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Operation Inspiration 2007: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

I hear that not enough teams are working hard enough at the I and R in FIRST. If you can build a robot for this game, but can't find the time to submit an entry for WFA, shame on you. You can still change the tide, recognize the person who inspires your team... NOW ... submit a WFA entry at www.firstawards.org. Let's crush the number of entries from last year.

Don't worry about winning, just do it. The entries make great UFH submissions AND superior gifts.

Namaste

[EDIT]: At the wonderful suggestion of Chris, we'll turn this thread into Operation Inspiration 2007 with a new twist. Post any and all 2007 entries. Recognize these folks right here. If your team is saving it as a surprise gift or wants to wait until the regional of entry has passed, that's fine too. We'll take em now, we'll take em later, just be sure to share when you can [/EDIT]
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Don't worry about winning, just do it. The entries make great UFH submissions AND superior gifts.
Any team that enters a WFA essay is already giving an award to their chosen mentor. It is a simple way to give some respect and say thank you to a deserving candidate. Also, keep in mind that any adult mentor is eligible for this award, not just teachers and engineers.

Thanks, Rich, for bringing this up.

Now is the time, students to get this done. Do not depend on your mentors to lead this... it is your thing to do.

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The entries make great UFH submissions AND superior gifts.
I'm pretty sure this has been asked before, but for UFH it is said we're limited to 250 words. Since most Woodie Flowers award entries are way more than this, is it ok to submit the same entry for both?

Also, we're not supposed to submit someone who has won a Woodie Flowers Award before, does that mean only the Woodie Flowers Award or both that and the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winners too?
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Also, we're not supposed to submit someone who has won a Woodie Flowers Award before, does that mean only the Woodie Flowers Award or both that and the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winners too?
The intent is that no mentor should win the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award more than once. This is very different than the Chairman's Award. Only mentors who have not been recognized as WFFA winners in the past are eligible for the WFFA.

Only WFFA winners are eligible for the Championship WFA. Any past WFFA winner is eligible, ONLY if there is a new essay written for that candidate this year. Past WFFA winners won't be considered for the Championship WFA if the students on their team do not write a new 600 word essay.

Also, teams with multiple WFFA winners must select only one of these past recipients as their candidate for the Championship WFA. The judges defer to the wisdom of the students to select their best candidate.

Write on...

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The intent is that no mentor should win the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award more than once. This is very different than the Chairman's Award. Only mentors who have not been recognized as WFFA winners in the past are eligible for the WFFA.

Only WFFA winners are eligible for the Championship WFA. Any past WFFA winner is eligible, ONLY if there is a new essay written for that candidate this year. Past WFFA winners won't be considered for the Championship WFA if the students on their team do not write a new 600 word essay.

Also, teams with multiple WFFA winners must select only one of these past recipients as their candidate for the Championship WFA. The judges defer to the wisdom of the students to select their best candidate.

Write on...

Andy B.
Thanks for that tid-bit. I think it may of got lost in confusion or maybe I'm just crazy with all the chaos involved with shipping. But what I meant was an individual who has won WFA can not win UFH, but can an individual who has won WFFA win UFH?
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...what I meant was an individual who has won WFA can not win UFH, but can an individual who has won WFFA win UFH?
I'm of the opinion that being honored as a Woodie Flowers Finalist counts as being "sung". The UFH recognition seems intended for folks who don't have other biggish awards.
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Re: Now that the robot is gone, do something meaningful

The Woodie Flowers recognition is as simple and as complex to me as a key.

It unlocks the cage that houses the rolling tool cart and many of the team's robots - therefore history
It unlocks the future for the student's educational interests in science, technology, robotics
It starts the car that can travel to a home, a hospital, a funeral, or another team - when a team member needs help or support
It is a key that opens doors we haven't thought of yet
It opens the way to a student's self-discovery and confidence
It opens the opportunities for students of many diverse backgrounds and cultures

to grow, to learn, to contribute, to participate

It is a key that belongs to a FIRST mentor. All of the teams have mentors with one such key - As Andy says, Write on...
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Have you done your duty? Do you think it's important? Is it actually possible for the students to change the lives of the mentors? Just ask these people:
http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/wf...on=honoreelist
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Re: Now that the robot is gone, do something meaningful

I'm happy to announce that our students took your challenge:

