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Scott Rakestraw <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:30:36 -0400
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In my tournament experience there is typically a team that has the highest
score but did not advance.  To those not familiar with all components of
FLL, it is confusing on how a team can have the highest score but not
advance.  The Robot Game is the most visible but it is just one of 4
components of FLL.  Core Values, Project and Robot Design are judged using
the rubric, 
tival/SeniorSolutions/Project%20Rubric.pdf.  Don't just focus on robot
performance, the judging rooms matter.  


Key Points:

-          Each judging session is 10 minutes

-          Only 2 coaches/mentors and 1 historian is allowed with the team
in the judging room

-          Robot Design Judging - teams will discuss the mechanics and
programming of their robots.  Be prepared to run the robot and to show

-          Research Project Judging - teams will present their research,
problem, solution and how they shared their project.  Teams are allocated
only 5 minutes to present. 

-          Core Values Judging - teams are given a "surprise" 5 minute task.
After they complete the task, they will discuss Gracious Professionalism and
Core Values.

-          Core Values is observed throughout the tournament, this includes
parents - not just team members.  One of the best places to practice core
values is at the practice table.

-          Most important - Have Fun!  


Challenge Project Update - - 

GASSES: "TRASH" VS. "A TRASH PROBLEM" - Update. Your team is not allowed to
choose a gas as your "piece

of trash" or "trash item" this season. For example, car exhaust or the
carbon dioxide you breathe out DO NOT count as

trash. However, sometimes disposing of an item might cause a harmful gas to
be released. For example, when food scraps

decompose in a landfill, they may give off methane gas. The harmful gas may
be your team's problem as long as your

original piece of trash is an allowed item.


Every week we sent out a core values challenge to help teams prepare for
tournament.  If you are interested, sign-up at .
This week the challenge is Stepping Stones.


If you have questions on Project, Core Values or Robot Design, post to the
list serve.   Experienced coaches and judges will provide guidance.  



Scott Rakestraw

Judge Advisor

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