Teams participate in all four FIRST LEGO League Challenge categories
During the preparation for FIRST LEGO League Challenge you will look at the areas Robot, Research and Core Values.
On the tournament day judges and referees are scoring you in the following four categories:
- Robot Game
- Robot Design
- Core Values
NEW starting with the 2020/21 season:
Instead of the previous category Teamwork there is now the category Core Values. For the categories Research, Robot Design and Core Values there is only one combined juding session. It takes 35 minutes in total, coaches and spectators are allowed during the entire time. There is an unique evaluation sheet for every category, you can download the sheets here. Take a look at the detailed flowchart for the juding session:
At the awarding ceremony at the end of the tournament day, all teams will receive certificates and medals in recognition of their achievements. The best teams of the categories will receive awards.
NEW starting with the 2020/21 season: One team can only win one award. If it already won the first place in one category, a team can only be awarded second place at a maximum in other categories. The exceptions are the awards for Robot Game and Coaching:Teams that have won in these categories, can receive another award.
The evaluation sheets filled out by the jury for each category serve as a basis for the rankings, but not as a mathematical calculation of the rankings.
The highlight of the awards ceremony is the announcement of the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Champion. This award is given to the team that shows the best results overall in all categories. The points from the categories Robot Game, Research, Robot Design and Core Values are equally weighted in the overall ranking.
For your preparation for the tournaments we have put together a lot of resources here, e.g. tips on how to get connected with other teams of the season video for the referees.
In the preparation phase you will design and program a robot based on the LEGO MINDSTORMS system (RCX, NXT, EV3, Robot Inventor) or LEGO SPIKE Prime. The task of the robot is to solve as many missions on the Challenge playing mat autonomously as possible and to collect points.
Here you can download the scoring sheet, building instructions and an excerpt of the Robot Game Rulebook for the 2020/21 RePLAY season. For all teams participating in remote tournaments, here is also info on how to record the Robot Game.
In this video for the Robot Game missions for the RePLAY season you can see exactly which missions there are and how they are scored.
Here are the steps to prepare:
- Learn about the topic: Try to learn as much as possible about the topic in general before you commit to a specific topic. Use different sources such as the internet, books, newspapers, interviews with experts, etc.
Use the time before the kick-off (mission publication) to research the topic of the year before you get detailed information about the research project.
- Find a research question: Make a list of different topics that interest you. Select a topic from this list. Think together about a problem related to the topic. Use it to formulate your research question. Now find out as much as possible about that particular topic.
- Work out an innovative solution: Work out an innovative solution to the problem you have chosen – a solution that makes life easier by improving something that already exists, by using something that exists differently, or by inventing something completely new.
- Share your results with others: Once you have a plan for your solution, share it with others! For example, introduce your research and your solution to people who will benefit from it. Or you can present it to the experts who helped you. Think about who else might be interested in your solution. Consider someone who can give you good feedback. Accepting good suggestions and making improvements is part of the development process. Don't be afraid to present your ideas – if it gives you helpful feedback.
Find a creative way to present your research project and solution. Your presentation can be supported by different formats: Posters, pictures, models, multimedia, your research material etc. Be creative, but don't forget to include all important information in the presentation.
You will find the exact tasks for your research in the team documents (team guide and engineering notebook), which the coaches can download in their coach account. Get inspired by the Robot Game missions and the project ideas in the team documents.
- Before the robot can solve the Robot Game tasks, you have to build and program the robot.
- Collect ideas for the construction of the robot and create several concepts for the robot's base and attachments.
- Plan and build several prototypes to try out different ideas and then implement the best ideas for the actual robot.
In this document you can find tipps for your five-minute Robot Design explanation, e.g. about the aspects that the jury finds most interesting. It helps you to prepare well for this part of the jury session.
All FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams, coaches, mentors and organizers know the FIRST Core Values and act according to them. They describe our way of working together, which is characterized by respectful cooperation.
- Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
- Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
- Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
- Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
- Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
- Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!
- Respecting each other and accepting differences, discovering new talents and ideas, working creatively and persistently, applying and improving what you have learned, working together and having fun at work are among the core values of FIRST LEGO League Challenge and make a good team.
- Make sure that you put these core values into practice during the preparation period and during the day of the tournament.
- Set your own goals with regard to your participation.
- The goal for rookie teams should be to participate in a regional tournament after the preparation period, even if not all tasks have been completed.
- From the second season on, teams usually set more specific goals. Write down your goals so that you can check at the end of the season to see if the goals you set have been met. Goals for teams can be, for example: learning together, working and finding solutions, sharing experiences and knowledge with others, showing respect and fairness.
- Starting with the 2020/21 season you will present your Research, Robot Design and Core Values in one combined judging session to the jury. This session takes 35 minutes and takes place in a room. This is new, up until now there were three separate sessions.
- Read the flowchart about the judging session that is available for download on this site carefully. You will see: Core Values is the third category during the judging session.
- You cannot prepare for this category in the traditional sense. Rather, it is important that you have already internalized the FIRST core values in the preparation time and live them.
- NEW starting with the 2020/21 season: There is no team task anymore. The jury will ask you questions to get into a conversation with you. It is about your experiences and your teamwork during the entire season.
- The award in the "Core Values" category goes to the team that has shown the greatest enthusiasm, the best sporting spirit, the most extraordinary respect for its own team members and the most support for other teams in the competition.
NEW starting with the 2020/21 season
Hurray for our coaches and co-coaches!
With the award for the best coaching we honour the best coach or coaching team. The nomination is made by the team on the day of the tournament using a form. On this form you will have to write a reason and convince the jury why exactly your coaches deserve the award. Be creative and show us what makes the very best coaches.
The whole jury decides on this award. There is no separate evaluation for this.
FIRST LEGO League Challenge Champion
This trophy is given for the overall success of the team and for the implementation of the FIRST LEGO League Challenge values. It includes the four core elements of the competition: Robot Game, Research, Robot Design and Core Values. All categories are counted equally into the overall ranking.
The ranking for the FIRST LEGO League Champion is created mathematically by the results of the evaluation sheets. In case of a tie between two or more teams, the jury decides in a joint session which team will receive the award. The rankings in the individual categories are then discussed and the awards allocated.
Please note: The basis for the evaluation of the Robot Game in regards to the Champion is the score of the best match from the three preliminary rounds. Therefore, a team does not necessarily have to qualify for the final rounds of the Robot Game to become FIRST LEGO League Challenge Champion.
For all FIRST LEGO League Challenge tournaments in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the same evaluation sheets are used by the jury and the same referee sheets are used by the referees at the Robot Game.