Excellence in Design Awards, sponsored by Autodesk 2012

Hi -

We have started to post some content to help prepare teams for the 2012 Season on the http://www.autodesk.com/first pages.

The FIRST Robotics Competition Award for Excellence in Design Award Sponsored by Autodesk will be part of the competition season again in 2012. Once again, we will offer students the opportunity to enter in the 3D Design and 3D Animation categories.

•3D Animation students can get started with the Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® Maya® Learning Paths and to help you prepare for the 2012 competition season. We are making a few changes this year, and we are really looking forward to seeing what teams will do with the challenge this time around!

•3D Design Challenge this year will be new and innovative! HINT: Just do as much “Design First” as you can so you are ready for what we have in store.
More information will be available on Monday, January 9th at 12pm PST, don’t forget to check back then!

We have also created a new Facebook group that is focused on Autodesk Resources for FRC 2012, you can request to join here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/autodesk.first/
(The Group will be opened to the public on January 9th, but for now you can request to join)

Looking forward to Kick-off!

Best Regards,

Looking forward to this years’ announcement!

To teams and mentors participating in the 2012 Excellence in Design Award category…

We are experiencing some delays in being able to post the 2012 Official Rules, and will be posting them in the next few days. Please don’t worry about deadlines, the timeframe for the competition will be adjusted accordingly. We will be posting new training resources for 3D Animation shortly as well.

Thank you for your understanding and support, we will be communicating with you on a regular basis about this.

Best Regards,

Hi Everyone -

We have finally closed on the contest rules, and they will be posted to www.autodesk.com/first as soon as possible.

As soon as they are available, i will post both here and on our Facebook group:


Thank you for your patience, we are very excited for the 2012 season and hope you enjoy the challenge.

Does anyone know where is the download of the iikos? The award requirments page says that Autodesk provides a rig of the iikos, but I can’t seem to find it.


Several ways to get to the information so I will share them all.

www.autodesk.com/first, select the 2012 Award tab and click on the link for the “Digitial STEAM site”. There you will find a link “Go To Project Packet”, click and then locate the “3D Files” on the top of the page under the little red tab.

You could also join the Autodesk Education Resources - FRC 2012 facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/autodesk.first/ where you can get help, support, ideas and much more. Request membership here: [email protected]

Hopefully this is helpful!

Good Luck,

Kim Campbell-Djuric
Autodesk, Inc.

Does anyone know if the 140 character limitation on the video description includes spaces and punctuation?

Hi -

The submission PROCESS for the Excellence in 3D Design Awards has been posted today, Friday, February 17th:

Teams can sign up now and register to submit, in order not to have to do this part at the last minute.


Amber - I believe it does. Take a look at the registarion process and give it a try, it should let you know on the form.