This is a replication of the Judging FAQ found on firstlegoleague.org, with edits to reflect CVR’s implementation of the FIRST LEGO League program.
1) How is the Champion’s Award determined? Are certain weights used?
The Champion’s Award recognizes a team that “embodies the FIRST LEGO League experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.”
At an official event Judges will look for balanced, strong performance across all three areas; this means that all three judged sessions (Core Values, Robot Design, and Project) are weighted equally to determine the initial group of Champion’s candidates. All candidates must also meet the following requirements:
- Robot: The team must score in the top 40% of all teams participating in the Robot Game at the event.
- Project: The team must complete all parts of the Project, including the identification of a real world problem related to the Challenge theme, creation of an innovative solution and sharing their research and solution with others, as well as any other season-specific requirements that may exist.
- Core Values: The team must adhere to all Core Values throughout the event and the season.
All candidate teams are then reviewed during a deliberative process that considers Robot Performance placement and other qualitative factors. Final determination of the award winner(s) is based on a vote of the full judging panel.
2) Does FIRST LEGO League have an official policy on how teams advance to Championships from Qualifiers?
Teams are eligible for awards and advancement only at the first official event of each qualifying level attended during season. In most cases, event capacity within a region limits team participation to only one qualifying event each season. In some cases, teams may be able to attend more than one qualifying event, but it is important to note that they do so for fun only—they would not be able to win awards or be advanced to a Championship based on performance at a second or additional event.
The qualifier advancement policy is based on Champion’s Award criteria. As described above, Champion’s Award criteria require that the team, performs well in all three judged areas (Project, Robot Design and Core Values) and receives a Robot Performance score in the top 40% of official Robot rounds among other requirements.
It is possible for a team to receive a 1st Place Core Award but not advance to Championship if their Robot Performance score is below the required threshold. Or, a team may win 1st Place in Robot Performance but not advance to Championship due to not having performed well in one or more of the three judged areas.
3) Is it possible to win the Robot Performance Award based on field/game score without doing the Project?
It is not possible to win the Robot Performance Award without doing the Project. Teams must participate in all 3 judged areas (Project, Core Values and Robot Design) and the Robot Game to be eligible for any Core Awards and Robot Performance is a Core Award. This rule encourages teams to embrace the spirit of discovery and focus on all aspects of the Challenge.
4) Can elimination or alliance rounds be used to determine Robot Performance Award?
The Robot Performance Award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5 minute matches and only the highest score out of the three matches counts. While some events may hold elimination or alliance matches for the excitement and fun, these may not be used to determine the Robot Performance Award. Instead, any awards provided for elimination or alliance matches may only be Local Awards. Note that scores from any alliance or elimination rounds will not be used to determine the Robot Performance bar (at or better than the top 40%) needed to be met for qualifier advancement or Champion’s Award consideration.
5) What happens if my team goes past 5 minutes when giving their Project presentation?
In Central California, our Project Judges will use their best judgement determining when to end the presentation. If they feel that the team is close to the end of their presentation after 5 minutes, they will let the team finish their presentation. However, if they feel that the team is not close to the end of their presentation, they will interrupt the presentation and begin the Q&A portion of the judging session. Your team should practice timing their presentation before the tournament to reduce the chance they will go over five minutes.
6) Can the Coach help the team setup their Project presentation?
As stated in the Project document, teams should plan a presentation that they are able to set up and break down with no adult help. The coach should refrain from helping the team setup any presentation materials or props. There may be rare instances when a presentation prop or other item is too bulky or heavy for team members to carry. In this instance, Central Valley Robotics permits the coach to assist the team, however, we recommend that teams avoid using large and bulky items that do not need a coach’s help.
7) Do tournament directors have the flexibility to create their own judging tools or additional requirements for teams, other than those specified in the Challenge document?
Each official tournament is held to a set of “Global Standards,” designed to provide a consistent experienced for teams attending official events. Some items, including the rubrics, are required to be used by events exactly as provided by FIRST. Other items may be modified to meet local needs.
Official tournaments will not have any new or additional requirements, such as a binder or video, other than the required items outlined in the Challenge document, Coaches’ Handbook, and FIRST website.
Central Valley Robotics does not require teams to present a Core Values Poster or Robot Design Executive Summary. In addition, some events may have completely optional additions that are only used for local awards. These local, optional additions will not be taken into account by the Judges for any Core Awards.
If you have any questions about what is required at your tournament, please contact Central Valley Robotics.