AWARDS

Although FIRST is about innovation rather than competition, awards help teams achieve a standard from which they can work and aspirations towards achieving their full potential. Each award that FIRST Team 2168 has won over the years hold its own story and individual significance. Spanning from the team's rookie year to our last competition season, we have continued to grow and hope to achieve even more each year.

  • NE District SE Mass Event-Winners
  • NE District SE Mass Event-Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors
  • FMA District Springside Chestnut Hill Event-Winners
  • FMA District Springside Chestnut Hill Event-Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors
  • NE District Rhode Island Event-Winners
  • NE District Rhode Island Event-Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson and Johnson
  • Woodie Flowers-Kevin Brown (Semi-Finalist)

We won three events in 2018, but that wasn't necessarily what made this year special, at least in terms of awards. No, the real clincher was the Innovation in Control Award we won at the New England District Rhode Island Event, bringing us to tie with another team for having the most Innovation in Control Awards in the world!  

  • NE District SE Mass Event-Winners
  • MAR District Springside -Winners
  • NE District Rhode Island Event-Winners
  • NE District Rhode Island Event-Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Our ten-year anniversary was a great year for us. We won four events. We once again received two different Innovation in Control Awards. And we took home an Excellence in Engineering Award from the MAR District Bridgewater Raritan Event. 

  • New England District SE Mass Event-Winners
  • MAR District Bridgewater Raritan Event-Winners
  • MAR District Bridgewater Raritan Event-Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi
  • New England District Rhode Island Event - Winners
  • New England District District Rhode Island Event - Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
  • New England District Championship - Winners 
  • Tesla Division - Innovation in Control Award Sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Finalists at the New England District Hartford Event. Champions of New England District Championships. Winners of two different Innovation in Control Awards, one at the New England District WPI, and the other at World Championships.

  • New England District WPI-Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
  • New England District Hartford Event-Event Finalists
  • New England District Championship-Winners
  • World Championships-Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

For the third year in a row, we won at WPI Battlecry. We helped take the fifth-seed alliance of Granby Grunts and Junkyard Battalion to victory. We won yet another Innovation in Control Award at the New England District Championship, and our own Kevin Harrilal was a Semifinalist of the Woodie Flowers Award. 

  • Pioneer Valley District Event-Winners
  • Rhode Island District Event-Woodie Flowers Award Semifinalist-Kevin Harrilal
  • New England District Championship-Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
  • WPI Battlecry 16-Winners 

We won the Innovation in Control Award at both the Rhode Island District Event and at the New England Championship, came in as finalists at the Rhode Island District Event, won WPI Battlecry 15, and won the Creativity Award at the Groton District Event.

  • Groton District Event-Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox 
  • Rhode Island District Event-Finalists 
  • Rhode Island District Event-Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
  • New England Championship-Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
  • WPI Battlecry 15-Winners

For the second straight year in a row, we won at Suffield Shakedown and Bash at the Beach, while also taking our sixth-seeded alliance, consisting of OxBE4 and RhodeRebels, all the way to the 3rd game in the best of 3 finals to win the WPI Regionals competition.

  • Suffield Shakedown-Winners 

  • WPI Regional-Winners

  • Bash at the Beach-Winners

As if to commemorate our five-year anniversary, 2012 was an incredible year for us. We won at Bash at the Beach, WPI Battlecry 13, and Suffield Shakedown. We were the high scorers at Suffield Shakedown. We coded our robot only a few minutes before competing, and our autonomous was the most impressive one present. And our mentors jumped into the spotlight, when Josh Miller, Justin Foss, and James Corcoran allied with the NUtrons and 78 Airs Strike to become Mentor Champions. But one of the dearest to our hearts was the Dave Leenhout's Award given to our very own Brian Chidley, for "transforming a team of six into a family of over thirty."  

  • Suffield Shakedown-Winners

  • Suffield Shakedown-Dave Leenhout's Award-Brian Chidley

  • Suffield Shakedown-Highest Score

  • Suffield Shakedown-Most Impressive Autonomous 

  • New York City Regional-Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

  • WPI Battlecry 13-Winners

  • Bash at the Beach-Winners 
  • Beantown Blitz-Mentor Champions

In our fifth year, we won both the 'Coopertition' Award, for sharing our tools (and our minibot) to lend a hand to teams in need, and the Pushing the Envelope Award, for an Android App that made scouting other team's robots during competition much easier, developed by our Programming Captain, Zack Nado.

  • WPI Regional-Coopertition Award

  • Bash At the Beach-Pushing the Envelope

In the fourth year of competition, our robot managed to suspend itself above the ground moments before an elimination match ended. The height of robot was debatable, forcing the judges to measure our height manually. Saved by fractions of an inch, we were able to claim victory that match. 

  • Bash at the Beach-Best Play of the Day

Along with our alliance member, we progressed through the quarterfinals, semifinals, and surprisingly made into the Finals. Although we were defeated, this was a huge victory for our team being only the third year we had run as a FIRST team.

  • WPI Battle Cry 10-Runner Ups

Our first year competing as an FRC team. The UTC Connecticut Regional in Hartford, CT, was also our first ever competition. Being one of the several rookie teams that attended this event, we earned the highest placing during Qualification rounds allowing us to win this award.

  • UTC Connecticut Regional-Highest Rookie Seed
  • Woodie Flowers-James Corcoran (Semi-Finalist) 
  • Woodie Flowers-Josh Miller (Semi-Finalist)
  • Woodie Flowers-Aram Mead (Semi-Finalist)

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