Link to the 1-11-2022 FTC Remote Judging Training meeting https://youtu.be/IzMv6Z1qnUQ
FTC Judging Checklist-
Here is a checklist for your FTC judging experience. Consider this as ‘judge training in a huge hurry’. There is more training available online!
Before the event if you can:
Visit firstinspires.org and login. Go to Volunteer Registration tab. Upper right should have a Training/Certification tab. Click it.
Find the FIRST Tech Challenge Judge section.
Here you will find the Judge / Judge Advisor Manual (good place to start).
Check out the Judge Summary Sheet. This sheet will be key to your day! You will be seeing 6 teams. If you wanted to print out 6 copies of this in advance, that could be useful if you are a paper/pencil kinda person. Otherwise, having that page open during the event is useful. We have an online version for you during the event as well.
The Judging Feedback Request form is located here (https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/ftc/judging-feedback-request-form.pdf) . Take a look. The scoring system has an online version of this form for each team, so you can take a peek so you know what’s coming. Feel free to login to ftc-scoring.firstinspires.org and try it out. It is live for judges already. Feel free to poke around.
If you can, try to pass the certification test!
Please join us at the appointed time on the day of your event. Time is tight, so please be on time.
https://ftc-scoring.firstinspires.org/ is the website to visit. Login like you are logging into the firstinspires website.
Click on your Event
Click on Judging
Click on Deliberation Room
That will get you into the meeting with your Judge Advisor. As a judge, your supervisor for the day is the Judge Advisor. Your JA will guide you through the rest of your day.
Judging sessions are usually followed by a judging deliberation session. These tend to run a little extra long (up to about 30 minutes). Your patience with us is appreciated.
Your role on the Presentation Panel
You and a partner or two interview each team (between 4 and 6 teams per panel). You are looking to subjectively evaluate up to 6 teams. For each team, watch their optional presentation. Ask them questions about their project, their process, their team. Try to find ways to satisfy your curiosity and to feel comfortable thinking about this teams place for each award. Use the Judge Summary sheet as a guide, but trust your gut and your feelings about each teams accomplishments. This is subjective judging. Your favorite teams are the winners in the end. The quick checklist for each team
- In your judging panel team, at the appointed time, admit the team into your panel room.
- Say hello, be friendly, start with a ‘If you would like, you can do up to 5 minutes of presentation to start’
- Listen to between 0 and 5 minutes of optional presentation by the team. Don’t interrupt them for the first 5 minutes
- After 5 minutes, feel free to ask questions. Let the conversation guide you, but also let the Judge Summary sheet help keep you organized
- At the 15ish minute mark, thank the team and excuse them. There is a button to dismiss the team.
- Spend about 5 minutes as a panel going through their teams Engineering Portfolio.
- Discuss as a panel things of note about the team you just saw. Try to evaluate them against the criteria for each award. Make good notes about each team using the online system.
- Check to see if they requested feedback. If so, give feedback to the team.
Your judging panel team should produce one single set of information. Working with your partners, you will create a single list of nominees for each of the 6 awards. Don’t worry about the Inspire award, it has a slightly different process. You want to create a ranked list of 1 or 2 nominees for each award. Having said that, rank the three highest teams for each award. If you don’t have a team worthy of an award, do not nominate one! We are looking for good teams, not the least worst.
You are working on awards for Think, Connect, Motivate, Innovate, Design, and Control
This should get you on the path. There are more steps that follow, but we will guide you through those day of. This should get you started for your first set of tasks.