For the Robot Game, there is typically one practice round and three competition rounds. Only the highest score of a competition round counts. Each rounds starts with “1-2-3- Lego” and is 2:30 minutes. One minute is given to set up prior to a round starting. Don’t worry, a round will not start until all teams are ready.
Only two team members are allowed at the table at once. The team members not at the table stay behind a line near the table or off stage.
For robot operators, your team has two options:
- Substitution Method – the team rotates operators during a round. Two people start the robot and then two other team members sub-in throughout the round.
- Starter Team Method – two people have the role of starters. They are the only two people operating the robot during a round.
Learning how to operate and setup the robot takes lots of practice. I typically allocated two weeks for starter team practice. My team opted for the Starter Team Method. We would have two Starter Teams. Team one would do the practice and first round and team two would do the third and fourth rounds.
At the conclusion of the round, a team member will need to sign the scoring sheet.
Check with your tournament to see if they will provide a table or chair for robot attachments. Most tournaments do provide a table or chair but when my team was at the LEGOLand Invitational, no tables were provided. We had actually purchased a table and ended up lending it to multiple teams.
We take our own table to every tournament. For my team’s table, we purchased a Adjustable Height Activity Table – Plastic Dev Group® at Target. We also did a color template for different attachments. The template helped the team ensure they had all the attachments. It also made pit stops faster, saving time.