Photo – National Weather Service in Dulles, VA. My teams had the opportunity to launch a weather balloon as part of Nature’s Fury.
FIRST LEGO League Project is an opportunity for teams to tackle a real-world issue. Project has three main components:
- Real-World Problem
- Innovative Solution
Project will also cover elements outlined in the Animal Allies Challenge, scheduled for release on August 30th.
To be considered for Champion Awards, each team must complete the Problem Identification, Team Solution, and Sharing components of the Project Rubric.
Project Presentation (5 minutes, including setup time)
Teams will have 5 minutes to present their project to the Judges. The five minutes includes setup time. Teams can be creative about how they present their project. Presentation styles can include a skit, PowerPoint presentation, song, puppet show or whatever the team can imagine. Presentations must be live, they CANNOT be pre-recorded.
I would highly recommend a no- or low-tech format. The five minutes includes setup time, and if audiovisual equipment fails, there is no do over. Your five minutes is your five minutes, no exceptions. It is expected that the youth will handle all setup.
The project should cover the elements outlined in the Project Rubric: Research, Innovative Solution, and Presentation.
Project Q&A (5 minutes)
Each team will have 5 minutes of Q&A with the judges. The team will be asked about components on the rubric, items in their project notebook (optional), and how they found inspiration for their idea.
Teams are judged in three areas: Research, Innovative Solution and Presentation. To understand the criteria, please see the Project Rubric at http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/fll/judging-rubrics. At the end of a tournament, you will receive a completed rubric with feedback from the judges.
You can view a video of my Capital Teens team’s Trash Trek presentation at https://www.startingpoints.com/sample-project-presentation/. Please note this is a VA-DC Championship team composed of 8th graders who have been in FIRST LEGO League for four years. They have competed at LEGOLAND and Worlds. If you are a younger or rookie team, just do your best and have fun. It took this team four years to reach this point.