Communications

Students in this subgroup work on completing a variety of works to submit for competitions, including the Entrepreneurship Award, which requires the team to develop “the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives”and requires a comprehensive business plan, which the subgroup updates each year,  the Chairman’s Award, the “most prestigious award of FIRST,” which  “honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.” This award includes an executive summary of short answer questions, an essay, a 3-minute video, and a memorized 7-minute presentation. This subgroup is also responisble for the Woodie Flowers Award, which is “presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills.” and entails a written essay on the nominated mentor and how they inspire the team, and the Engineering Inspiration Award, which “celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.” The subgroup also runs Pit Duty training, in which students are prepared to answer technical and non-techical questions that may be asked by judges. Recently, the subgroup has also taken on the creation and/or editing of promotional and submission videos.