The whirl of a band saw can be heard as you walk down the sidewalk of Baylor Circle in the afternoon. If you follow the sound you will almost surely find FRC team 1902 in a garage, hard at work on their robot. The garage they are building in happens to be connected to one of their mentors houses. Dan Richardson is the lead mechanical mentor of team 1902 and during build season he hosts 20 students in his garage every day, inspiring them to become the leaders of tomorrow. From teaching students how to work the drill press to making sure all the right parts are in, Dan is there making sure everything is running and that the students get the most out of the FIRST program.
When you're working on something as complex as a FIRST robot you need to have someone who knows what they're doing. For team 1902 that person is usually Dan. But he doesn't keep his knowledge to himself. Instead he teaches the students around him how to do all the tasks that are necessary. Anything from mounting an arm to how to drill correctly, Dan is there to make sure everyone around him knows what they are doing.
This year, after the team had decided on the basics of how we wanted the robot to be designed, we needed someone to physically engineer the robot in Inventor. Dan was the only person who knew how, so the incredibly hard job of exact design fell to him. He met the challenge in stride and spent many a sleepless night on it, but he got it done. After he had unveiled the design to the team and got their approval he went about getting the necessary parts to be machined. But while we were waiting for the parts to return he set up some of the students to learn how to go through the process of designing in 3-D. Dan inspired the students to learn the program so that in the future the students could have a little more ownership and knowledge of how a robot was designed with every detail in mind.
Being a college student in an engineering major at UCF Dan doesn't have a overabundance of free time. But he somehow manages to build his time around robotics. Whether it's giving up a little bit of study time or not going to dinner with his girlfriend he is always there when the team needs him.He has inspired many students on the team, myself included, to find better ways to manage time in life.
But Dan doesn't stop with just team 1902. This year Dan set up a collaboration with team 1369 in Tampa. He strongly believes that teamwork is something to be truly valued, not just for FIRST, but for life. This attitude was passed on to the students of both teams as we worked in tandem to get both of our robots finished and perfect. Dan is also going to be volunteering at the UCF regional as the game announcer.
The goal of FIRST is to inspire young minds and to reveal to them the exiting world of science and technology. Dan Richardson realizes this goal and strives towards it every time he walks out into his garage. He believes in this goal so much that he is willing to give up his time, energy, and his garage so that 20 students can realize that same goal.


We love you Dan!!!!
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oink oink BOOM!
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Don't worry about winning, just do it. The entries make great UFH submissions AND superior gifts.
Each year we throw an end of the year party and at that party we read our WFA submission out to the rest of the team. We build our own woodie flowers award and give it to the mentor we nominated. Its really cute and that way they're recognized no matter what. A mentor doesn't have to win the WFA at a competition to know that they've inspired the team.
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is this your official Operation Inspiration 2007 thread?
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is this your official Operation Inspiration 2007 thread?
haha .. didn't know we needed an official one, but feel free to post em if you got em ... usually I wait until the first set of regionals and then people post them as the events pass, but, by all means fire away if your team wants to share now.
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Here is Team 1345, The Platinum Dragons' submission:

Arefin Bari embodies all that FIRST strives to be. He has been indoctrinated by the FIRST community and lives and breathes its principles.

Arefin was an active member of Team 108 during high school. Even though he was on another team, I heard his name everywhere I went. He was seemingly involved in every aspect of FIRST. Upon graduation he did not leave FIRST behind. Arefin had a vision that South Florida should be a thriving FIRST community. He volunteers at every event he can get to, whether he is organizing, announcing or competing, he is always involved.

“Arefin Bari has been a great help and supporter of FIRST programs in Broward County. The past 4 years, Arefin has mentored FLL teams and has been instrumental in providing volunteers for the South Florida FLL tournament. In addition, he has developed a dependable communication structure for regional FIRST teams which has helped local teams maintain enough interest to host 2 successful off-season FRC tournaments. Arefin embodies the spirit of FIRST in the passion he portrays in communicating with teams and in volunteering at local events.” (John Burke, Broward County Magnet Coordinator)


