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All VA/DC FLL tournaments use the same process.  We have a training session each fall for all of the regional tournaments to make sure everyone is aware of any changes that might have happened and to make sure that they are using the correct process. 
 
Awards are determined by the full judging panel with the exception of robot performance, which is awarded to the team(s) with the highest score(s).  All teams are considered and discussed.  There are no scores for the judging so teams are ranked by the judging rooms and then discussed with the full panel of judges at the end of the tournament.
 
Karen
 
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Scoring question
From: Madhuker Penta <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, December 06, 2012 3:52 pm
To: <[log in to unmask]>

The explanation seems very interesting.  But the following statement, is it followed in every regional tournament:
All candidate teams are then reviewed during a deliberative process that considers Robot Performance placement and other qualitative factors.  Final determination of the award winner(s) is based on a vote of the full judging panel.


From: Robot Bill <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2012 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Scoring question

Just to make things clear, it is the top 40% of all teams participating in the Robot Game, not the top 40% of the scores. Sometimes people get confused over that nuance.

http://firstlegoleague.org/event/judgingfaq

Q: How is the Champion’s Award determined?  Are certain weights used?

A: FLL’s Champion’s Award recognizes a team that “embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.” 
At an official event judges will look for balanced, strong performance across all 3 areas; this means that all three judged sessions (Core Values, Robot Design, and Project) are weighted equally to determine the initial group of Champion’s candidates.  All candidates must also meet the following requirements:
  • Robot: The team must score in the top 40% of all teams participating in the Robot Game at the event.
  • Project: The team must complete all parts of the Project, including the identification of a real world problem related to the Challenge theme, creation of an innovative solution and sharing their research and solution with others, as well as any other season-specific requirements that may exist.
  • Core Values: The team must adhere to all Core Values throughout the event and the season.
All candidate teams are then reviewed during a deliberative process that considers Robot Performance placement and other qualitative factors.  Final determination of the award winner(s) is based on a vote of the full judging panel.



On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM, Ralph Grove <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Just to clarify the process - there are no scores for judged events. Only the robot performance competition is scored. The Champions award and all other awards for judged events are determined through deliberation by the judging panels, not by numbers. There is no overall team score.

The only relevant score in judged award deliberations is in the 40% rule: Only teams scoring in the top 40% of robot performance may receive a Champions award.

Ralph


On 12/5/12 7:20 PM, Ashit Kumar wrote:
I am a little confused as to how the top 40% are counted for
eligibility for overall awards in the tournament. I was under the
impression that the teams top score in the table rounds is counted for
eligibility. Thereafter, the scores in the judging session are used to
determine the overall team scores.

During the regional tournament at Eagle Ridge MS, the scorekeepers
kept running averages for each team and told me that the average score
was used to determine eligibility (top 40%) and and contributed to the
overall score. This is not what I understood to be the case last year.

A clarification would be welcome.

Thanks



--
Ralph F Grove, Ph.D.
Professor
James Madison University Department of Computer Science

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