ways of being FIRST.

Kyle379
04-07-2008, 12:18 AM
CIA is an amazing team. I like 291 for this year.

Kim Masi
04-07-2008, 01:02 AM
I think winning a Regional Chairman's Award 6 times at the same regional competition (5 years in a row, I believe, too!) says a lot about a team. And it's not like the Connecticut Regional doesn't have a lot of very strong, fantastic and old teams.

The technotics do a lot to support Engineers without borders, and FLL teams. They really reach out to the community-engineering and not. I think the chairman's award is becoming more about what teams are doing to reach out to the younger generations in FIRST, and I think 236 is a fine example of a team doing just that.

for more information, check out their blog/website thing at http://www.team236.org/

Another thing you may want to consider is the Championship Rookie All-Star award. (maybe another thread?) I know there's a great contender coming from Boston, team 2423 out of Watertown, MA :)

falconmaster
04-07-2008, 01:22 AM
That is a good point and I'm sure everyone would love to see what everyone else has done, however, are you really going to read 410,000 characters...Good luck.

As everyone has said there's really no sure way to tell who'll take it because we can't see everyone's presentations before hand. I would love it if RUSH got it, but I know there's that team out there that no one in the FIRST community knows incredibly well, that does remarkable things. It'll be them :p

But of course my money is on a big name team...71, 234, 1114 (there's a ton more) Good luck to everyone, see you in Atlanta.

I would read it....... and then I would be able to make a somewhat better guess than basing it on the teams I personally know. I would welcome the knowledge that I and my team could gain from fantastic teams. You still can't predict what the judges are going to do, there would still be the surprise. If any team wants to share, I'm all ears... or should I say eyes....410,000 characters!

ps How come FIRST does not post the Chairman's submissions for the regional winners. It would also be great for all teams to review to get them to follow the role model teams. Isn't that why they win Chairman's in the first place, because they are role models for others.

Mr MOE
04-07-2008, 08:23 AM
Whoever wins will be extremely deserving. Teams that don't win all have aspects which are also extremely deserving.

I know the Chairman's presentations will occur for all Regional CA winners on Friday. As you all are in the midst of practicing on Thursday, take an hour and drop on by the FIRST Robotics Conference session on the Chairman's Award. While there will be a segment on preparing your submission (many of you know very well how to do this), there will also be a really neat and unique panel with representatives from the past 5 Chairman's Award Championship teams. Come ask questions to key people involved with the Chairman's Award for teams 103-Cybersonics, 254-Cheesy Poofs, 67-HOT, 111-WildStang, and 365-MOE.

Best of luck to all Regional Chairman's Award winners in Atlanta!

lynca
04-07-2008, 10:13 AM
Who won honorable mention for Championship Chairman's Award in the last few years ?

fredliu168
04-07-2008, 10:15 AM
I think its gonna be 71 Hammond ftw.

Alan Anderson
04-07-2008, 10:20 AM
Who won honorable mention for Championship Chairman's Award in the last few years ?

I didn't hear an announcement of "honorable mention" for the Chairman's Award in the past couple of years.

Meredith Novak
04-07-2008, 10:21 AM
It would really help this discussion if all the Chairman's Award winners would post their chairman's essay here or somewhere all in one place for everyone to review. Then people could make a better guess.....Does anybody have any Ideas on how this can be done. I personally would really like to see them all. It would be a kick!! We posted ours on CD the day it was due. Maybe teams can post there?

Team 16 is collecting information from the 2008 RCA winners for our "Future Hall of Fame" display in our HOF booth. Please see thread here http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66451

If you are a 2008 RCA winner and have not yet submitted your information to us, you can send it to rcawinners@baxterbombsquad.com

All you speculators out there can come see the display and educate your guesses...we are enjoying a sneak peek;)

Priyadarshy
04-07-2008, 10:56 AM
There was honourable mention in 2006 but there wasn't one last year in 2007, as far as I can tell.

Joe Ross
04-07-2008, 12:39 PM
There was honourable mention in 2006 but there wasn't one last year in 2007, as far as I can tell.

Correct, there were no honorable mentions last year. Some people speculated the judges awards were used in place of the honorable mentions, though.

Of the teams that won chairmans award this year, 71 won a judges award last year. 842 won an honorable mention in 2006 (365 won both an honorable mention and the Engineering Inspiration award that year). In 2005, 341 was a honorable mention and 842 won Engineering inspiration

Sean Schuff
04-07-2008, 07:49 PM
My vote is for the TechnoKats. What?? They didn't win a RCA? Oh well, not that my vote counts but I'd vote for them anyway!

lynca
04-08-2008, 02:17 AM
Correct, there were no honorable mentions last year. Some people speculated the judges awards were used in place of the honorable mentions, though.

