Presentation on theme: "Firstfare 2013 The chairman’s Award"— Presentation transcript:
1 Firstfare 2013 The chairman’s Award JACOB BENDICKSENFRC TEAM 1540 – THE FLAMING CHICKENS
2 INTRODUCTION Me! Sophomore Chairman’s manager on 1540 On the presentation teamWhen I’m not doing robotics I’m climbing During the presentation, feel free to interrupt me (with questions)
3 ACTIVITYWith the people around you, discuss what the Chairman’s Award means to you and your team.
4 ACTIVITYWith the people around you, discuss what the Chairman’s Award means to you and your team.Anyone want to share? Bueller? Bueller?
5 ACTIVITYWith the people around you, discuss what the Chairman’s Award means to you and your team.Anyone want to share? Bueller? Bueller?To me, it’s about using the robot as a tool to spread STEMCompetitive spirit can be good if used to better your cause
6 OVERVIEW“FIRST’s most prestigious award. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The award helps keep the focus of the FIRST Robotics Competition on the goal of inspiring greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology.” – FIRSTKey here – not all about your team
7 DECONSTRUCTING THAT Role model for other teams Strong year-round AND multi-year programImpacts the community (positively)Spreads its enthusiasm for FIRST in innovative waysStrong partnershipsStudents/corporate sponsors/mentorsStudents/mentorsTeam/communityAll partnerships are important
8 HOW TO QUALIFY Old regional model New district model Eligible if you submit everythingPresent at one eventIf you win, you go to world championshipsNew district modelSubmit until you win (not just districts)If you win, you present at district championshipsIf you’re one of the 3 winners, then you go to world championships
9 DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS(1 WINNER)DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS(3 WINNERS)DISTRICTREGIONAL
10 AT CHAMPIONSHIPS Needless to say, the competition is fierce Eligible to present only if you win at district championships or a regionalGood stuff if you win:White House? Dean Kamen’s house?Traveling clock trophyEpic bannerFIRST Hall of FameThis means you can’t submit at regionals for five years, but that’s a good problem to have.Allaire Medal – scholarship!!!
11 ROOKIE/NASA GRANT TEAMS Rookies can’t submit for Chairman’sBUT they can be considered for Rookie All-Star by talking to roving judgesNASA Grant teams must provide a copy of the submission as part of the grant, even if they’re rookiesRAS gives you a ticket to champsShoutout to 4488 shockwave!
12 ENGINEERING INSPIRATION “Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.”All teams attending are considered2nd place Chairman’s?More about inspiration – one awesome story can get you it.
13 POTENTIAL ACTIVITIES On your team FIRST community Organize to maximize learningStudent leadershipYear-round programAlumniFIRST communityOrganize events (informational, scrimmages, other?)Mentor other teamsFLLHosting kick-offsYear-round program means that you have more time for outreach events, which is good for chairman’s, and also it’s good for the experience.Alumni are potential mentors!Coaching FLL shows that you care about the whole community, not just FRC.
14 POTENTIAL ACTIVITIES PT. 2 School communityAdd robotics to the curriculumCampsDemo at school eventsGeneral publicUse your engineering knowledge to help an organizationDemosCommunity serviceFundraisersSponsor relationsMedia (online, social, TV, newspaper, etc.)Local, state, national, and international presenceLocal, state, national, and international presence is a big thing to shoot for but if you can do it you’ll have a great shot
15 POTENTIAL ACTIVITIES PT. 3 Karthik: “Pie in the sky”Think of something difficult to do for your teamBUT that would be awesome if you couldMake it happen.
16 THE SUBMISSION Executive summary Essay + ‘optional’ 4 pictures The two above are due Thursday, February 13thPresentation at eventQ&A at event (after presentation)Video at eventRoving judges at eventImportant part – even if you do a lot of stuff but don’t submit you can’t win10,000 characters ~ 4 pagesPICTURES AREN’T OPTIONAL!!!