After graduation, Arefin began college at FAU and an internship at Pratt and Whitney. He did not, however, give up on his passion for FIRST. Arefin wanted to get involved with a local team and saw the potential and problems of Team 1345 – The Platinum Dragons. As a team with limited mentor support and resources, we gladly took him up on his offer to be a mentor. Although initially I was very skeptical on what effect a college freshman could have on our team, over the past two years I have been converted to a true Arefin believer. He has advanced our team in almost every way possible. He has motivated the Platinum Dragons to tackle more advanced designs and has fostered a level of unity and teamwork this team has not seen before. He is the fuel for this team and his commitment is contagious. Arefin seemingly lives at Stranahan High. He is here during school, afterschool and weekends. If he has a break between college classes, he will stop by to discuss strategy or to show me the latest threads on Chief Delphi. The principal, security staff and office staff all know him by name, and Team Members do not hesitate to consult him on academic as well as personal problems. In two short years he has become an indispensable part of our team, woven into the fabric of the Platinum Dragons.

Arefin is also the ultimate FIRST team resource, from materials to personnel to marketing, he is the man. Last year we needed extra wheels. Arefin used his contacts to get wheels shipped from another team. This year we were desperate for programming help, Arefin contacted Team 710 (which lost funding to participate this year) and invited them to join Team 1345. From that we got two programmers that have been an asset in this year’s game. He is like Don King when it comes to promotion. Arefin makes sure that everyone in the FIRST community knows about the Platinum Dragons and what Team 1345 is up to.

Arefin is a product of FIRST, an ambassador for FIRST, and a role model for the FIRST community to emulate. If we could bottle the passion for FIRST that runs through his veins and put it in next year's Kit of Parts, the FIRST community would be catapulted to heights not yet seen. I can think of no one more deserving of the Woodie Flowers Award than Arefin Bari.
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Here's 1065's entry to be submitted at the Florida Regional:

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Students on Team 1065 have a sense of belonging to a family. A family comprised of other students and mentors closely knit and held together by one individual; Roger Johnston. Mr. Johnston has been taking on the challenges of FIRST for a decade and he shows no signs of slowing down or stopping his FIRST career. The energy and passion that comes out of this individual is simply outstanding.

Prior to creating our team, Mr. Johnston was a co-founder along with Dan Welsh and Phu Nyguen, (engineers for Disney’s Ride and Show Department), together they established the initial team for what would later become The Disney-Alliance. While balancing a family, and a full time career as a teacher in the field of Mathematics and Pre-Engineering at Osceola High School (one of two schools involved with our team), he still found the time to dedicate a large part of his day to our team for the past five years.

Over the years Mr. Johnston has influenced not only team members but members of his own family to pursue degrees in engineering. Because of Mr. Johnston’s teachings, over fifty-percent of our current student build-up is currently planning to enroll in engineering at the college level.

The majority of students call him an “all-around” mentor. He is capable of assisting members in many areas of building the robot, from mechanical and electrical to pneumatics and programming and sometimes even in the spirit department. Whenever a question arises, Mr. Johnston is clearly the one that students rely on.

No matter what the student’s work ethic is he always tries to motivate them to do their best. For example, until recently our team spirit captain has been frightened to even go near a power tool, but because of Mr. Johnston’s efforts she has recently used a power saw, a hand drill, and a drill press.

Mr. Johnston is always spreading the word of FIRST to his students in hopes of gaining members. Whether they are in his geometry classes, or his Engineering Design and Development classes, he gives them all an equal opportunity to become involved in the robotics program.

A first year student on the team has been quoted as saying, “Mr. Johnston is a very smart individual, and he has been a tremendous support for our team. Without him we wouldn’t be where we are”, only after only attending a few meetings.

Mr. Johnston has created an opportunity that not many other teams will have the chance to experience. When we attend local FIRST events there is a feeling of being around old friends, this is because the majority of the teams attending have been started by someone who was once involved with creating or being apart of The Disney-Alliance.

In the unlikely event that the location where we hold our meetings is unavailable for us to meet, Mr. Johnston does not hesitate to offer up his classroom or in some occasions his own home. Mr. Johnston is a very dedicated individual who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the work done. He also keeps an extremely positive attitude about the rigorous challenge FIRST presents to the teams. Once a student asked him “We have only a week left and it doesn’t look like we’re going to complete the robot. What are we going to do?” he quickly responded with “We will finish, no matter what”

Mr. Johnston is the most inspiring individual involved on our team, without him our team would not be what it is today and we are truly grateful for his efforts.
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