Of the teams that won chairmans award this year, 71 won a judges award last year. 842 won an honorable mention in 2006 (365 won both an honorable mention and the Engineering Inspiration award that year). In 2005, 341 was a honorable mention and 842 won Engineering inspiration

118 won honorable mention in 2005 along with 365 and 341 , but 1108 won chairman's at LSR so 118 is not in the race this year.

The Lucas
04-08-2008, 01:33 PM
In 2005, 341 was a honorable mention and 842 won Engineering inspiration

In 2004, 341 was also an honorable mention. This was the first year of honorable mentions and I believe 1002 was another of the 3.

OZ_341
04-08-2008, 01:43 PM
In 2004, 341 was also an honorable mention. This was the first year of honorable mentions and I believe 1002 was another of the 3.

If I remember correctly, 342 was the third CHM team during 2004.

lynca
04-09-2008, 10:06 AM
What makes a team choose one regional over another to submit?
This year's chairman's Award winners,

Six RCAs Winners: 236
Five RCAs Winners: None
Four RCAs Winner: 842, 234, 1108, 159, 341
Three RCAs Winner: 71, 340, 812, 612, 27
Two RCAs Winner: 604, 399, 476, 1114, 359, 1398, 126
First RCA Winners: 1676, 1318, 932, 1429, 1086, 768, 1523, 291, 1714, 1860, 488, 692, 226, 1577, 364, 839, 68, 1547, 987, 1816, 329, 116


The winners from out of state are,
1108 from Kansas won LSR (texas)
1429 from Texas won KC (kansas)
116 from Virginia won NYC
612 from Virginia won OH
126 from MA won NH
1318 from WA won OR
932 from OK won MO
364 from MS won LA

Lil' Lavery
04-09-2008, 12:38 PM
This year's chairman's Award winners,


The winners from out of state are,
1108 from Kansas won LSR (texas)
1429 from Texas won KC (kansas)
116 from Virginia won NYC
612 from Virginia won OH
126 from MA won NH
1318 from WA won OR
932 from OK won MO
364 from MS won LA

71 from Indiana won MWR (IL)

GaryVoshol
04-09-2008, 12:50 PM
71 from Indiana won MWR (IL)
While out of state, that's the closest regional to Hammond.

226 (Troy, MI) won West Michigan, which while in the state is further from them than either Detroit or Great Lakes.

I think we had this "What Is My Regional?" discussion last year, didn't we?

Priyadarshy
04-09-2008, 08:37 PM
Is any state represented by more Chairman's teams than Virginia, looks like they have at least three from a quick glance: (116,612,1086)

PizzmasterP27
04-09-2008, 09:20 PM
Is any state represented by more Chairman's teams that Virginia looks like they have at least three from a quick glance: (116,612,1086)

i know michigan has at least 3 also
(27, 68 and 226)

Joe Ross
04-09-2008, 09:48 PM
4 from California: 812, 399, 692, 604

Scott Carpman
04-09-2008, 10:11 PM
I'm hoping our friends on 359 will be the new Hall of Famers :D

waialua359
04-09-2008, 10:21 PM
I'm hoping our friends on 359 will be the new Hall of Famers :D

Scott,
Thanks. We will definitely be prepared. We actually havent entered every year and felt that developing certain areas of our program first was a priority before really trying for it this year.
Regardless of what happens, we are all winners with RCA's. I'm sure they are all equally excellent this year, no matter how many times each team has won it. Its about the impact that your program does currently.

Fri13br
04-11-2008, 03:19 PM
I'm not sure who it'll be, but 1086 will be there presenting, we've got our fingers crossed, and are working hard, but we'd like to wish every team there good luck! It's a great accomplishment for all to have been a regional chairman's winner.

DonRotolo
04-13-2008, 09:57 PM
Regardless of what happens, we are all winners with RCA's.
Indeed, and that is something of which 41 teams should be extraordinarily proud. While it would be really a thrill to be recognized at the Championship as well, you have to admit, Regional Chairman's Award is quite the honor in itself.

Just more proof that it's not about the robot.

Don


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Akash Rastogi
04-13-2008, 10:33 PM
I'm personally rooting for 1676 just because we know them personally and know what their programs are based off of and I am impressed with how much they picked up from teams in the area and took it to heart and implemented it in a truly pioneering way.

LET'S GO PASCACK!!:D

JYang
04-13-2008, 10:44 PM
does LookingForward have anything to say about this topic? :p

Barry Bonzack
04-14-2008, 02:50 AM
I would like to sing the praises of 476.

This is a team that has won an award every year they have competed since 2000, but this is the first year they have ever won the RCA even though they do an excellent submission every year.

