Below is guidance given to judges. The guidance applies to all divisions.
Core Values Judging
Core Values Poster is optional in the VA-DC region. A Core Values Poster is encouraged as it provides a conversation guide for both rookie and experienced teams.
1. ~ 5 minutes – Teamwork Activity: When your team enters the judging room, they will be given a short, fun activity while the Judges observe how the team works together. Team introductions should be extremely brief.
2. ~ 5 minutes – Questions and Answers: Time reserved for the Core Values Judges to ask questions about the Teamwork Activity, your displayed Core Values Poster and the season. Core Values Posters are optional in VA-DC. Teams with posters and team without posters should be weighted equally.
1. 5 minutes – Project Presentation: When your team enters the judging room, they will have 5 minutes to present their project. All setup is included in the 5 minutes and no adults should help with setup. Team introductions should be extremely brief.
2. 5 minutes – Questions and Answers: Judges will ask questions related to the Project Rubric.
A Robot Design Executive Summary (RDES) is optional in our region. RDES is encouraged as it provides a conversation guide for both rookie and experienced teams.
1. ~ 4 minutes – Robot Presentation and Trial Run: When the team enters the judging room, they should be prepared to present their robot and conduct one trial run. Team introductions should be extremely brief.
Robot Presentation (Verbal or written)
The robot presentation should cover the following:
a. Robot Facts
b. Design Details (Fun, Strategy, Design Process)
c. Mechanical Design
Run the robot briefly to demonstrate how it completes the mission(s) of the team’s choice. Please do not do an entire robot round.
2. ~ 6 minutes – Questions and Answers: Judges will ask questions related to the Robot Design Rubric. It is highly recommended each team have a means of showing some programming.
VA-DC Judge Advisor
Some questions/clarifications that I have regarding the Project Presentation:
1. For Div II participants, is the project presentation time still total of 5 minutes ?
Or, is it 5 minutes for problem description and then 5 minutes for the innovative solution description ...? What is the total time allowed for the kids to present whatever material , show, and posters they bring for Div II ?
2. When does the time count, as soon as the students enter the room ?
3. The team has created a PowerPoint Presentation, however we do not know whether the room has a projector with screen to present the PowerPoint ? Will the participants be allowed enough time to find and connect the cables, and ensure the laptop screen project on the screen available in the room ?
4. Are the students allowed to bring a projector of their own ? If they bring the projector, how will they know beforehand where the power socket would be and whether the cables connecting the laptop to the projector and the projector power cable will be long enough ?
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