This weekend the Newton LigerBots are headed to WPI in Worcester for the FRC New England Regional Championships. Last year the combined Newton North and Newton South FIRST Robotics team did well enough to land themselves at the World Championships in St. Louis. But this year they’re up for one more huge award: The Chairman’s Award.
While the robots compete on the field, another competition happens in a closed boardroom that is even more important. The Chairman’s Award is the top award in FIRST Robotics because it has to do with both how a team give back to the community and how it presents itself to the judges (check out the video from last year’s winner). This year the team spent quite a bit of time reaching out to the community. Just last week they took part in the Mayor’s STEM Night and earlier this school year met neighbors at the Whole Foods in Newton Four Corners.
The award is so prestigious that each year the winning team of the National Chairman’s Award is induced into the FIRST Hall of Fame and, from then on, is always invited to the World Championships.
The LigerBots won the award at the NE District Championship at UMASS Dartmouth earlier this season and will compete against 9 other teams in Worcester. A final 4 from New England will move on to the National Competition.
Also this year, Coach Chuck Hurwitz is up for the Woody Flowers Award. It’s just as prestigious, but honors the mentor instead of the full team.
Of course, while some members of the team are going in front of judges in a quiet room, others will be screaming from the stands.
Come join them! We can use all the cheering help we can get. Of course, if you can’t get there you can watch online.