They have been working hard over the past few years because they had a dream of having a regional in their own state of Oklahoma, Houston is quite a drive for them. They provided great assistance to me when I was trying to get a team off the ground, it took a couple of years but that team is now 2165 in Bartlesville Oklahoma. At the time, I believe it was only the 8th team to spring up in the state. This year, they made their dreams a reality. They were able to get the Oklahoma Legislature to pass $100,000 to start new FIRST teams. This made the FIRST community in Oklahoma explode! there were over 25 rookie teams this year, enough for Oklahoma to be able to have its own regional. Guess which team has been there the entire way to push this regional into a reality? 476.

What about those some 25+ rookie teams? How did they fair? well 476 hosted a satellite kickoff at Oklahoma State University. After all the teams had their kit of parts, they hosted a workshop so every team could go home with a working drivetrain on the first day of buildseason. There were no robots at the Oklahoma regional that sat in the corner the entire competition and did nothing.

Team 932 is also from Oklahoma, they won the Chairmans at the St. Louis Regional. I do not know anything from their story, but I don't want to leave them out completely. I'm sure they also have had their hand in this magic.


I am rooting hard for my friends over on 476, but I doubt that a 1st year chairmans award winner will go home with the clock. That being said, you'll be hardpressed to find a team that has done significantly more than the Wildcats of Ponca City.


I'm also rooting for 1676, simply because it would be fun to see Zara go absolutely nuts.

Graham Donaldson
04-14-2008, 11:10 AM
I'm also rooting for 1676, simply because it would be fun to see Zara go absolutely nuts.

Yeah, that's ALWAYS fun! :D

But on a more serious note, as much as I obviously would love to see us (1676) win, I get the feeling there will be teams in contention for NCA that deserve it much more than we do. But, good luck to everyone!

Three days until the madness begins!

Tetraman
04-14-2008, 11:20 AM
I'm rooting for 340 so FLR can have even more hall of fame teams.

But seeing any of the teams win is exciting to think about.

ngreen
04-14-2008, 10:57 PM
I would like to sing the praises of 476.

I agree about 476. They are one of the teams that helped mentor my team (1108) in our rookie year (I would also like to mention 938 from central heights, ks which mentored us that year also). Anyways, without Ponca City I don't think we would have won the National Rookie All-Star that year and be as successful as we have been since then (competing against them with our own RCA). We're very grateful for the support they gave us that first year.

On another note, I'm also rooting for 1108. Their accomplishments every year make me very proud to be on the founding team.

Tonya Scott 476
04-14-2008, 11:22 PM
Nelson & Barry are very kind with their support for team 476. We are very proud to say that we are competing for the National Chairman's Award with 2 teams that we have helped throughout the years.

It is true that we spent a lot of hours on the phone and other ways mentoring 1108 & 932. It is quite an honor to be part of other's success!

Can any other Chairman's team this year tell us if other Chairman's teams are teams they have mentored?

We also helped 24 rookie Oklahoma teams this year. So did 932.

It is wonderful to be a part of helping FIRST come to Oklahoma. We hope to have state funding in place to sponsor 20 2nd year teams, and 10 more rookies. That would take us to 44 teams next year (provided all 34 existing teams are sustained) in reality, we might lose a couple of teams. But most of our rookies were really pumped at the OKC regional. They are already planning for next year.

Barry--you are awesome--see you in Atlanta.

Team 476 is having a great year, and as of the OKC regional, we have earned 22 awards in 9 years. Our very first award, 2000 LS Leadership in Control Award was given to us by Astronaut David Brown, one of the astronauts that didn't return from Shuttle Columbia. It is very memorable to those of us who remember that day.

We are coming to Atlanta to have some serious fun, and meet lots of great people that also love FIRST. Focusing on the awards too much takes the fun out of it. There are 13 seniors on our team, and we are going to have a great time!

2008 Oklahoma City Regional Chairmanís Award Winner
2008 Oklahoma City Leadership in Control
2008 Kansas City KPC&B Entrepreneurship
2008 Kansas City UL Industrial Safety Award
2008 Kansas City Regional Champion
2007 Kansas City GM Industrial Design
2007 Kansas City UL Industrial Safety Award
2007 Houston Motorola Quality
2007 Houston Regional Champion
2007 Houston UL Industrial Safety Award
2006 Houston Engineering Inspiration Award
2006 Houston UL Industrial Safety Award
2005 Houston Judge's Award
2004 Houston Imagery
2003 St. Louis Imagery
2002 Houston Judge's Award
2002 St. Louis KPC&B Entrepreneurship
2001 National Imagery
2001 Houston Delphi "Driving Tomorrow's Technology"
2001 Houston Regional Champion
2000 National Rookie All-Star Award
2000 Houston Leadership in Control Award

Lil' Lavery
04-14-2008, 11:27 PM
Can any other Chairman's team this year tell us if other Chairman's teams are teams they have mentored?


