Team Interviews

Teams have spent a significant amount of time designing, building, programming their robot, and learning what it takes to be a part of a team. For many FTC teams, the event is the reward for all their hard work throughout the season. While there are several types of events, they all offer a fun and exciting way for teams to demonstrate the result of their efforts.

The judged awards represent another positive way we recognize teams who embody important values like teamwork, creativity, innovation, and the value of the engineering design process. These judging guidelines are a part of the road map to success.


Formal interviews will take place in the morning during inspection time (after registration and before opening ceremonies). We will have technical and non-technical judges in the interviews. After interviews, the judges will be observing the matches and speaking to teams in the pits in order to gather a full spectrum of the teams and their dynamics. Judging criteria is standardized by FIRST. Please see the game manual (part 1) for more information about each award.

At FIRST Tech Challenge events, there are generally three parts to the judging process: Criteria Below

1) Interview with judges

2) Evaluation of performance during the tournament

3) Evaluation of the Engineering Notebook.

Each team will have a ten minute interview with a panel of two or three judges.
Please have at least two student team representatives (if not all) and the robot available; the entire team is encouraged to participate. Mentors (no more than two) are welcome.

Additionally, Judges will be walking the pits and observing the matches. Feel free to talk with them about your team, robot, and goals.

Optional: If your team has Promote or Compass Videos, you can upload them here, PRIOR to the tournament.


Judging Criteria:

Teams receive awards at FTC Qualifying Tournaments in recognition of their achievements in robot design, creativity, innovation, team performance, outreach and enthusiasm. Giving awards for outstanding achievement builds self-esteem in students and is a great way to encourage them to continue pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The highest level of achievement at an FTC competition is the Inspire AwardTeams will advance based on FTC advancement criteria to the State Championship Tournament, and possibly to the Eastern SuperRegional in Scranton, PA, and may even earn a spot a the World Championship in St. Louis, Mo.


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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