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Rory Held
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Woodie Flower

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Submission Opens: Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 12pm ET​
Submission Closes: Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 3pm ET

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (WFFA)
The Regional and District Championship Woodie Flowers Awards celebrate effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. This award is known as the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. Being selected as a WFFA is a requirement to be eligible for the Championship Woodie Flowers Award.

Spirit of the Award
This award recognizes an individual who has done an outstanding job of motivation through communication while also challenging the students to be clear and succinct in their communications. As such, it is very important that this be a student-led effort and a student decision. One student will act as the nominator. Lead Mentors/Coaches should direct 1 or 2 students to the online entry site and let the high school students decide whom to nominate. Adults can help edit and should check the essay and the submission information for accuracy, but this must be a student-led effort. The author(s) of the 3,000-character (max.) essay must be clearly identified as high school students in the online submission.

Any Mentor on a team. Nominated mentor must be listed as a Mentor with the team.

Judging Criteria
Two aspects of this award are important: (1) the accomplishments in communication by the mentor and (2) the student’s ability to communicate clearly and concisely through their nomination.

A specific judging criterion is based upon the team’s description of how the mentor inspired each member of the team in some or all the following ways:
  • Level of student participation;
    Creativity of effort;
    Clear explanation of mathematical, scientific, and engineering concepts;
    Demonstration of enthusiasm for Science and Engineering;
    Encouragement to work on projects as a team effort;
    Inspiration to use problem-solving skills;
    Inspiration to become an effective communicator; and
    Motivation through communication.
Each FIRST team completes a product development cycle as it designs a concept, develops a prototype, and builds and debugs a unique machine. This requires teamwork, attention to detail, scheduling and hard work. The award-winning essay should answer this question; “How did the candidate inspire your team throughout this process?” If the judges determine the essay best describes how this individual excels above all others as he or she inspires the team, then that mentor truly deserves to be recognized with the award that honors Professor Woodie Flowers and his contribution to engineering, education, and communication.

Entry Requirements
The students select a eligible mentor, enter reference information, and a maximum three thousand (3,000) character essay (this includes spaces, punctuation and line breaks) written in English. Eligible Mentors can be selected from a pull-down menu. Teams must upload 1 photo of the nominee, preferably a headshot of the mentor alone in Picture 1 and may also add up to three (3) additional pictures, totaling no more than 1.0 MB of memory. This submission should be a team effort and will stand alone as the team’s entry to award their candidate the deserved recognition.

Entry Process
A student award submitter can enter their candidate through the FIRST Dashboard. The Lead Mentor 1 or 2 for each team must assign at least one (1) and up to two (2) student award submitters in the FIRST Dashboard. Check out the Instructions to assign an Awards Submitter if you need assistance. It is suggested that you begin gathering all required information before it is time to submit and type the nomination as a Text Document so that it is easier to edit and check the character limit. When finished, it can be pasted to the on-line submission.

Student nominators must follow the directions listed on the screen. As the student nominator fills out the required information.

Student nominators can easily enter information, save it, and return to the site to edit their entry information until they are ready to submit it for judging. All entries must be submitted between the dates listed in Submission Dates. No entries will be accepted or altered after this date.

Students will go to the website to enter information in the following fields:
  • Team Number (Auto populated)
    Team Name (Auto populated)
    School (if affiliated)(Auto populated)
    Select an Eligible Mentor
    • First Name, Last Name (Auto populated)
      (Auto populated)Phonetic spelling of mentor name
      Position on team (Auto populated)
      Email Address (Auto populated)
    High School Student Nominator’s information: (Student recommending candidate)
    • First Name, Last Name (Auto populated)
    Adult Reference (Must Select an Eligible Mentor on the team)
    • Occupation
    Adult Reference (Any FIRST affiliation)
    • First Name, Last Name
      Phone Number
      E-mail Address
    Upload Pictures (1 required photo of nominee, preferably a headshot, up to (3) three additional photos, all photos no more than 1.0 MB total)
    Essay (Character max: 3,000) - Once candidates’ information and essays are submitted, they are sorted and posted on a private, password-protected site where only the Judges can read the entries.
Please Note: By making a submission the Nominator irrevocably grants to FIRST and FIRST designees the right to use any or all the submission in any media for describing the submission, describing the Award, and/or otherwise promoting FIRST and FIRST programs.