116 helped start and mentor 612, who has won RCAs in 2006-08. 116 was also instrumental in the founding of all NASA base teams and the creation of the NASA grants, which have resulted in countless Chairman's winners (including HoF team 254).

Tonya Scott 476
04-14-2008, 11:29 PM
Lucien Junkin from team 118 (Robonauts) is the one that long-distance mentored us in 2000 from Houston.

65_Xero_Huskie
04-15-2008, 12:13 AM
Im gonna have to put my money on 27, or 71.
Just a feeling.

The Lucas
04-15-2008, 11:34 AM
Using Sean Lavery's division spreadsheet and Imad numbers for total RCA wins, I broke the Chairman's candidates down by division. Each Division is listed by number of RCA winners (Chairman's candidates) and Total RCA (for those candidates)

Division RCA winners Total RCA
Archimedes 10 24
Curie 5 9
Galileo 13 22
Newton 12 22

Galileo has the most (13) Chairman's candidates (it is stacked with more than just Regional Champions). However, Archimedes has 24 total RCA over the history of their 10 Chairman's candidates, which I think indicates it has more "favorites". Still, only one team can win it and the judges don't look at division. Good luck to all!

ngreen
04-15-2008, 11:11 PM
Division RCA winners Total RCA
Archimedes 10 24
Curie 5 9
Galileo 13 22
Newton 12 22


If you look at archimedes you will notice that they have 236, a six time RCA winner in the division, congrats. There are 0 five time winners and 5 four time winners.

So basically everything is even between archimedes, newton, and galileo, with the exception being 236. Some reason curie just is short in RCA winners.

The Lucas
04-16-2008, 01:47 AM
If you look at archimedes you will notice that they have 236, a six time RCA winner in the division, congrats. There are 0 five time winners and 5 four time winners.

Even if you take 236 out, Archimedes still has 842 (4), 27 (3), 71 (3), 476 (2), 1398 (2) etc.. totaling 9 winners with 18 total RCA. That is an average of 2 per winner and still higher than any of the other division averages (Newton is next with 1.83). Archimedes really has some major contenders, which is why I think they have the edge in the odds.

But again it is wide open (no honorable mentions last year), the judges probably don't even notice division. You cant count a Curie of 340 (3), 126 (2), 604 (2), 768 (1) and 1860 (1), simply because the numbers are against Curie (it is just less probable for the whole division not any particular team).

Personally, I have plenty of rooting interests (at least 1 in each division) from teams I have met through the years (aka regional bias). Most of them are not in Archimedes, but I still think Archi has the best odds.

DCA Fan
04-16-2008, 04:47 AM
Going strictly off of the fact that the trend in national Chairman's seems to be awarding older teams to encourage rookies to keep up the hard work, my guess would be a team that is under team #400. I'm rooting for 399, but I'm biased because I'm a West Coaster...any team that wins national Chairmans is without a doubt, worthy of the recognition.

bcieslak
04-17-2008, 05:10 PM
I would keep my eye on 1714 out of Milwaukee...Very strong in the community.

rsilverstein
04-19-2008, 04:48 PM
The most congratulations to Team 842. Great team. Great program.

Hiteak
04-19-2008, 04:50 PM
Congrats to Team 842!

Tim Delles
04-19-2008, 04:51 PM
Congrats 842. You have really done a lot not just for your community but for all of FIRST!

CarterM
04-19-2008, 04:52 PM
Congratulations to team 842!

OZ_341
04-20-2008, 04:26 PM
The judges could not have made a better choice for 2008.

Congratulations Team 842.

I don't know your team personally but everything I have learned about your program and what was announced in your awards speech speaks volumes.
You are truly a shining example to others. Keep up the great work and enjoy the recognition. It is well deserved!

Best wishes from Team 341, Miss Daisy

gibbyrawr
04-21-2008, 11:50 AM
Congrats 842! Truly a well deserved team, from what I heard at the award ceremony =). Met a few of you at the karaoke booth in line, you seem very nice. I was hoping to find your website, but can't seem to. Anyone know how I can get in contact with team 842?

I'd greatly appreciate a reply.


once again Congrats on winning chairman's award 2008 at the national level

Vikesrock
04-21-2008, 09:39 PM
Congrats 842! Truly a well deserved team, from what I heard at the award ceremony =). Met a few of you at the karaoke booth in line, you seem very nice. I was hoping to find your website, but can't seem to. Anyone know how I can get in contact with team 842?

I'd greatly appreciate a reply.


once again Congrats on winning chairman's award 2008 at the national level

http://www.phxhs.k12.az.us/education/club/club.php?sectiondetailid=27681
There is a contact form on their website there or you could PM CD user "falconmaster"