In addition to an outstanding showing on the playing field, TechFire was the recipient of the Entrepreneurship Award. This award celebrates entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes a team which has developed a comprehensive business plan in order to define, manage and achieve the team’s objectives. This team displays entrepreneurial enthusiasm and the vital business skills to ensure a self-sustaining program. This is the first year that TechFire has ever submitted for this award so is particularly proud to bring home this trophy.
For the first time ever, TechFire has submitted for the Chairman’s Award. This award is the most prestigious award in FIRST. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FRC 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 encouraging more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers, and technologists. While 225 did not receive the award this event, the judges expressed their congratulations to 225 members for the amazing job they've done to build the team in recent years and encouraged them to continue this trajectory which will undoubtedly result in a Chairman’s Award for Team 225 in the future.
TechFire was also proud to have mentor, Matt Kline, named as one of four finalists for the Woodie Flowers Award. Each year, students may submit an essay nominating one mentor from their team to be considered for this award. The Woodie Flowers Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. Dr. William Murphy founded this prestigious award in 1996 to recognize mentors who lead, inspire, and empower using excellent communication skills. Matt’s submission will be judged at the Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) Regional later this season. Congrats and good luck to Matt!
Thank you to Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy and the many volunteers for making this event a success. Team 225 is grateful to all of the sponsors, parents, and supporters who have enabled the team to build yet another amazing robot and look forward to continued success in 2014! TechFire will be back on the practice field this week in preparation for the next event, MAR FIRST Robotics Lenape-Seneca District Competition, March 22-23 in Tabernacle, NJ, USA .