Dear VADCFLL members,
I'm forwarding the email below as I think this could be a great opportunity to learn from others.  As a coach, I am often too busy coaching to take in all that is going on at the tournaments.  
Some benefits of volunteering at the Maryland Tournament:
1. Gain insight to the judging process by being a judge.
2. Learn from other teams by seeing their robots and/or presentations as a judge.
3. Meet others who have similar interests.
Read on below for more details...
Cari Norton
FLL Coach 2008 RoboRubiks
FLL Coach 2007 RoboForce
FLL Mentor 2006 Techbrick
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 Looking for Volunteers to Help Judge the MD Tournament on Saturday, January 31, at UMBC in Baltimore, MD.     


Click here to get more information and register to volunteer:

We need 90 judges for Saturday, 31 January!

You are receiving this email because you have shown an interest in being a FLL judge or you have the potential to identify volunteers who enjoy working with budding engineers and scientists in the 8-13 year old range.  Please feel free to forward this email to other qualified individuals with similar interests.
The goal of Saturday, 31 January is to first celebrate the hard work of the 80+ teams (probably 500+ youngsters) that will be competing and second, to select the most qualified team to send to the International FLL Competition in Atlanta.

Judging categories and qualifications:

1.  Technical Robot Design – This category judges the technical merits of the robot in terms of innovation, programming, and mechanical design.  Judges should have computer, scientific or technical backgrounds.  Contact Technical Team Leader, Rusty Burrow, ([log in to unmask]) to volunteer in this category.

2.  Research Project Presentation – Each team identifies a problem related to the challenge theme (Climate Connections this year) and presents a research project/solution to that problem.   Judges rank the quality/merits of each team’s presentation.  Judges should have backgrounds in the technical/scientific/ research fields.  Contact [log in to unmask] to volunteer in this category. 

3.  Teamwork – “Gracious Professionalism” is one of the mantras of the FLL.  Teams are scored on how they interact with each other, other teams, and the community.  Judges need not have technical backgrounds.  Any leader who recognizes, practices or teaches teamwork would make an exceptional judge.    Good prospects are team coaches, military professionals, teachers, police officers, etc.  How about an Eagle Scout? Contact John Schnell ([log in to unmask]) to volunteer in this category.

Judges will need to attend a short training session (time and date to be determined) and to be at the UMBC competition from approximately 7:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, January 31.

Please volunteer!  I promise it will be a day you will always remember. Don’t hesitate to call if I can be of assistance.

Click here to get more information and register to volunteer:

John Schnell
Maryland FLL Judge Coordinator
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