Bossi happy others are emphasizing partnerships instead of FIRST

Don Bossi, President of FIRST and Race Bannon doppelganger, recently tweeted his approval of the White House plan to include "strategic partnerships between schools, businesses & nonprofits" in their 5 year STEM education strategic plan.
Bossi is showing his relief that other organizations are taking on the burden of encouraging these key partnerships in STEM education.

For those of you following FRC off-season news, you may remember an October announcement revolving around FIRST  HQ rewriting the Chairman's Award description.

The 1997 Chairman's Award Description reads
The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have created the best partnership effort among team participants and which best exemplified the true meaning of FIRST through measurable impact on participants, school, and community at large.

This award clearly highlights the "strategic partnerships between schools, businesses & nonprofits" that Don praises in his tweet but we understand that the mental weight of encouraging those partnerships was just too much for the FIRST Robotics Competition staff. The old award harkens back to a simpler time in FRC history.


The updated Chairman's Award description for 2019 lets the FIRST Robotics Program really spread their wings.

The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to best exemplify the true meaning of FIRST through measurable impact on participants, school, and community at large with emphasis on promoting science and technology through FIRST programs.

Now they only have to encourage teams to use FIRST programs instead of changing the culture by growing partnerships outside of FIRST. This is a huge relief to Don Bossi, and the rest of FIRST Leadership, most notably their accounting department. We can see how they feel less encumbered by setting aside one of their central missions and focusing their energy on bringing in more money to FIRST programs.


Sorry, there is no joke here, here's an excited dog as consolation.







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