Two students will be chosen at each regional event (six students at the Michigan State Championship) based on a submitted essay to be FIRST Dean’s List Finalists. The student submittal site will open tomorrow, Tuesday 2/23 at 12:00PM EST, and close on Friday 2/26 at 4:30PM EST to allow for submission. Each team may submit two students for this award at one event at which they are participating. Only the 96 winners of the FIRST Dean’s Finalist Award are eligible for consideration in the selection of the FIRST Dean’s List Award to be presented at the FIRST Championship.
We hope you will join us in thanking Dean for making this great opportunity available in the 2010 season. Each of you now shares in the distinct honor of participating in the inaugural year of this important award. We highly encourage all teams to submit and wish all students being nominated the best of luck!
This IS a valuable award. Too valuable to give the teams only 3 days to draft, fine tune, and submit. Too valuable to present this glorious opportunity to exhausted teams during ship time. Too valuable not to do but where is the opportunity for teams to give their very best effort? The timing is horrible and I could just cry for all of the students and mentors who are so tired right now with this brand new opportunity making itself known to all of us - with such a very short deadline.
This is a wonderful and valuable and long overdue award.
I have to agree with you here Jane. Many of us are burnt out from the six weeks of building and late nights, but as you mentioned this is a very valuable award. It allows teams to help recognize students for their amazing efforts thoughout the six weeks and beyond. However, the timing is a little inconvenient as we are all getting a much needed rest in the following weeks before competitions.
The ten Students on the 2010 FIRST Dean’s List students will receive the following:
o A written recommendation from FIRST leadership to the college or employer of each student’s choice.
o A credit towards the winning student’s team following year registration fee
o An invitation to attend an expenses paid Leadership in Engineering Workshop in Manchester, NH.
o The opportunity to work with all members of the FIRST Dean’s List and network with FIRST leaders to
Agreed, FIRST presented this in the ranks of a WFFA and Chairman’s so it is upsetting to see the time frame in which we have to work. The 4000 character limit was tough for me to write within today. Luckily, I have finished the essay for one junior who I am especially proud of.
I agree, and an award far too important to exclude FTC students from. Why limit a significant award given to those who embody FIRST principles (not FRC principles) from such a large component of FIRST?
And on a related tangent, same issue with the Woody Flowers Award. While I certainly don’t advocate having one mentor award for FRC and FTC teams, it seems ridiculous that FIRST does not bestow some specific honor recognizing the hard work FTC mentors do to help further science and technology.