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.  The engineering section of the notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering notebook should focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest to judges for this award will include those describing the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, re-designs, successes, and those ‘interesting moments’ when things weren’t going as planned. A team is not a candidate for this award if they have not completed the Engineering Section of the Engineering Notebook.

Guidelines for the Think Award:

  • Team demonstrates respect and Gracious Professionalism to all
  • Team must submit an engineering notebook with an Engineering Section Team notebook must be clearly identified with the Team # and Team Name
  • Engineering notebook must demonstrate that the team has a clear understanding of the engineering design process, with pictures or drawings and details documenting all stages of robot design
  • Engineering notebook must be organized and follow the formatting guidelines provided by FIRST and include a Summary Page
  • Teams must tab/flag 6 to 8 pages of the Engineering Section to support entries on the summary page.
  • It is acceptable to include designs/ideas that are adapted from an outside source, providing that this is noted and credit is cited to the original source
  • Supporting drawings and diagrams must be included in the correct chronological order, not in a separate section.

Note: Teams should review the engineering notebook section of this manual for a complete description and format specifications.