Chairman's Award

Well I’m not sure if this is the place to post this, but…

Can we layer/attach/glue smaller pieces of paper or other things onto the four 8.5 by 11 sheets of paper?

Sure you can… perfectly fine. The judges are mainly looking for content, as outlined in the Awards Document. Just make sure the entire document size doesn’t go over the 8.5"x11" limit (pictures can’t hang over the edges, etc).

The only exception is including objects themselves. The award is limited to text and images.

2.3.1 Submission Format
The growing number of FIRST teams makes it necessary to standardize the submission format and limit its content to four single-sided, 8 ½ x 11-inch pages. Content can be any combination of text and images. Neatly write or type the text, using a minimum of font size 10. The judges do need to be able to read it! When you prepare this documentation, bear in mind that the students, engineers, teachers, community, school, sponsors, families and other supporters, as well as the machine itself, are all integral parts of your team experience. Your submission need not be professionally produced; but it does need to clearly convey the factors outlined above.

Some more critical information outlined:
The criteria for the 2003 Chairman’s Award are essentially identical to those that have been traditional for the Chairman’s Award in the past, with the exception that the judges will more consciously focus on a team’s activities during the entire year, as distinguished from just the six week design and build period. The FIRST Robotics Competition is not about machines;it is about the experience of people working together toward a shared goal.

The primary factors the judges will evaluate are:

  1. How strong is the year-round team partnership effort?
    (Partnership can be defined in many ways, including: the partnership among the team’s students/corporate sponsor/engineers; school/university sponsor/engineers; students/adults; community/team)
  2. How strongly does the submission document how FIRST impacted the learning experience of the students, school curriculum, engineers, and/or community?
  3. How strongly does the submission provide examples of what the participants experienced in the FIRST program (i.e.: challenges, accomplishments, pitfalls, “lessons learned” etc.)?
  4. How well has the team communicated its excitement and impact within the entire school, community, and beyond (state/nation) through its participation in FIRST?
  5. Has the team documented an innovative way to spread the FIRST message?
  6. Has the team explained/demonstrated why/how it should be a role model for other FIRST teams to emulate?
  7. As a whole, does the content of the documentation exemplify the true meaning of FIRST?
    Your Chairman’s Award submission should include documentation for all of the above factors.