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Ravi U
09-29-2003, 03:38 PM
I'm not new to robotics, although I'm new to the Chairman's Award. I'm curious about what the objective of this award is along with stuff like how long it takes, how big is the effort here, how many people do I need to recruit, what are the different presentation styles, and examples of previous winners of the award, and anything else I should be aware of. Any tips from experienced people would be great. Any input about the Chairman's Award will be greatly appreciated. Thanx~!

Erin Rapacki
09-29-2003, 03:58 PM
FIRST of all, read this thread:


I think I said mostely what could be said in that response. If not, feel free to contact me personally. I have a National Chairman's Award medal hanging in my room from when I was a senior in high school. I was raised by a great team.

10-01-2003, 04:47 PM
I was wondering what software people used to make their chairman's award submissions?

Specifically, what cybersonics used for their 2003 submission.

Thanks for any help people can give.

Rich Kressly
10-01-2003, 05:50 PM
Cybersonics used Microsoft Publisher to create the 2003 submission. A PDF distillation of the file is available at our website here: http://www.cybersonics.org/cybersonics/awardentries/2003/chairman2003.asp

Remember though, we just received email from Bob Hammond stating all files will be electronically submitted this year. Further specs were not given as to file format, but we were told it will stay to four pages plus the executive summary.

As for the number of people needed to create the submission:
We had two senior girls who were responsible for the four pages and exec summary in 2003. Those two, along with a third of our student officers were the ones who went into the Chairman's Interview at competition. We also had four (or so), more students make major contributions to the project. Three team advisors along with other team members and mentors provided feedback along the way.

We were also sure to have photo documentation of every noteworthy event and shot a great deal of video footage for a promo video for the team that travels with us along with a larger "yearbook" of more detailed information that extends from the four pages. These extras that we took to competitions with us involved the addiional efforts those same students along with two students form our video/animation department.

Bear in mind, the submission itself is just a well-presented documentation of who the team is and what it stands for. You need every member to be involved, learn, grow, and then give back in some way to make the FIRST experience lasting, memorable, and culture-shaping.

There are many more threads filled with Chairman's thoughts so don't miss out on them. Good Luck!

Rich Wong
10-01-2003, 06:09 PM
My guess is probability .pdf format for 2004 Chairman's submission.
Easy packaging, universal for reading (and free) and attachable to must e-mail service.

Rich Kressly
10-01-2003, 07:43 PM
Heads up. If Rich is correct, be sure you have a full copy of Adobe Acrobat (not just the reader) to create your file. Actually, there's a "distill" function in the print menu that easily converts Word and Publisher files to .pdf as long as Acrobat is installed on the same machine.

I agree that FIRST will most likely accept .pdf files for the 2004 submissions, but I also think they'll wind up accepting other formats (Word, etc) as well, in order to be flexible. We will wait and see. Since FIRST has been great about getting information to us early this year, perhaps that can be clarified soon so teams have time to procure software if necessary.

10-01-2003, 07:54 PM
I would hope that they would provide the software for at least one of the formats they allow, as many teams don't have lots of software, especially the more expensive stuff. They already do so for the other competitions(Animation, Inventor), so I'd hope they do the same for Chairman's.

Ravi U
10-02-2003, 06:44 PM
Wow, there's so much to do that we're not aiming to win the award this year because there's so much that can be done, but not enough support. A simple goal for us this year is to progress to another level from our entry last year.

Rich Kressly
10-03-2003, 10:07 AM

The "winning" is in participating in the process. Put your best foot forward give it a go. The experience for those involved is one that will certainly lead to growth.