17 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Each 500 characters (including spaces) Briefly describe the impact of the FIRST program on team participants with special emphasis on the 2013/2014 year and the preceding two yearsExamples of role model characteristics for other teams to emulateDescribe the impact of the FIRST program on your team and community with special emphasis on the 2013/2014 year and the preceding two yearsTeam’s innovative methods to spread the FIRST messageDescribe the strength of your partnership with special emphasis on the 2013/2014 year and the preceding two yearsTeam’s communication methods and resultsOther matters of interest to the FIRST judges, if anyPartnership can be defined a lot of different ways – students/mentors/alumni/school/sponsors
18 ESSAY 10,000 characters ~ 4 pages Submit online along with executive summarySubmit at one regional/district event‘May’ include up to 4 picturesSubmit at one regional or district event, then at district championships and world championships if you make itInclude the pictures!
19 ESSAY TIPS Clear headings and sections Concise Good flow Relevant facts/numbersFocus on the FIRST experience and its impactAddress questions judges want to knowExplain your work this year and the past twoWrite early, then revise (maybe enlist your English teacher)Have non-FIRST adults read it and tell you the main points that they gotConcise – you only have 10,000 characters!Relevant facts and numbers – nobody cares that the earth is 93 million miles from the sun!There’s a fine line between telling them what they want to know, then not getting a chance to elaborate in the Q&A, and not telling them anything and not getting to elaborate at all! Entice them!
20 PRESENTATION 5 minutes 2-3 judges 2-3 representatives from your team Any presentation styleTeam provides special equipmentThey’ll have a table and sometimes some chairs, but other than that you have to bring it.
21 Q&A 5 minutes Immediately after the presentation Judges ask questions Interest them during the presentationSample questions later in presentation
22 PRESENTATION/Q&A TIPS Practice!!!!!!!Make sure you can say everything in 5 minutes – 4:45 is betterDon’t rush. Practice it slow.Be memorable, but communicate your main pointsTell personal anecdotesIncorporate other points when answering questionsIdeas?Memorability is harder when your name isn’t Exploding Bacon.Incorporate other points, but don’t’ go too far. If they ask about your finances don’t start telling them about your management system.
23 ROVING JUDGE TIPSHave documentation ready for them (business plan, some pictures, etc.)Make sure you have knowledgeable team members in the pit to talk to themDevelop a list of main points to cover, work these into the answers to their questionsIt seems that the judges always come when your spokespeople are in the bathroom, so anyone and everyone should be able to cover for them until they get back.
24 SAMPLE JUDGING QUESTIONS What was the hardest part of robotics this year?What do you wish your team was better at?Why that team name?What was a big challenge that your team faced? How did you solve it?How does your team raise money?How has robotics impacted you personally?Why should you get the Chairman’s Award?If you could pick another team to get the Chairman’s Award, who would it be?How is your team run?What will you do differently next year?What does gracious professionalism mean to you?Finances are big—they show that you’re really reaching out to sponsorsPicking another team shows that you know what to look for – and that you’ve done your homework.
26 ACTIVITY Everybody stand up! Stretch! I’m going to go around and ask random people these questions.This is not to make you uncomfortable, but for you to get a sense of what it’s like to answer questions on the spot
27 Sample Judging Questions What was the hardest part of robotics this year?What do you wish your team was better at?Why that team name?What was a big challenge that your team faced? How did you solve it?How does your team raise money?How has robotics impacted you personally?Why should you get the Chairman’s Award?If you could pick another team to get the Chairman’s Award, who would it be?How is your team run?What will you do differently next year?What does gracious professionalism mean to you?
28 VIDEO 1-3 minutes long Clean audio No copyright infringements May consist of:Video footageVoice over/music over picturesAnimated presentationPowerPoint converted to movie formatRequired for judgingWhen 2-3 teams have been chosen, video is viewed to make sure it meets requirementsOften shown when recipient is announcedUse all 3 minutes!Don’t necessarily just regurgitate your essay – this isn’t a place to introduce new information, it’s so that the audience can get to know you once you’ve won.
29 EXAMPLE VIDEOSFlaming ChickensHoly CowsSimbotics
30 MORE INFORMATIONAwards guidelines, sample championship videos:Team 1540 website with resources, videos, and our essay from last year:Feel free to me with questions!
31 QUESTIONS? Ginny Cornyn is here! Seasoned Chairman’s judge Ask her stuff!