We are pleased to announce the creation of the John Burns Award. John Burns was a co- founder of the FIRST Robotics team, Rosie Robotics, at Agawam HS, which grew over the years to include 5 FLL teams, 10 JrFLL teams, and a FTC team in Agawam. John also was well known across the state for his advocacy for STEM education before STEM became a buzz word. John passed away in 2008 and is missed every day.The criteria for the John Burns Award is modeled after the Woodie Flowers Award at the FRC level. The John Burns Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. Dr. William Murphy founded the prestigious WFFA award in 1996 to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills. We want to emulate this recognition for excellent mentorship.
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 recognizing the value of communication. As such, it is very important that this be a student-led effort and a student decision. Team coaches let the students decide whom to nominate. Adults can help EDIT, but this MUST be a student-led effort, since any team coach is eligible. Authors must be clearly identified as FLL aged students in the emailed submission. Please email submissions to JTB@agawamrobotics.org. Deadline for submissions is 9:00 pm, December 8, 2013.
The family of John is donating a LEGO EV3 Kit to the winner of the John Burns Award.