2019-2020: Skystone Season
Our captain was selected as a Dean's list finalist for Ontario which is the most prestigious award given to an individual in the FIRST program. Additionally, our team came in second place for the Think Award which recognizes the best engineering notebook. The engineering notebook is a summary of a team's season, from building, to programming, to outreach, the book clearly and thoroughly documents the entire season.
2020-2021: Ultimate Goal Season
In our 2021 season, we improved significantly and thus were able to receive many more awards. A short explanation of what each award means is below:
Inspire Award: This is the most prestigious team award given in FIRST and it is given to the team that best embodies the challenge of the FTC program. The Team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST Team
Think Award: This judged award is given to the Team that best reflects the journey the Team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. This award evaluates the teams engineering portfolio which includes underlying science and mathematics of the Robot design and game strategies, the designs, redesigns, successes, and opportunities for improvement.
Control Award: The Control Award celebrates a Team that uses sensors and software to increase the Robot’s functionality in the field. This award is given to the Team that demonstrates innovative thinking to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, improving mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results. It is essentially an award for the best programming implementation.
Innovate Award: This judged award is given to the Team that has the most innovative and creative Robot design solution to any specific components in the FIRST Tech Challenge game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. It is essentially an award for the best mechanical design.
Connect Award: This judged award is given to the Team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community. The Team that wins the Connect Award actively seeks and recruits engineers and explores the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology
Design Award: The Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. The robot should be durable, efficiently designed, and effectively address the game challenge.
Overall Rank: The overall rank of the team is based on how many points are scored by the team. It's quite straightforward in a virtual setting, the more cumulative points you score the higher your ranking. In traditional competitions this would also include alliance selection and several elimination rounds.