FIRST Robotics Competition
2009 St Louis Regional
Technology Innovation Award
The FIRST St. Louis Regional Technology
Innovation Award has been established to foster technical innovation in the field of robotics. This award recognizes students participating
in the St. Louis Regional Competition who have incorporated an innovative function into their robot and have been able to communicate
this to others.
The innovation may be any feature of their robot that is considered different or novel. The innovation does not
need to be a totally new concept, just "not commonly used" in FIRST competitions. The innovation must have been incorporated and functional
during the 2009 competition. All fields of science and engineering are considered in this award.
Applicants are required
to fully document their innovation in the form of an engineering report. This report describes the innovation in a three-page document.
There are limited guidelines for the report. It relies on the creativity and ability of the student/s to skillfully communicate their
innovation. Uniqueness, contribution to the field of robotics, presentation and an understanding of engineering principles are
part of the judging criteria.
All applicant/s must agree to have their engineering report published on the Technology
Innovation web site, www.technologyinnovationaward.org. Individual names and identifying information will not be posted on the
web site; only screen names will be shown. The panel of judges reserves the right to approve reports that are published on the
The student/s ability to innovate and to communicate the concept are fundamental in receiving this award.
and financial background are not a consideration in this competition.
Applicant/s will be required to provide a description of
their innovation with a telephone interview with the panel of judges.
All students that have participated in any 2009 FIRST
competition, in any region, may submit an Innovation Report and have their report published on the web site. Students that not
participate in the St. Louis regional, however not be considered for the cash awards.
The application may be submitted
by one or up to three students. Each participant must have made a major contribution to the innovation and preparation
of the report.
Applicant/s must demonstrate an active participation in the 2009 St. Louis Regional FIRST Robotics competition.
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