Team Information: Check-In, Judging, and Robot Rounds

Event Check In Process:

Please make sure you have emailed us for verification that you have registered for this event and have read the content on this site. Check-in at the event we be much smoother if we have this information from you ahead of time. See the Team Verification page for more information.

The event registration fee of $50 will be collected upon check-in at the event. Please bring cash or a check made out to Greenwich Academy with “FLL Robotics” in the memo line.

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Upon check-in at the event, you will:

1. Notify the check in volunteers of your team (name and number), # of students, # of coaches

2. Submit tournament fee and TIMS Team list (or FIRST consent/release forms)

3. Verify pizza/drink order (add/change) and submit payment

4. Receive team packet with various schedules, maps, pit information, and mentor award nomination sheets.

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REMINDER to COACHES regarding FIRST CONSENT FORMS

There was a hard copy of the consent/release form in past years, but FIRST has moved this online. You will find a link at the bottom of your/the team information system (TIMS) page on the main FLL registration page that allows you to invite parents by putting in their email address. This then sends them a link to an online consent form that they fill out. When you come to the tournament, you will bring a printed roster that lists your students’ consent status on it. Let us know if you need any additional help. If you need paper consent forms we will have them at check-in for team members to fill out. Additional copies are available here for you to print, fill out, and bring with you to the event. This will expedite the check-in process.

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Robot Competition Rules:

Official FLL 2017 Challenge, Hydro Dynamics, will be used to be consistent with the FLL program and the CT-FLL State Tournament. Scoring for the robot will be based on the highest achieved score for a single challenge attempt. Each team will get 3-4 runs (at 2.5 minutes each) on the Robot Challenge Field, with the team’s highest score as their final score. Depending on the number of teams attending, more rounds may be added if time permits and there may be stand-in/surrogate (un-scored) matches if there are an odd number of teams.

“Driver Swapping” is permitted at this event. There will be plenty of room for changing drivers, as well as team member support near the tournament area. Please respect the boundaries set by the event staff.

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Interviews and Presentations:

Team Project Presentation: Each team will have approximately 5 minutes to present to a Research Presentation Panel (1-2 adults or school students/FTC), You will have approximately 1-2 minutes to get set up prior to the timer starting. But please know the 5 minutes is a firm time limit. There will be a short question/answer and feedback period following the presentation, not to exceed 5 minutes as well. FLL Animal Allies Team Project Judging criteria will be used to score the presentations.

Electricity will be provided in all presentation rooms, however a projector/projection screen may or may not be available in the rooms. If your team uses this equipment to present, you may want to bring those materials with you.

Teamwork/Core Values interview:  Each team will be assigned a time to participate in a judged teamwork session. Each team will be given an activity to do (in 5 minutes) and be evaluated by two Core Value Judges (1-2 adults or high school students/FTC). Upon completion of the activity, a follow-up discussion will occur (5 minutes). This is a great way to demonstrate positive interactions between team members. FLL criteria will be used. CORE VALUE POSTERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT THIS EVENT.

Robot / mechanical & design interview: Teams will be assigned a time to be at their pit in order to be interviewed by the Robot Design Panel of judges (2 adults or high school students/FTC). This short interview will allow the team to discuss the mechanics, design, and programming of their robot. A standard rubric will be used using the FLL criteria. This informal session is a great way for each team member to show what he or she knows. You may use the practice board to demonstrate a mission or two, if one is available. FLL criteria will be used.

All presentations/interviews will begin shortly after the competition rounds begin. We will try to ensure that no team has a conflicting schedule (two places at the same time). If a conflict arises, the robot round takes precedence. Interviews are easily rescheduled. 

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Trophies will be presented in the following FLL award categories: 

In addition to trophies, each team member and coach will be presented with a “Animal Allies” commemorative pin as a reminder of their participation. There will be a handout in your team packet (at registration) outlining the various award categories.

  • Champion’s Award
  • Robot Awards
    • Mechanical Design
    • Strategy and Programming
    • Robot Performance (score)
  • Project Awards
    • Innovative Solution
    • Presentation
  • Core Value Awards
    • Inspiration
    • Teamwork
    • Gracious Professionalism
  • Judges Awards
    • to be determined by the judges

There will also be mentor/volunteer awards presented at this event. Each team will be able to submit information about their adult mentors, youth mentors, and team volunteers at the event. This is a great way to acknowledge the adults or other high school helpers involved with FLL.

Since this is a FIRST event, gracious professionalism and courtesy is expected from every attendee at all times. Please be kind to one another, assist others when needed, and be gracious in all you do. Remember, you are representing your school/team/town, and you want to leave the best impression behind.

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