FAQ: Awards
FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE

How are teams judged at competitions and what awards are there for FIRST® Robotics Competition teams participating?

Judges for FIRST® Robotics Competition select team award recipients through interaction with teams, review documentation regarding team background information to familiarize judges with teams, and serve as role models for the students. Judges have the ability to positively impact quality of event and have an opportunity to coach students on career paths.

Here are descriptions of the awards that are based upon team attributes.

Here are descriptions of the awards that are based upon machine, creativity, and innovation.

How are teams judged at competitions and what awards are there for FIRST® Tech Challenge teams participating?

At FIRST® Tech Challenge tournaments, there are three parts to the judging process:
1) interview with judges;
2) evaluation of performance during the tournament
3) evaluation of the engineering notebook.

Each team will have a ten to fifteen minute “fact-finding” interview with a panel of two or three judges. At the start of the interview, students will get a minimum of 5 minutes to present to the judges. After the Team’s five-minute presentation, the Judges will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Team, the Robot, outreach efforts, etc.

The judges’ interviews take place before any Qualification Matches so the entire team may be interviewed. When teams arrive at the tournament, the interview schedule should be included in the registration materials. Teams must know when they will be interviewed and arrive to the interview room early. Each team should have at least two student team representatives and the robot available; the entire team is encouraged to join
in. Mentors (no more than two) are welcome to watch the Judges’ Interview at most tournaments but cannot take part in the interview.

Teams may not opt out of judges’ interviews. Teams may attend
their scheduled judges’ interviews if their robots have not passed inspection.

Here are additional resources for FTC Tournament judging.

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. The final determination of the award winner(s) is based on a vote of the full judging panel.

How are teams judged at competitions and what awards are there for FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams participating?

In FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., every team and team member’s achievements are celebrated!
Official FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expos are held by our Affiliate Partners around the world. Every team is recognized at an Expo for the work they have completed. Some Partners opt to give each team a named award as well, though this is not required.

How are teams judged at competitions and what awards are there for FIRST® LEGO® League teams participating?

FIRST® LEGO® League is known around the globe not only for what we do (the Robot Game and Project) but also how we do it, with Core Values at the heart. The FLL Judging Rubrics are used for judging reflect these three equally important aspects of FIRST® LEGO® League.

Official tournaments must follow the judging and awards structure determined by FIRST® LEGO® League. Although the audience mostly sees teams playing the Robot Game at tournaments, teams are also being judged on:

The Core Values Poster and the Robot Design Executive Summary are additional tools that may be used to help facilitate discussion in the Core Values and Robot Design judging sessions at official events. FIRST® Washington will distribute instructions to teams outlining the information to be included if we require the Core Values Poster and/or the Robot Design Executive Summary at our events.

The Core Values Poster and the Robot Design Executive Summary will be used as part of the judging at the World Festival.

About Judging

  • Teams must participate in all elements of a FIRST® LEGO® League competition including the Robot Game and all three judged areas in order to be eligible for any Core Award.
  • Judges use the rubrics to help them determine which teams will receive awards.
  • With the exception of the Robot Performance Award, awards are determined by a deliberation process, which is formulated around discussions of team performance in each category.
  • If a team does not exhibit Core Values at a tournament, they may be disqualified from winning any awards – including Robot Performance – no matter how well they scored.
  • Adults are strictly prohibited from directing team members or interfering with the judging process or robot rounds in any way.
  • No team is allowed to win two awards unless one of the awards is for Robot Performance. Robot Performance is the only category based solely on score.
  • While they may attend other events for fun, teams are only eligible to win awards at the first official event of each qualifying level attended during the season.

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