Robot Design is the team’s opportunity to demonstrate their robot’s mechanical design and programming. The team should also cover their robot game strategy and robot innovation.
Robot Design Judging is 10 minutes, and the team will be expected to run missions and discuss some of their programming. There will be a mission table set up for the team to use. Have the robot on and ready to run when you enter the room. Plan to run two missions at a minimum. Also, be prepared with printouts of programs to share with the judges, or to show them your programs using a device.
Hint: Robot consistency is a challenge for most if not all teams. When judging, I actually count the number of times I hear – “That’s the first time it didn’t work.”
Teams can have a prepared presentation, but keep in mind the judges want a conversation, not a speech. Use your prepared material as a guide and reference, not as a presentation. The judges are ascertaining the team’s understanding of their robot, programming and strategy. A memorized presentation does not provide the opportunity to delve into the team’s understanding.
Here is a link to the Robot Design Executive Summary (RDES). Some tournaments require it, and for others it is optional. For my region (VA-DC), it is optional due to a compressed season.
Be prepared for the team to be split. Judges will sometimes split a team and cover design and programming in different conversations. This means teams can’t rely on one person understanding the robot and missions, because that person may end up in the other group after a split.
Hint: Programming can be innovative.
Teams are judged in three areas: Mechanical Design, Programming and Strategy & Innovation. 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.
Technical Binder (Optional)
It is never a bad idea to keep a technical binder documenting your robot design process and changes. If you keep a binder, be sure to bring it to Robot Design Judging. If you do bring it, make sure team members are familiar with it and can address questions about it.