Become a Judge
The biggest difference between the FIRST LEGO League and other robotics programs is the focus on science, research and the development of practical solutions to real world problems. All teams must research the yearly theme (this year is Senior Solutions), choose a related problem, and propose an innovative solution. Judges evaluate the innovative solution, the manner in which it is presented, the team work skills, and the quality of the robot.
The FLL Judges are essential to the FLL program. They are present at every tournament. They act as role models to the budding scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs of the FLL. They offer their professional experience, view points and knowledge to help the young generation to get a glimpse of a future as productive adults.
Technical judges interview each team to understand the design and programming of the team’s Lego robot. Ideally technical judges should have a technical background or education. Judging takes place in a room equipped with an FLL challenge table so judges can observe each team’s robot in action.
FLL teams prepare and present a five minute research project on a topic related to the competition theme of Food Factor – Keeping Food Safe. Presentations are judged on creativity, innovativeness, and the quality of the research done by the team.
Core Value Judges
Core Value judging involves observing and questioning teams to get a sense of their understanding and following the FLL Core Values. Teams are evaluated on gracious professionalism, confidence and enthusiasm.
All new judges must attend a two hour training session on the evening of Thursday, January 10th, 2013. Judges must also be available on the Friday evening before event day to help with set up and quality assurance. Finally, on event day judges will be kept busy meeting with teams, asking questions, and assessing robots or projects.
If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail:
- January 10th, 2013, Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Training
- January 18th, 2013, Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Set-up
- January 19st, 2013, Saturday 8:15am – 3:00pm: Tournament