Awards at official NC FIRST LEGO League Challenge events recognize those teams that demonstrate extraordinary achievement in key areas central to the FLL program and mission. But, an important part of being a Coach is to help each team member to understand that the real reward is what they discover and learn, both from one another and through the FLL experience.
The judging process at FLL Challenge events is overseen by a key volunteer known as the Judge Advisor. The Judge Advisor leads the judging team and works with the tournament organizers to ensure that the event meets FLL judging standards. The Judge Advisor’s word is final when it comes to any judging questions or decisions at an event.
Each team will participate in 3 judged sessions at an official event corresponding to CORE VALUES, ROBOT DESIGN, and PROJECT. Each session is designed to create an opportunity for judges to observe and interact with the team. During the judging sessions, the judges will ask each team questions about their work and season. Judges are always free to use any questions they feel will help them assess and differentiate teams.
Each FLL Challenge judging session is supported by a rubric developed to help judges record their feedback. The rubrics guide the judges through key criteria that reflect what we believe is most important about the FLL experience. Rubrics also create a consistent way to differentiate between teams at different levels of achievement. Your team will be assessed as Beginning, Developing, Accomplished, or Exemplary in each category.
In addition to evaluating teams using the rubrics during scheduled interview sessions, judges may also use less formal conversations and observations throughout the event to learn more about teams. Remind your team that judges may not openly demonstrate who they are but, their ears and eyes are wide open. Lending a helping hand to a team that forgot to bring something speaks loudly about your team’s understanding of Gracious Professionalism.
To view a Combined Rubric:
For the list of awards typically distributed at an FLL Challenge event: