Dean’s Checklist Award Updates | FIRST





We have now fairly just a few updates to announce for the FIRST Robotics Competitors Dean’s Checklist Award! Submissions open on Thursday, November 4th at 12:00pm ET and shut on Thursday, February tenth at 3:00pm ET.

New Assets

We have now created a brand new Dean’s Checklist Award Information to help groups in making ready for the submission and for taking part within the Dean’s Checklist Award interview. You possibly can view the information underneath the Dean’s Checklist Award part on the Submitted Awards web page within the Useful resource Library. We hope this useful resource helps extra groups submit for the Dean’s Checklist Award.

Adjustments to Essays

Primarily based on suggestions from the judges and to offer mentors the chance to higher reply the prompts, we’ve cut up one of many essay prompts into two – bringing it to a complete of 5 prompts. The character restrict of every immediate is now 800 characters every:

Clarify how the coed embodies the philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition by way of the FIRST Core Values: Discovery, Innovation, Influence, Inclusion, Teamwork and Enjoyable. Please present examples.
How has the coed elevated the attention of FIRST? Describe the coed’s curiosity and/or plans to proceed to have interaction with FIRST past highschool. Please present examples.
Describe the coed’s technical experience, utilizing particular examples within the areas of programming, electronics, design, fabrication, making, illustrating how these expertise have contributed to the group’s success. Please present examples.
How does the coed’s particular person contributions to the group profit the group as an entire within the areas of fundraising, outreach, entrepreneurship, and creativity? Please present examples.
Clarify the coed’s management to their fellow group members. How do they encourage others? What’s their management type? Please present examples.

As well as, we’ve added a query to the nomination with a 30-character restrict: “How lengthy has the coed been concerned in FIRST?”

Adjustments to Interviews

Primarily based on suggestions from judges, we’ve determined to extend the time for interviews from 5-8 minutes to 6-10 minutes. College students that require a translator or interpreter will obtain as much as an extra 5 minutes.

As a reminder, on this weblog we introduced that we’ve given Regionals and Districts the choices of conducting Dean’s Checklist Award interviews remotely, with interviews happening inside 7 days earlier than the occasion’s load-in date.

FIRST will publish an inventory of all occasions/Districts which have chosen to do Dean’s Checklist Award interviews remotely in December.

Districts that selected this selection should achieve this for the whole District, not occasion by occasion, to keep up consistency inside a District

If the Regional Occasion chosen for the interview is conducting interviews remotely, the Decide Advisor will contact the mentor that submitted the nomination to schedule the interview 2 weeks previous to the occasion. The interview will happen inside the 7 days previous to the occasion’s load-in date by way of Microsoft Groups.
In case your District is conducting distant interviews, the group’s mentor shall be contacted to schedule the interview and which occasion the interview shall be utilized to. The interview will happen inside the 7 days previous to the occasion’s load-in date. If chosen as a District Championship Semi-finalist, the District’s Decide Supervisor will contact the group’s mentor to schedule the second interview to happen inside 7 days previous to the District Championship’s load-in date.

New Requirement: FIRST Consent and Launch Type

College students MUST have a signed FIRST Consent and Launch kind to be nominated and interviewed for the FIRST Dean’s Checklist Award.

College students with a FIRST Dashboard account and a signed Consent and Launch kind of their profile could be chosen within the drop-down record within the nomination portal. If the coed doesn’t have a signed kind of their Dashboard account, or doesn’t have a Dashboard account, Mentors could verify off a brand new checkbox acknowledging that they’ve a signed paper copy of the FIRST Consent and Launch kind earlier than submitting. Paper types could also be acquired by reaching out to your native management.

To submit the shape if interviewing in-person:

Signed types MUST be dropped at the occasion during which the coed is to be interviewed at and submitted with the Group Roster to Pit Admin. If the coed doesn’t have a signed kind on the occasion (whether or not proven on the Group Roster as being signed in Dashboard or a paper kind), the coed shall be ineligible to obtain an interview and proceed on for choice as a Dean’s Checklist Award Finalist.

To submit the shape if interviewing remotely:

If interviewing remotely, the lead mentor 1 & 2 will obtain an e-mail from after nominations shut with directions on tips on how to submit the coed’s signed FIRST Consent & Launch kind. The signed kind MUST be acquired by the deadline outlined in that e-mail or the coed can’t be interviewed.