The robotics season is well underway with all qualifying tournaments happening throughout January and February. The UCF teams have performed extremely well and received different awards. See each teams’ accomplishments so far:
The Green Lemons made it to the finals as a Winning Alliance at the Tower Hill Delaware Meet. They participate in their first qualifier tournament in February.
The DynaBots scored the highest points of a match during the Penn State York Qualifier this past Saturday!
The Mariachi Startup made it to the finals and received recognition for the Finalist Alliance in the Blue & White Qualifier.
The Flaming Phoenix ended in the #4 position in the game rankings at the Penn State York Qualifier on Sunday, moving them all the way to the semifinals. They received 1st place in the Connect Award, 3rd place in the Think Award, and 3rd place in the Inspire Award. The Flaming Phoenix has qualified to go to the Pennsylvania States Championship.
The Two-Eyed Illuminati finish in the #1 position in the game rankings at the Penn State York Qualifier on Saturday, moving the team all the way to the finals. They received 1st place in the Think Award and 2nd place in the Inspire Award. The Two-Eyed Illuminati has qualified to go to the Pennsylvania States Championship.
About the awards...
The Inspire Award
Highest award of the program recognizing team efforts on engineering process & notebook
The Inspire Award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm, and knowledge with other team, sponsors, their community, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this team will have showed success in performing the task of designing and building a robot.
The Think Award
Removing engineering obstacles through creative thinking.
The Think 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. The engineering content within the notebook is the key reference for Judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering content must focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries should include descriptions of the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, redesigns, successes, and opportunities for improvement.
The Connect Award
Connecting the dots between community, FIRST, and the diversity of the engineering world
The Connect Award is given to the team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community. A true FIRST team is more than the sum of its parts and recognizes that engaging their local STEM community plays an essential part in their success. The team that wins the Connect Award aggressively seeks and recruits engineers and explores the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science, and technology. This team has a clear team plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.