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Scott Rakestraw <[log in to unmask]>
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Scott Rakestraw <[log in to unmask]>
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Here is some information to help you prepare for judging.   


Judging Rubric

Judges use a rubric to score teams in the judging rooms.  The rubric for all
judging rooms can be downloaded at 
ned-rubrics-2015.pdf.   At the end of the tournament, you should receive a
copy of the rubric for your team.   To prepare, have your team review the


Team Information Sheet

For each judging room, have a Team Information Sheet.  You can find the
template at 
nfoSheet-fixed-12-2-11.pdf.  The team information sheet helps the judge
remember the team.   Also, judges love it when teams introduce themselves.


Project Judging Room

For Project, you will have 5 minutes, including setup time, to present your
solution.   After you present, there will be a 5 minute Q&A.  


Robot Design

This is an opportunity for the team to discuss and demonstrate their robot.
Plan for a 10 minute judging session.  There will be a mission table setup
for the team to use.  Teams should be prepared to run missions and discuss
how they built and programmed their robot.  I would highly recommend having
some program print outs.  Not all of your programs, just what you want to
highlight.  If your team chooses to prepare a technical notebook that shows
the evolution of the strategy, robot and programming, that can be


Core Values

For Core Values, teams will be given a challenge and less than 5 minutes to
conduct the challenge.   After the challenge, there will be a brief Q&A
session.  There is very high probability the team will be asked about
Gracious Professionalism, Core Values and CoopertitionT.  


Judging Rooms

Judging sessions are closed sessions.  The team plus 3 observers (two
coaches/mentors and one historian are allowed to observe).  You can just
send in the team and no observers.  To demonstrate core values, teams should
be silent while waiting outside a judging room.  Judging rooms are typically
class rooms.  You will need bring in all your presentation supplies.  (Note,
Robot Design will have a mission table setup.  You do not need to provide
mission components.)


Helpful Resources < >  - StartingPoints
Weekly Core Values Challenge Newsletter < >  - great team resources < >   - worksheets, printable mat
and elements images < >   - Shared
lessons and resources from an experienced coach and judge < >  - Shared lessons
and resources from an experienced coach and judge.
< >  - VA-DC FLL Resources Page


I hope you find this information useful.  First Lego League is a community
of volunteers and there are many people and resources for teams.    If you
have questions about judging, please contact me at [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> .  If the answer to your question is likely to
benefit the group at large, I will respond via the list serve.   I would
also encourage you to volunteer at a tournament.  Volunteering to judge is
one the best ways to learn.  Sign-up to volunteer at .


Scott Rakestraw 

Judge Advisor

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