Howell High School’s robotics team the S.C.O.T.S. Bots claimed the District Chairman’s Award at the third annual First Robotics Competition (FRC) Howell District Event. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award in FIRST Robotics. The Chairman’s Award honors the team that represents a model for other teams to emulate and embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST Robotics. To be considered for the Chairman’s Award the S.C.O.T.S. Bots had to submit an essay, executive summaries based on provided topics, a video and undergo and interview with a panel of judges. As the winners of the District Chairman’s Award, the S.C.O.T.S. Bots qualify to compete at the Michigan FRC State Championship April 13 -16 in Grand Rapids.
The S.C.O.T.S. Bots had a strong showing at the FRC Howell District Event. Following the first day of competition the team was in third place. On the second day of competition the team qualified for the playoff matches as the eighth seed alliance captain. The S.C.O.T.S. Bots were eliminated from the competition in the quarterfinal round.
Earlier this year the S.C.O.T.S. Bots claimed the FIRST Entrepreneurship Award at the FRC Lansing District Event. This award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage and achieve team objectives.