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Award - winning team website ideas!
« on: May 13, 2008, 05:16:21 PM »

   Please post a list of some of the cool features, interesting/useful content, or good layouts that some of the Website Award winning teams had from this past year.  You can find out who won the website award by going to and looking at who won the award at each regional. There were 40ish regionals, so however many of you there are please divide them up evenly.
   Each person involved should list at least 5 ideas from each award winning website.  This should help fuel our brainstorm session on what WE want to implement on our own web site for next year :)

« Last Edit: May 13, 2008, 05:18:46 PM by angry_eric »


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Re: Award - winning team website ideas!
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2008, 07:11:46 PM »

I did research 7 award winners

FIRST Championship    115
Hawaii                      597
New York City          1635
microsoft seattle   1346
Silicon Valley             115
Las Vegas             1527
Boston                      576

and one don't working at the moment of this writing- 1527
and most are decent but only two stand out, 115, who won Silicon Valley and Championship and 1346 won Seattle
1346 is flashy, I don't know if you wanted to do that, it seem a lot work
but I really recommend see 115, they has a lot info in there, lot picture in-house, lot video in-house host, also has design process showcase there for everyone to see, has lot acrtiles, stories, nice and long team info and it is tightly organized and it uses AJAX tabs to store all info. it is really nice website.

Simon said, I COMMAND YOU TO BE A CLONE LIKE TEAM 115, because I won't there next year >:( ;D


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Re: Award - winning team website ideas!
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2008, 07:45:04 PM »

Detroit Regional - Website winner Team 245 "Adambots"  Rochester Hills, MI

Bright yellow background really catches your eye.
Big team photo plus photo banner and photo buttons - very visual.

Connecticut Regional - Website winner:Team 177 -South Windsor CT

No pictures at all on the front page, but a very clean, easy to read layout. 
The team crest in the corner is a classy touch.
Drill down to the CADD page.  A great rendering of their bot on that page. Wicked-looking.

Chesapeake Regional, Annapolis MD.  Website Winner:Team 1980

Excellent banner at top of page.  Graphic, and includes navigation buttons
Big rounded 3-D  boxes on the page look sharp.
Like team 245, they also have big buttons with photos on them to take you deeper into the site.

Boilermaker Regional- West Lafayette, IN -- Website winner Team 234 "Cyber Blue"

Lots of work went into this site. It's very deep.Lots of pages with lots of content.
Very clean and professional layout.  Makes good use of their signature blue color.

Greater Kansas City Regional - Website winner team 1710 - "Ravonics Revolution"

Very trendy.  Brushed metal and carbon fiber look. 
Scrolling message at top.
Lots of pictures when you drill down.

Finger Lakes Regional - Website winner: team 378 "Circuit Stompers"

Classy background with silhouette gears
Featured Team Member and Featured tutorial on the front page

Minnesota Regional - Website winner : team 2220 "Blue Twilight"

Front page is too long.  You have to scroll a lot to see it all.
Don't know why this won an award.  It's seems pretty average to me.

SBPLI Long Island Regional - Website winner : Team 2487 "Mechanical Animals"

Fantastic animated gear graphic on the front page!  Really eye-catching.
A small site.  Not very deep.
Well designed.  Hangs together well.

Colorado Regional -Website winner: Team 1296 Rockwall Robotics "Full Metal Jackets"

Easy to read black on orange.  Team crest at top.
Animated slideshows on "Multimedia"page
Great and funny movies on the Animation page.
Their Robots page has a good picture and description of all their robots.  Even a trash can bot.

Bayou Regional - Website winner : Team 16 "Bomb Squad"

Good picture of team members in Bomb Squad shirts at top of main page.
Not much content.



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Re: Award - winning team website ideas!
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2008, 08:00:06 PM »

I did the research of six regionals.  (Lee Hoag)

Pittsburgh       #63            Nice flash slide show.  Good layout
Wisconsin        #2220                 So So......not impressed
Brazil               #1382                Great site!! Well organized.
Buckeye           #48                Awesome graphically, really pops!!  Colorful.
Philadelphia     #1727        Nice layout in general except for the home page (top should be at bottom)
Palmetto          #342                   Good layout.  Colorful.

My favorites were #1382  and   #48's!!


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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2008, 08:31:40 PM »

Peachtree Regional- Team 34

  • A LOT of information about their community sevice, and it gives great pictures with every event they contributed to.. like reading to kids, etc.
  • it was very organized, like with links at the top of the page to view team members and sponsors, etc
  • home page is sparse but it has a good team picture and a description of this year's game
  • it also has links about the regional events they were in, their robot, community outreach and team members which make it very interactive

Richmond, VA Regional- Team 359

  • home page has a good team picture, and a cool and catchy background
  • info on the regionals and chamnpionship they were in with pictures with Dean Kamen  :o
  • there are very accessable links to their sponsors at the top of the page
  • they have pictures that go along with almost every link you can click which is nice because they make it easy for you to see what you are about to see
  • overall, it had a nice background and lots of pictures so you felt like you personally knew the team... it also had a lot of information about everything they have done to help the community

these are just the ones i have done tonight... i will get back to you with the other regionals i did

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Re: Award - winning team website ideas!
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008, 07:54:21 PM »


The website is very cool looking with the pictures.
The website is very easy to navigate because it doesn't have any confusing dropdowns.
They have a CC liscense at the bottom of their website.
There is a Google Calander box informing you about meetings.


