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Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

My mom and I were talking, and I said something to the effect of "The teams that normally win the chairman's have robots that do well" meaning that having good robots gets them noticed and that's why they can win the chairmans above other teams that the judges hadn't heard of.

My mom replied to that with something along the lines of "The teams win chairmans awards because the have built the infrastructure needed to build good robots"

So which one is it, anyone have any thoughts?
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

I believe that it's #2. Anyone can build a good robot, but if a team has an infrastructure that is successful enough to support themselves and other teams, and the community around them, I believe it leads to them having the ability to construct a good robot.

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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

The chairmans award is not about the robot. FIRST looks at your overall team when evaluating you for this award. If your team has that strong infrastructure, then you will usually have a good bot.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

I can definitely see both sides of it but personally I'll lean towards the infrastructure. With good infrastructure not only can you build good robots but you also have the infrastructure to do a good chairmans award.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

That is an interesting question which I doubt has a solid answer. I believe that it could happen both ways. I believe that some teams probably just work well as a team and do many things together that goes into chairman's so when it comes time to build the robot, they work effectively and effiently as a team. Although some teams may win by being noticed with a good robot. I don't think I have the experience or background to say which happens more, but I do believe that either is very possible for any winning team.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

I honestly think that they are technically mutually exclusive, but historically are coorelated.

Good robots can theoretically come out of any team situation, whether good or bad...I've personally seen it happen both ways; and an infrastructurically sound team could totally miss the mark one year and build a robot that may be cool, but really doesn't cut it in competition.

I think the historical coorelation stands because judges like to see the Chairman's as a package deal: along with building a great robot team X also built a great organization (that has 6 hundred FLL teams, hosts three off season comps, cures Cancer, and makes a swell Reuben ). Though, I dont think that because team X has a good robot they are looked at more by the judges...I think the submission comes first, but a solid robot definitely adds to the score later on.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

Eggs?! Mmmmmmmmm......... liquid chickens!

you gotta have a sound team to create a winning machine.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

Personally, I don't think the Chairman's Award has anything to do with the robot.

Q: What are u supposed to convey when you apply for the Chairmans Award?

A: Your contribution to the awareness of FIRST in the community. By going out and doing exhibitions, getting robotics threaded into your school. Just do your part in spreading this amzing phenomenom know as FIRST. Mentoring Lego League teams, training for the high school robotics teams.

Also I believe a big part of the Chairmans Award is your team conveying this little thing known as Gracious Professionalism, which I am certain everyone in FIRST has heard of. Helping other teams when they have problems, mentoring, offering a place for them to practice, helping them fundraise, help them with problems they might be having with their school, etc.

Whether or not you end up with a good robot does not decifer whether or not you win the Chairmans award, the actual competition and the award are two completely different things.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

Well, we've never won a regional before in 13 years of existence but we have won the Chairman's award twice. So to get the award is more about how good are you at executing the virtues of FIRST not how well your robot runs in competition.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

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I honestly think that they are technically mutually exclusive, but historically are coorelated.
Having just won Chairman's at St. Louis, I believe robot and infrastructure are separated fairly well. Our robot this year is not as great as our team. Our team won the award. As one of the judges told our students, "...not all awards are won by robots".
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

A solid robot does not = regional win. With alliances, a great robot may be overlooked, or can be knocked out by a better pairing of teams.

This is also my reasoning for the technical awards....because things happen, awesome robots don't always win regionals because of other reasons, but are still awesome robots in their own right.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

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Well, we've never won a regional before in 13 years of existence but we have won the Chairman's award twice. So to get the award is more about how good are you at executing the virtues of FIRST not how well your robot runs in competition.
That's my opinion.

Our 2001 national robot didn't have a chairman worthy team behind it at all.

South High rookies last year won SCRRF Practice competition - in their first year.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

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As one of the judges told our students, "...not all awards are won by robots".
*BIG GRIN*

At Phoenix Regional emcee saw team member Breanne outside painting our team's Gracious Professionalism trophy most of the day, and was so impressed realizing "this is so much more than about building robots" that he invited reps from our team to give the award out in the opening ceremonies on Saturday. That emcee gets it.
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*BIG GRIN*

At Phoenix Regional emcee saw team member Breanne outside painting our team's Gracious Professionalism trophy most of the day, and was so impressed realizing "this is so much more than about building robots" that he invited reps from our team to give the award out in the opening ceremonies on Saturday. That emcee gets it.
Now if only this could be put at the forefront of the competitions so when a media outlet actually bothers to show up and do a story about FIRST they are not just talking about the robots only and thus FIRSt would be cast in a light as something more than just a smart battlebots competition.
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Re: Chicken or the Egg (chairman's award)

The Chairman's Award has nothing really to do with the robot. I mean when we won it in 2001 our robot was not all that good, but you do need a very goog infrastructure to get The Award.
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