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Compass and Promote Awards

The Compass Award recognizes an adult Coach or Mentor who has provided outstanding guidance and support for a Team throughout the year, and demonstrates to the Team what it means to be a Gracious Professional. The winner of the Compass Award will be determined from candidates nominated by FIRST Tech Challenge Team members, via a 40-60 second video submission, highlighting how their Mentor has helped them become an inspirational Team. We want to hear what sets the Mentor apart.

The Promote Award is given to the Team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. Teams must submit a one-minute long public service announcement (PSA) video based on the PSA subject for the season.

Please see the Game Manual Part 1 for details on these two awards.

If your video is private, grant ftc.awards@pennfirst.org access so our judges may review your video submission.

Video Award Submission Guidelines Winning videos will be submitted to FIRST and used to promote the higher values of FIRST Tech Challenge. Teams may win the Promote Award only once at a Championship level event and only once at a qualifying level event. Teams can also send their Promote videos directly to FIRST; however these submissions will not be formally judged.
  • The Compass Award and Promote Award will only be judged at the Pennsylvania FTC Championship Tournament
  • The video must be submitted at least one week prior to tournament day.
  • Videos must be submitted in AVI, WMV or MOV format. Remember that the winning video may be shown on a large screen during the awards ceremony. Teams should use the best resolution available for the final version.
  • Only one video submission per Team will be considered. Teams may submit new or updated videos at each tournament.