Creepy pictures at the top of some pages.


Because of how the website was layed out, there isn't much room left for content.
It has a picture viewer at the top but only scrolls through 3 pictures.
There are a few buttons on the top and several more links on the side so navigation can get confusing.
The sponsors are listed on the side.


The website had quite a bit of content.
There are useful resources on the website.
Most URLs actually mean something.
Lots of pictures.


Marquee (nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!)
Opening page (CLick here to enter site!)
Urls mean something!
Lots of links along the side.
Funny engineering quotes on the page.


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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008, 07:55:37 PM »

Israel Regional Team 1657

Links to other "friend", partner, nearby teams.
Prominent links and bios of sponsors
Good front layout for regular updates (even though they don't do that....)
Neutral, but interesting background colors (metallic grays) - backgrounds are very clean but still interesting.



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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2008, 07:56:32 PM »

Greater Toronto Regional - Team 378 Circuit Stompers
  • Drilldown menu system - single main links on top, go to sublinks on side for main categories-clean
  • 'Student of the day' - random bio pull from the bio page, maybe instead 'photo of the day'? - could integrate this with the Flash control for 'latest images'
  • Explicit list with detail about demos, events, past rosters of team members
  • Sponsors page - graphics, links, and address/contact/blurb
  • Regional-specific page-they didn't have info, but should be done more like MOE's
  • Index page  - big header to start, shrinks to reasonable size for other pages

Additional info about NYC regional - 1635
  • Shaded/graphic content boxes on the side-Scrolling content box not bad if it was faster and icons were smaller
  • Detailed section on what FIRST is about- definitely important!!-although the brute copy/paste from FIRST website might be a little much
  • Detailed info on robot specs and mechanisms
  • Safety section - we got the award,
  • Well laid out, but nothing else that really stands out
  • Firefox works poorly or not at all for some content
  • Some content boxes are hard to read - sponsors page

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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2008, 07:57:08 PM »

Looks like I can't be kept from work either ^^;;

UC Davis Regional [Sacremento] - Team #115

Overall this site works a little well, but there's something weird with the designy, artsy stuff. It's... not people friendly when it comes to the colors...

  • So much information I wasn't exactly sure where to start and end, but informative and friendly.
  • Their menu was easy enough to figure out, but I have a feeling if I took it to my grandma (and isn't that who we want to see it anyways) she might have a small issue.
  • Cute countdown at the top, left hand corner. Unfortunately, I didn't notice it until I clicked back and forth to the site and here a few times.
  • From an artsy point of view, there's a little issue with the colors. It might be their team colors, but they could mute them a little. Again with poor Grandma....

Waterloo - Team #1114

Overall, this website is definitely deserving of this award. It's clean and friendly, so there aren't a lot of nitpicks.

  • Good information, except on one or two pages, where it wasn't updated.
  • Big links on the left for friends and family to look at. The layout is clean enough.
  • As for the artsy standpoint? The buttons on the left clash with the stuff everywhere else. If those were different colors, or even like... different shades of red, then it'd be a little better.

West Michigan - Team #234

Totally totally deserves the award. It's clean, informative, and fun ^^

  • It's easy to navigate in. With 74 proud grandmas sponsoring the team, it has to be easy, right?
  • Drop down menus are usually something I'm a bit leery about, but this page seems to have it working flawlessly.
  • They have little pictures for the mentors and the students!!!!!
  • The only qualm I've got, functionality wise, is that it has a little too much flash. It doesn't use it on every page, but it sure seems like it... and there are still people out there with slow loading speeds, I know it!
  • Design wise, it's an awesome site, with blue and white, and a friendly typeface to match. I'm not sure I'm all that fond of that much white space, or that really large banner at the top, but it doesn't seem to bother it all that much.

Boston Regional - Team #578


  • Well, it's informative... slightly... Not as much as some of the other winning sites I've seen, but informative enough to work...
  • Their dropdown menus hurt... both visually and navigationally.
  • Well, to be honest? I'm not sure I like the site all that much... *shrugs* It's not all that nice to look at, and they could use a little bit more information.
  • Blue. Hurt. Eyes. Ow. No more need be said.
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Re: Award - winning team website ideas!
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2008, 07:58:44 PM »

Arizona Regional        1515  site ->  slide show.  Good layout marquee = bad good menus
San Diego Regional    597    site ->     good content iframe for everthing  can not be bookmarked
Lone Star Regional     2587  site ->             good content good layout 
Los Angeles Regional 1515
Oklahoma City Regional 2435