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Title: FRC Presentation

The FRC Judge Team What They Wish You Knew About
  • The FRC Judge Team
  • Who are these people?
  • What are they up to?
  • Six tips for presenting your accomplishments

Who Are These People?
  • The judge team is comprised of volunteers who
    support the goals and mission of FIRST. They
    want to see every team be successful, learn, and
    grow from the experience.
  • Judges are
  • Engineers
  • Scientist
  • Educators
  • Business and Community Leaders

Who Are These People?
Judges are always serious, never have fun, and
have no sense of humor.
What Are The Judges Up To?
  • The judge team is evaluating how well an FRC team
    has embraced the FIRST program with regard to
  • Team dynamics
  • Project planning
  • Technical achievement
  • Quality
  • Judging is accomplished according to a defined
    criteria for each award.
  • Every FRC team should know and understand the
    awards and the judging criteria for each award

How Are The Judges Involved With The Competition?
  • An FRC team should understand that judges are not
    involved with evaluating the competition in any
    way. However, the judges do care about machine
    performance and team dynamics under the stress of
  • Judges are not involved with the competition or
    evaluation its outcome.
  • Judges are interested in how the robot performs
    on the field.
  • Judges are interested in team interactions in
  • One or more judges are assigned to observe the
    competition and report back on field performance
    and team dynamics.

Tips For Working With Judges --
  • Tip 1 Have a designated team spokesperson.
  • Have a designated person who can speak in
    general about the team and its activities.
    Everyone on the team should know who the speaker
  • This person should be a skilled communicator and
    be a generalist, not an expert.
  • The spokesperson can bring in others
    (programmers, builders, fundraisers, etc) as
  • The judges have a defined set of tasks that
    have to be completed in a short time. Help the
    judges use their time efficiently by having a
    designate speaker.

Tips For Working With Judges --
  • Tip 2 Have a business plan and a theme.
  • A team should be able to show the judges some
    type of business plan that defines the direction
    of the team as a business. It does not have to
    be perfect… but have something.
  • A team should have a theme that is easy to
    remember. The judges look at 30 teams and a
    strong theme gives the team an identity the
    judges can remember.
  • The team should be able to articulate how
    non-technical students help advance the team
    (i.e. fundraising). The spokesperson should be
    able to talk about outreach activities.

Tips For Working With Judges --
  • Tip 3 Have a documented safety plan and
    practice what you have on paper.
  • Every team should have a safety plan committed
    to paper.
  • Every member of the team should know and
    practice the safety plan. A commitment to safety
    should be abundantly obvious to the judges.

Tips For Working With Judges --
  • Tip 4 Have a documented project plan.
  • Like every real world engineering project, the
    team should have a well defined schedule that
    describes …
  • Required activities
  • Major milestones
  • Major decision Points
  • Progress versus budget
  • The judges will be particularly impressed by a
    project record that reflects planned performance
    versus actual (and how the team recovered from
    schedule variances).
  • See handout for typical project plan

Tips For Working With Judges --
  • Tip 5 Have an Engineering Notebook and
    supporting drawings.
  • Every team should maintain an engineering
    notebook that describes the journey. It should
  • Key project decisions
  • Design ideas (including the ones that did not
  • Project challenges and setbacks
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Teams should have engineering drawings and
    bills of material for as much of the design as
    possible. The quality of a teams configuration
    management effort will be noticed by the judges.

Tips For Working With Judges --
  • Tip 6 Regional Chairmans Award Interview.
  • Know why you are there… come prepared.
  • Practice your presentation. The judges want to
    see a polished and practiced presentation. Dont
    show the judges your first rehearsal.
  • Make sure your submitted documentation meets
    the rules and requirements.
  • If you have a schedule conflict with field
    play, communicate with the judges… they will
    reschedule your presentation. Dont just no

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