FTC Tip #3: Control, Promote and Compass Awards

FTC Tip #3: Control, Promote and Compass Awards

Typically teams don’t submit entries for these awards and because of this, they aren’t even given out at many tournaments.  These awards are relatively easy to apply for and they are great tasks for those team members that feel like they don’t have anything to work on at a meeting!  Teams do not typically qualify for State or other higher level tournaments from winning these awards, but they do gain name recognition by other teams and judges, and it’s a great way to start your team’s trophy collection!

  • Award descriptions can be found here: http://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/ftc/award-descriptions.pdf
  • Criteria and Topics for this year’s Control, Promote and Compass Awards can be found in Game Manual 1 Section 7.  Promote and Compass Awards – Videos for both the Promote and Compass Awards must be submitted no later than Monday prior to the event. Teams may only win this award once at the Qualifier Level. YouTube links will not be accepted.  Send your video via a file sharing gateway such as Dropbox or Google Drive to Bethany Tourek at Bethany@hightechkids.org along with an email to Bethany stating that you have sent a submission (Minnesota ONLY).
  • In my opinion, teams should send in a Compass Award video at each tournament they participate in.  There is always someone to be recognized for their volunteerism!

Below is the text on these three awards:

7.5.7 Control Award
The Control Award celebrates a Team that uses sensors and software to enhance the Robot’s functionality on the field. This award is given to the Team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, enhancing mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the field. The control component should work consistently on the field. The Team’s Engineering Notebook must contain details about the implementation of the software, sensors, and mechanical control.  The submission form can be found at the end of Game Manual 1 or here.

Required criteria for the Control Award:

  • Team must demonstrate respect and Gracious Professionalism toward everyone they encounter at an FTC event.
  • Team must apply for the Control Award by filling out the Control Award Content Sheet, located in Appendix C.
  • The Engineering Notebook must include an Engineering Section that documents the control components.
  • Control Components must enhance the functionality of the Robot on the field.
  • Strongly suggested criteria for the Control Award:
    • Advanced software techniques and algorithms are encouraged.
    • Control Components should work reliably.

7.5.8 Promote Award
Many decisions, but choosing FIRST was easy! This judged award is optional and may not be given at all tournaments. Please contact your tournament director to determine if it will be given at an event you attend. The Promote Award is given to the Team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. Teams must submit a one-minute long public service announcement (PSA) video based on the PSA subject for the season.

PSA Subject for 2015 – 2016 Season: “Now that I’ve succeeded in FIRST….”
Required criteria for the Promote Award:

  • Video cannot be longer than 60 seconds.
  • Video must be of a high quality, as submissions may be used at a later time to promote FIRST.
  • Team must have rights to music used in the video.
  • Video must have strong production value.
  • Video must be submitted by the designated deadline.
  • Team must present a thoughtful and impactful video which appeals to the general public.
  • Creativity in interpreting the annually assigned theme is required.
  • Follow video award submission guidelines.

7.5.9 Compass Award
A beacon and leader in the journey of FTC. The Compass Award recognizes an adult Coach or Mentor who has provided outstanding guidance and support for a Team throughout the year, and demonstrates to the Team what it means to be a Gracious Professional. The winner of the Compass Award will be determined from candidates nominated by FTC Team members, via a 40-60 second video submission, highlighting how their Mentor has helped them become an inspirational Team. We want to hear what sets the Mentor apart.

Required criteria for the Compass Award:

  • Video cannot be longer than 60 seconds.
  • Video must be of a high quality, as submissions may be used at a later time to promote FIRST.
  • Team must have rights to music used in the video. o Video must be submitted by the designated deadline.
  • Video highlights the mentor’s contribution to the Team and demonstrates what sets the mentor apart.
  • Follow video award submission guidelines.
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