Team 503 Frog Force

Team 503, Frog Force, from Novi, Michigan, was honored to win the 2021 Championship Chairman’s Award at the Detroit championship.  Despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, they adapted old ways, and invented new ways, of connecting to their communities.

After building a sustainable progression of programs in their own city to feed their own team, Frog Force accepted the challenge to expand to traditionally underrepresented students.  They started over 50 FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams in nearby Detroit to feed FIRST Robotics Competition teams there, creating teams in community centers, then working with the school district to make FIRST robotics available to hundreds of students.  Expanding on this idea of starting FIRST programs in underserved communities, they created a FIRST Tech Challenge program in rural China.

Presentation Video

 Team Video

The Allaire Medal – Leadership Exemplified

The Allaire Medal recognizes leadership exemplified, 1816 awarded this medal to 2 students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and whose personal character best embodies the spirit of FIRST.

Megan Douglas

Megan has been an active member and leader for four years. She helped lead our annual Girls Camp and was an active participant in many events bringing FIRST to underserved communities. She helped create an FTC program in China, leading a 3-day in-person workshop to get teams started.

Joshua Huang

Joshua has shown exemplary leadership since his first year on the team, creating and leading several programming workshops for younger teams. He has also attended many events as part of our partnerships with SAY Play and Detroit PAL, leading camps and workshops and even coach training. In 2021, he was instrumental to our efforts to modify virtual events, or create new ones, so that no teams would miss out on the season.


Detroit Championship
Chairman’s Award Winner

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2021-22 Sponsors

  • Magna Seating Systems (Primary Sponsor)
  • Ford Motor Company
  • The Nissan Foundation
  • NGK Sparkplugs
  • ASCO Numatics Inc.
  • Autodesk
  • Novi Community School District
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Novi High School