How is the Champion’s Award determined? Are certain weights used?
The Champion’s Award recognizes a team that “embodies the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.”
At an official event, judges will look for balanced, strong performance across all three areas; this means that all three judged sessions (Core Values, Robot Design, and Project) are weighted equally to determine the initial group of Champion Award candidates.
All candidates must also meet the following requirements:
- Robot: the team must score in the top 40% of all teams participating in the Robot Game at the event.
- Project: the team must complete all parts of the Project, including the identification of a real-world problem related to the Challenge theme, creation of an innovative solution, and sharing their research and solution with others, as well as any other season-specific requirements that may exist.
- Core Values: the team must adhere to all Core Values throughout the event and the season.
All candidate teams are then reviewed during a deliberative process that considers Robot Performance placement and other qualitative factors. The final determination of the award winner(s) is based on a vote of the full judging panel.