When we work with Rookie teams or even mentor veteran teams we highly encourage them to submit for Chairman’s. We believe it is a valuable tool that helps to pave the way for the teams throughout the first few years - whether they realize it or not. Many state “we won’t win Chairman’s, why try” - and they most often are correct. However, doing the work does pay off in most cases. The teams that have done Chairman’s have never complained AFTER the submission, only before (and don’t we all complain about it?).
The executive summary offers great prompts that can act as a pathway forward on how to build the team and as a guide for creating outreach events. The essay provides a platform for the students and mentors to think introspectively on what is important for their team.
The presentation adds a new wrinkle to the team - and adds more roles that students can glom onto. The same for the Video. Many opportunities for those students that want to be on the team, but don’t want to be in the shop with the robot.
If you have any questions, please PM me. We have a long history working with teams (especially rookies) on their Chairman’s submission.