The Chairman's Award

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST®, it honors the team that best represents a model for other robotics teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of the FIRST® program. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that facilitates robotics events for young adults from elementary through high school. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST® Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encourage more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders. 

To win the Chairman’s Award, students from the competing robotics team must curate 2 written essay submissions, a comprehensive video, and a live presentation in front of a judging panel.

In March of 2022, Explorer Robotics (Team 5181) received the District Chairman’s Award for the second consecutive year, demonstrating an unparalleled commitment to STEM education, community service, and the FIRST® core values.  Team 5181 is an FRC (FIRST® Robotics Competition) team for upperclassmen at La Salle College High School, the founding member of the La Salle Robotics program. Since the creation of the team in 2013, Explorer Robotics has started 14 robotics teams in local schools, designed the curriculum for 4 STEM-related classes at La Salle College High School, and hosted numerous camps and competitions for young innovators.

2022 Chairman's Award Video