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Regional Chairman's Award

Team 1111, The Power Hawks from Edgewater, MD USA

The Chairman's Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST. It honors the team that best represents a model for the other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Chairman's Award is presented to the team judged to have the most significant measurable impact of its partnerships among its participants and community over a sustained period, not just a single build season. The winner is able to demonstrate progress towards FIRST's mission of transforming our culture. The recipient team will be invited to the FIRST Championship where it will compete for the Chairman's Award against the winners from all the other qualifying events.

This year's team recipient is recognized for:

  • a 3.7 average GPA
  • 90% of team members are on one or more honor rolls
  • 185 graduates
  • 150 alumni pursued STEM careers
  • Offers $650,000 in scholarships each year
The team:
  • runs 4 JrFLLs and 4 FLLs
  • mentors 3 FTC teams
  • stages a summer robotics camp
  • hosts multiple qualifiers

The Chairman's Award is important, we don't want to Fumble
Competition was tight, we had a real Rumble
It took us a while, we finally decided
To go with the team from Anne Arundal

FIRST Dean's List Finalists

Ellen Yang of Team 20 from Clifton Park, NY USA

Samantha McComb of Team 3044 from Ballston Spa, NY USA

FIRST Dean's List Finalists are outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. They were nominated by their teams for their direct contributions and impact on others and in their community.

Engineering Inspiration

Team 1923, The MidKnight Inventors from Plainsboro, NJ USA

The Engineering Inspiration Award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's community. Inspiring others to respect science and technology requires passion, knowledge and commitment; FIRST celebrates these qualities by presenting its Engineering Inspiration Award.

To the tune: All About That Bass

Because you know they're all about that FIRST
'Bout that FIRST, and robots
I'm all about that FIRST
'Bout that FIRST, and robots

I'm all about that FIRST
'Bout that FIRST, and robots
I'm all about that FIRST
'Bout that FIRST... FIRST... FIRST... FIRST...

Yeah, it's pretty clear, we rock the FRC
And we can build it, build it, with the FTCs
Cause we that Lego League that all the kids love
And all the right robots in all the right places

We have the MidKnight U, on the internets
We know the global impact, kids in four, <pause> continents
And then events, events, let's go put on a show
MidKnight and Minion Mayhem, Cookie Carnage Camps Dem-OS

Yeah my teacher we told him, "we need more coding class"
(Shoop wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)
We said "We'd like more robotics and technical tracks"
(That robot, uh, that robot robot)
A permanent shop, internships, and college careers
The MidKnight Inventors inspired all of us here!

Because... you know they're all about that FIRST
'Bout that FIRST, and robots
They're all about that FIRST
'Bout that FIRST, and robots
They're all about that FIRST
'Bout that FIRST, and robots
They're all about that FIRST
'Bout that FIRST... Hey!

Regional Winners

Team 195, Cyber Knights from Southington, CT USA

Team 340, Greater Rochester Robotics from Churchville, NY USA

Team 4930, The Electric Mayhem from Buffalo, NY USA

And now, the New York Tech Valley Champions. They rose to the challenge of Recycle Rush. Please join us in celebrating their achievements.

Regional Finalists

Team 20, The Rocketeers from Clifton Park, NY USA

Team 5254. Robot Raiders from Trumansburg, NY USA

Team 3624, Thundercolts from Dix Hills, NY USA

Regional Finalist celebrates the alliance that makes it to the final match of the competition. FIRST recognizes the talent of these outstanding competitors. They were sensational and we are proud to honor them.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

Libby Kamen of Team 1923 from Plainsboro, NJ USA

The Woodie Flowers Finalist Award is presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. Dr. William Murphy and Small Parts Inc. began this prestigious award in 1996. Beginning in 2004, this award was expanded to honor more exemplary communicators in the FIRST community.

Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories

Team 250, Dynamos from Colonie, NY USA

The Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laborotories celebrates a team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. The winning team consistently demonstrates excellence in safety through the heat of competition.

This year's winner is a team which is so


In safety

That it has included UL's Safety Smart program into its huge safety outreach program

Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors

Team 5030, The Second Mouse from Utica, NY USA

The Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. Their product and process reflect the mission of FIRST, by demonstrating sound technology development from start to finish.


The Robot has parts old and new
With not just one lead screw but two
The totes they might lean
But stacking was clean
This mouse has a talented crew

Highest Rookie Seed Award

Team 5585, Blood, Sweat, and Tears from Edmeston, NY USA

the Highest Rookie Seed Award celebrates the highest seeded rookie team in the qualifying rounds.

