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Scott Rakestraw <[log in to unmask]>
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Scott Rakestraw <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 13 Sep 2015 11:17:19 -0400
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Welcome to the Trash Trek season.  Everyone is excited about the robot and
missions, but that is just part of First Lego League.   In addition to robot
performance, teams will participate in Core Values, Project/Research and
Robot Design judging sessions.   These components are a big part of First
LEGO League.    Here is some information to help you prepare. 


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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