FAQ: Competition
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.

What are the rules for participating in a FIRST® Robotics Competition event?

All official rules for the current season are in the Game & Season Manual released at Kickoff.

The rules for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition game will be released with the game in January 2020.

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.

What are the rules for participating in a FIRST® Tech Challenge event?

All official rules for the current season are in the Game & Season Manual released at Kickoff.

Here are the 2019 rules.

What is an Expo event?

Expo events are available to all FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams registered with FIRST® Washington to showcase their projects for the current season. A typical event will last approximately 2-3 hours and are often held in conjunction with FIRST® LEGO® League, or FIRST® Robotics Competition events across the state. FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams must pay FIRST® Washington a participation fee, which includes team registration and Expo events, which must be paid at least a week prior to your event.

Registration Note: Each team that registers for an event will be sent an invoice of $50/team. This must be paid at least a week prior to your event. Payment using the invoice can be made with a credit card. If you need to send a check or purchase order, contact accounting@firstwa.org.

To Register for an FLL Jr. Expo event: Coming soon!

Registration Note: Each team that registers for an event will be sent an invoice of $50/team. This must be paid at least a week prior to your event. Payment using the invoice can be made with a credit card. If you need to send a check or purchase order, contact accounting@firstwa.org

To find the current schedule of EXPO events, go to the Events Calendar and search for “expo”

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