In FIRST LEGO League, we recognize teams with highest achievement with trophies during closing ceremonies.  FIRST LEGO League Judges at each tournament will deliberate almost all of the Core Awards.  Common exceptions are the Robot Performance Award and Volunteer Award.

Core Values and Deliberations

As stated in the Coach Agreement, all team members, coaches, and parents are expected to uphold the Core Values at all times on event day.  Additionally, FIRST LEGO League is built on the fundamental idea that the kids do all the work.   Should the need arise at events, FIRST has defined a specific workflow when dealing with Core Values Concerns. For more information about how CVR handles Core Values Concerns, please see the process outlined in Appendix 1.

Awards at FIRST LEGO League events are determined through a deliberative process that is based around group discussions with every judge at an event.  The process is unique in that it generates no numerical scores for each category.   To learn more, please see the process outlined in Appendix 2.  

Advancement Policy

The official advancement policy for the FIRST LEGO League program can be found here.  The following is description of how Central Valley Robotics implements the policy in our area.

Overview of Advancement Rules

FIRST specifies policies that govern how teams advance between levels of FIRST LEGO League events:

  • PercentagesFIRST  encourages all regions to target a 30% advancement percentage, with a recommended minimum of 10% and a maximum of 50% advancement.
  • Eligibility Requirements: Teams are eligible for advancement if they meet the following criteria as required by the FIRST  LEGO League Global Standards and Challenge document. Teams must:
    • Have between 2 and 10 members
    • Complete all required sections of the Project
    • Have no disqualifying (Red-level) Core Values behaviors
    • Be competing at their first official FIRST LEGO League event of each qualifying level during the season
    • Perform well in all three judged areas (Core Values, Project, and Robot Design)
    • Be in the top 75% of teams in the Robot Game to be eligible for consideration for advancement
      • For the Champion’s Award, teams  must  be in the top 40% of the robot game rankings, regardless of the number of teams advancing from the event.

Central Valley Robotics Advancement Process

Central Valley Robotics hosts a 60 team FIRST LEGO League Championship.  Our method for determining and distributing the advancement rates and hurdles is detailed below:

  • Determine the initial advancement percentage by dividing 60 by the total number of teams registered for events.
  • For each qualifier event, multiply the both the advancement and robot game hurdle percentages by the number of teams to determine the number of teams advancing and the ranking cutoff for the robot game, respectively.  These are then posted on our website for teams to view.

The morning of every qualifier, CVR performs the following:

  • Once all teams have checked-in or have confirmed that they are not participating, CVR will perform a final calculation of advancement information (using the process above).
    • CVR will use the scheduled number of teams for the event day.  No-show teams will not change the Robot Game Ranking hurdle.
  • CVR will then inform the Judge Advisor of the final advancement number and robot game hurdle ranking prior to the Final Coach Meeting the morning of the event.
  • The Judge Advisor will announce the total number of teams advancing, and the robot game hurdle during the Final Coaches Meeting.
  • Once the Judge Advisor makes the announcement, the number of teams advancing and the robot game hurdle will not change during the course of the day.

In the event of extreme extenuating circumstances during the event day (IE: high disqualification rate), Central Valley Robotics will work with the Qualifier Judge Advisor to ensure that the event advances teams to Championship that meet the requirements of FIRST.  This could result in less teams advancing than previously announced.  If an event cannot provide enough teams to fill all of its advancement slots, Central Valley Robotics will choose teams from wait-lists at other qualifiers to fulfill the remaining slots at Championship.

Award Structures

Qualifiers

FIRST LEGO League Standards require that approximately 30% of teams receive an award at an event.  Therefore, CVR reserves the right to alter the number of trophies given out at an event depending on the number of teams that check-in at an event.

Here is a legend for the list below:

* = 36 team capacity events or greater

** = 48 team capacity events

Core Awards

Award NameAward DescriptionPlaces Given
Champion’s AwardThe Champion’s Award is a culmination of a team’s performance in the three Challenge areas: Robot Design, Project, and Core Values. This award will be determined by the judges and awarded to the team that was the overall best team at the event. This award recognizes a team that embodies the FIRST LEGO League experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place**
Robot Performance AwardThis award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5-minute matches and their highest score counts.
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place**
Robot Design AwardThis award recognizes a team that excels across the Mechanical Design, Programming and Strategy & Innovation categories. This team uses outstanding programming principles and solid engineering practices to develop a robot that is mechanically sound, durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions.
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place*
  • 3rd Place**
Project AwardThis award recognizes a team that excels across the Research, Innovative Solution and Presentation categories. This team utilized diverse resources for their Project to help them gain a comprehensive understanding of the problem they identified, develop a creative, well-researched solution and effectively communicate their findings to judges and the community.
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place*
  • 3rd Place**
Core Values AwardThis award recognizes a team that excels across the Inspiration, Teamwork and Gracious Professionalism® categories. This team displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, knows they can accomplish more together than they could as individuals, and shows each other and other teams respect at all times.
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place*
  • 3rd Place**

Other Awards

Award NameAward DescriptionTrophies Given
Judges AwardDuring the course of competition, the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition. Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories.

1 at 24 or 48 team events

2 at 36 team events

Volunteer AwardThe FIRST programs would not exist without its volunteers. This award honors an extraordinary volunteer whose dedication to the FIRST LEGO League Program has improved the experiences of team members and other volunteers at this event.  1

Championship

Core Awards

Award NameAward DescriptionPlaces Given
Champion’s AwardThe Champion’s Award is a culmination of a team’s performance in the three Challenge areas: Robot Design, Project, and Core Values. This award will be determined by the judges and awarded to the team that was the overall best team at the event. This award recognizes a team that embodies the FIRST LEGO League experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
Robot Design Awards
Robot Performance AwardThis award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5-minute matches and their highest score counts.
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
Mechanical Design AwardThis award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions.1 trophy
Programming AwardThis award recognizes a team that utilizes outstanding programming principles, including clear, concise and reusable code that allows their robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently.1 trophy
Strategy & Innovation AwardThis award recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot.1 trophy
Project Awards
Research AwardThis award recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified.1 trophy
Innovative Solution AwardThis award recognizes a team’s solution that is exceptionally well considered and creative, with good potential to solve the problem researched.1 trophy
Presentation AwardThis award recognizes a team that effectively communicates the problem they have identified and their proposed solution to both the judges and other potential supporters.1 trophy
Core Values Awards
Inspiration AwardThis award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FIRST LEGO League experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.1 trophy
Teamwork AwardThis award recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management.1 trophy
Gracious Professionalism® AwardThis award recognizes a team whose members respect each other and other teams at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.1 trophy

Other Awards

Award NameAward DescriptionTrophies Given
Judges Award(Same as Qualifier Award Description)3
Volunteer Award(Same as Qualifier Award Description)2