The 2016 Safety Animation Award Rules are Out

Safety Animation

The 2016 Safety Animation Award topic is “Working Safely With Your Robot”.

Every FIRST Robotics Competition team designs, builds, and competes with a robot. Every team also needs to work safely with their robot when it’s being built and tested, when it’s being moved to and from various locations at events, and when it’s being moved to and from the events themselves. Create an animation showing our community the best practices for handling the robot during these times! Your animation doesn’t necessarily need to show all three of these contexts, but if you can do so in a fun and engaging way – and in the time limit for the animation – please do. Also, please create videos in keeping with the medieval theme of the 2016 FRC season. This is not a requirement, but we would love to select, as our winner, an animation that highlights best safety practices while keeping within our theme. Get creative, and help keep your fellow teams safe!

Animations must:

    • Be no more than 40 seconds long, including opening and credits
    • Be submitted electronically as .AVI, .MPEG, .MP4, or .WMV file
    • Actually be animated. Any kind of animation, including stop-motion, is allowed.

Please note that the team with the winning submission may be asked to reformat their video into a higher quality format, in order to be shown at FRC Events.

If using copyrighted music, you must have written permission. If using Creative Commons Music (CCM) online, the music must be used in accordance with the appropriate license and properly attributed.

Lyrics in music may not contain explicit or suggestive language.

Any animation that does not meet these criteria will not be considered for the award.


Animations must be submitted by your team’s student award submitter in STIMS between Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 12:00 PM, Noon (ET) and Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 3:00 PM, (ET).

By making a submission the Submitter irrevocably grants to FIRST and designees of FIRST the right to use any or all of the submission in any and all media for the purpose of describing the submission, describing the Award, and/or otherwise promoting FIRST and the programs of FIRST.


The 2015 Safety Animation Award theme is Safety Superheroes.  The winning videos are shown below.  Thank you to all 198 teams who participated and congratulations to the winners!

1st PLACE: FRC Team 133, B.E.R.T. from Standish, Maine, USA


Team 2473, Goldstrikers from Cupertino, California, USA

Team 2574, RoboHuskie from St. Anthony, Minnesota, USA


UL Safety Smart Ambassador Training


Become a Safety Smart Ambassador and help UL teach children to manage themselves and their surroundings as safely as possible through the Safety Smart Program.  In this tutorial, Bill Nye the Science Guy will teach FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) students how to educate, engage and empower young children to practice safe, healthy and environmentally responsible behavior.  FRC students will be introduced to the Wild About Safety DVD series of animated stories, user-friendly ambassador guides, and fun activities.  Bill will explain how to share reassuring, clear and confidence building messages, why the Safety Smart Ambassador program is important, where to find the materials, and how to conduct a Safety Smart event.  Check out the tutorial, become a UL Safety Smart Ambassador, be a part of helping children make the right choices and decisions regarding public health, safety and environmental stewardship, it’s easy and fun. To register, please visit:

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