FIRST Tech Challenge Success

Congratulations to team 7804 The Tie Fighters on being awarded the prestigious Inspire Award, one of the top awards in FIRST Tech Challenge. This win will advance the team to the state championship on February 16th at SNHU in Manchester, NH!


 For those that are not familiar with this award and the magnitude of it, some states, such as Vermont where the team will compete in a few weeks will only advance one team to the world championship and that will be the Inspire award winner! Below is a small explanation of the award and what it takes to earn it…



This judged 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.


Required criteria for the Inspire Award:

       • Team shows respect and Gracious Professionalism® to everyone they meet at a FIRST Tech Challenge event.


      • Team is a strong contender for several other Judged awards. The Inspire Award celebrates the strongest qualities of all the Judged Awards.


     • The team is an ambassador for FIRST programs. They demonstrate and document their work in their community.

    • Team is positive and inclusive, and each team member contributes to the success of the team.


     Team must submit an engineering notebook. The engineering notebook must include engineering content, team information and a team plan. The entire engineering notebook must be high quality, thoughtful, thorough, detailed and well-organized.


      • Robot design is creative and innovative, and the robot performs reliably on the field. The team communicates clearly about their robot design and strategy to the judges.


    • Team presentation is professional and engaging.