Judging & Award Updates for the 2022 Season

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We all know that there’s nonetheless uncertainty about how the 2022 season will look however as Frank beforehand talked about, our plan A is a standard FIRST Robotics Competitors season. We needed to share some updates on the present plan for judging and awards this season.

Chairman’s Award Suggestions Change

This season, all groups who interview at a Regional or District occasion for the Chairman’s Award will obtain suggestions. As groups are allowed a mentor within the interview room who can present suggestions to the staff on the interview itself, suggestions from judges will solely be offered on the submitted supplies. As well as, the Chairman’s Award Suggestions Kind has been up to date for the 2022 season. Judges will reply the questions from the shape and responses shall be emailed to the staff’s lead mentors 1 and a pair of after the occasion. FIRST may also present extra coaching to Chairman’s Award judges on present actionable suggestions. We hope this new format shall be efficient for groups – giving them perception on how their submission was acquired.

Chairman’s Award & Security Animation Awards Submitters

As a result of adjustments with Knowledge Privateness pointers at FIRST, a pupil can solely be assigned as an award submitter if their father or mother/guardian has signed the Consent & Launch Kind. To assist guarantee groups will be capable of submit the Chairman’s Award & Security Animation Award by the deadlines, lead mentors 1 and a pair of also can submit these awards (along with the coed award submitters). Whereas we’re permitting this feature, we nonetheless strongly encourage these submissions to be made by college students.

Allaire Medal

FIRST will not present the Allaire Medal, which acknowledged one pupil on every FIRST Championship Chairman’s Award staff. The Allaire Medal got here with a scholarship and was named after a long-serving former Chair of FIRST, Paul Allaire (be taught extra about him in WPI’s memoriam). He handed away in 2019, and in reviewing the good thing about this system in comparison with the fee, we have now determined to droop it

Award Tips Up to date

Final summer time, primarily based on suggestions from each groups and judges, we up to date most award pointers to higher differentiate them from one another and higher describe the qualities the awards have a good time. Check out the Machine, Creativity, and Innovation Award Tips and the Workforce Attributes Award Tips to see the updates.

Time for Translators/Interpreters

In 2021, we allowed extra time for timed interviews if a staff wanted a translator or interpreter. Primarily based on suggestions from groups and judges, not solely is this extra time allowance now everlasting, however it is usually being elevated.

College students who want a translator/interpreter for the Dean’s Checklist Award might use as much as 5 extra minutes.  For the Chairman’s Award, groups might use as much as 2 extra minutes for the presentation and as much as 3 extra minutes for the Q&A portion.

Follow Questions for Awards

To assist groups put together for judging at occasions, we have now printed a Follow Questions for FIRST Robotics Competitors Judged Awards sheet. These are the questions offered to judges as a place to begin, however judges are inspired to ask different clarifying questions. We hope these assist groups put together for his or her judged interviews.

Decide Age

In 2021, we lowered the age requirement for judges to fulfill the elevated choose want for the distant season. We noticed a rise of ~21% of volunteers who served as judges who have been alumni! After reviewing the info and suggestions from different volunteers, we have now determined that we are going to maintain the lowered minimal age requirement for the 2022 season. This may permit occasions the pliability to do what works finest for every occasion. We’re excited in regards to the improve in profitable FIRST alumni judges and sit up for welcoming extra sooner or later!

Security Program Modifications

Security is a crucial a part of FIRST packages and can all the time be so. To extra broadly combine security consciousness and practices inside FIRST Robotics Competitors, we’re eradicating the person Security Award, which rewards the security actions of solely a single staff. We’re as a substitute shifting to an emphasis on security in all staff awards. To be eligible for any award, a staff will now be required to indicate how they espouse FIRST Core Values and a tradition of security along with demonstrating Gracious Professionalism®.

FIRST is dedicated to security, and with these adjustments, we hope to strengthen the deal with security for all groups in all capacities. FIRST will proceed the next:

The Security Captain Position: a staff’s ambassador for security, who creates a staff security program and ensures the staff shows constructive security behaviors throughout conferences and at occasions.
The Security Handbook: an easy-to-use information for essential security data
The Security All Star program: a every day recognition program at occasions wherein one security captain is picked because the Security All Star every day of the competitors.
The Security Animation Award: a contest that groups can take part in by submitting an animation that matches the yr’s theme.
The Security Studying Portal: on-line security coaching for staff members and mentors.

As with many different adjustments we make, FIRST will monitor the outcomes of this transformation and make changes as vital.

We’re excited to share these adjustments with groups and sit up for (hopefully!) being again at in-person occasions for the 2022 season!

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