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Friarbots Win FIRST Robotics Chairman’s Award

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Josh Beckman

Team 3309 Friarbots, the Connelly, Rosary, Servite tri-school team, is proud to announce that they earned their 5th consecutive Chairman’s Award in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The award was announced in a nationwide webcast that took place on the evening of Wednesday, April 29th. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award in FIRST. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate through exemplary efforts, to spread the mission of FIRST by inspiring greater levels of respect for STEM, and encouraging youth to become science and technology leaders. Competing for the award requires submission of an essay, executive questions, and a presentation at the competition. 

The award was earned at the Idaho Regional Competition event the Friarbots were scheduled to compete in late March. Due to the event suspension, the award was conferred based on the essay and executive questions, which detailed the Friarbots’ extensive endeavors to promote STEM education and creation of opportunities for youth to learn engineering and design skills alongside professional mentors. These outreach efforts included the following: 

  • Organizing and operating a free 3-day competition and STEM Expo during LA Fleet Week that reached over 500,000 with 40 teams competing.
  • Keynoting the closing general session of the DKG International Society of Key Women Educators to share with over 500 teachers the impact a robotics program can have on students.
  • Running a four-week summer camp for middle school students on the Servite campus that teaches campers CAD, 3D-printing, build robots, and how to solder.
  • Appearing on an episode of the TV show Blackish earlier this year, and on a local Houston channel FOX-26 last year to demonstrate their robot and encourage participation in STEM.

Share the excitement of the FIRST Robotics Regional Awards Show in this short Chairman’s Award Announcement Video with some of the Friarbots Family watching together on Zoom.

The Friarbots have worked tirelessly to put together a Chairman’s Video, which is traditionally played at the event for the winning team. Please enjoy the student’s efforts in this 3-minute video.

The Friarbots are currently meeting online three times a week, continuing to work on team projects, student training, social bonding, summer camp development, and planning for hosting off-season robotics competition events. 

Some team members have joined the SoCal COVID Response Team and are utilizing their 3D printing skills and equipment to make face shields distributing them to local hospitals and clinics to protect those who are working tirelessly to help others. 


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