Judges' Award

Team 229, Division By Zero from Potsdam, NY USA

During the course of the competition, the judging panel encounters teams whoe unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition yet do not fit into any of the existing award categories. Today, the judges have defined the following special award as a Judges' Award for one such deserving team.

There were a number of teams that went out of their way to help within their communities this year. There is one team that is using technology and their skills to help a really needy group of children.

The team's work has shown these children that they're not alone - technology can make their world a better place and accessible to them. Working with two local school districts, this team programmed a special little robot to work in grade schools, autonomously helping to teach autistic children about things like colors, numbers, and the alphabet.

The caring that this team demonstrates and the impact that this team is having on the lives of autistic children embody the attributes to which we should all strive.

It is the Judges' honor to make this award to Team 229, Division By Zero.

Rookie All Star Award

Team 5585, Blood, Sweat, and Tears from Edmeston, NY USA

The Rookie All Star Award celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology. This is not an easy challenge for a rookie team but the judges want to recognize and reward one team that got it right.

Ode To A Robot

You will always remember the first time
You came to win
The help of new friends
Or the time you are a noodle
The trips to Lowes
We only gave you two motors
No matter the team was the top of heap
FIBI, we love you

Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

Team 810, The Mechanical Bulls from Smithtown, NY USA

The Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives.


There once was a team who meant business
They shone for their financial fitness
They're entrepreneurs in their own right
Just check out their very cool web site!

And that's no Bull!!!

Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler

Team 250, Dynamos from Clifton Park, NY USA

The Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler recognizes extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork.


Outreach to the Egg and Team Spirit
Will bring you back
For a Pot Luck with DACK
Team Spirit is Nifty
Our Favorite is
Team 250

Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

Team 263, Sachem Aftershock from Lake Ronkonkoma, NY USA

The Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature. The team that wins this award must be able to describe as well as demonstrate the chosen machine feature.


An algorithm that is elegant stacks totes to the sky
Round after round the bins sit safely high
No need to raise all we keep our center of gravity low
Choosing to push instead of to tow
Sharing your code blocks in the cloud helps others bloom
After shocks of Long Island, you're the best in the room!

Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Team 4203, RoboKronos from Oneonta, NY USA

The Gracious Professionalism® Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson recognizes outstanding sportmanship and continuous gracious professionalism, in the heat of competition, both on and off the field of play. To win, a team must exemplify the principles of FIRST - fairness, humility, sharing, and persevering - and a winning attitude.

Through their outreach program, this team invites neighboring school officials to their annual kickoff. Last year, one of these was so excited he asked for help to start a team in his own district, ultimately culminating in a new FRC team, who describes these sun gods as the single biggest factor in the development of their team.

Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

Team 527, Red Dragons from No. Massapequa, NY USA

The Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox celebrates creativity in design, use of components, or unique strategy of play.


When calibrations failed them
They didn't quite lose their way
Instead they threw purposeful pistons
Right into the fray!

They avoided last minute sadness
They're not blue

These friends of Smaug
Kept their quest true!

As each match went on
In the field of play

They were successful in draggin'
Those totes of gray!

Quality Award sponsored by Motorola

Team 2791, Shaker Robotics from Latham, NY USA

The Quality Award sponsored by Motorola celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. The winning team demonstrates these characteristics in many ways from planning through execution. Building the robot is only part of their success and the judges recognize them as a quality example to others.


A strong hook is the core of any great song
And with multiple hooks, a song can't go wrong!
The design, like the icon, is so robust - what a hunk! The winner of this year's Quality Award
Is the very deserving LUNK

Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Team 3003, Tan(x) from Canandaigua, NY USA

The Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components to provide unique machine functions.


Autonomous mode is like a race,
This team racks up points at a rapid pace
They clear a path on their drive
Picking up three totes before humans arrive

To help the alliance become so grand,
This team says, "Talk to the hand!"

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Team 4508, Nuts And Bots from Schuylerville, NY USA

The Imagery Award is in honor of Jack Kamen. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration from the machine to the team appearance.


There once was a team from a tiny town
Whose team members sported orange and brown
The fans in the stands: they had the hots
For the robot made of Nuts and Bots!

Volunteers of the Year

Nancy Casler and Brett Brimhall

The Volunteer of the Year Award celebrates the dedication and service of truly outstanding volunteers. The phenomenal success of the FIRST Robotics Competition is a reflection of the commitment and enthusiasm displayed by our volunteers. We are truly humbled by the passion and commitment of our volunteers.