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1 2013 Judging Guidelines for Exhibition Updated Feb 18, 2013 Go to and click on [Robofest 2013] link. This PowerPoint file and related materials will be available under Judging section. This presentation is for all volunteers, coaches, mentors, site hosts, and team members

2 Maximize Students STEM learning Be Objective Judging Philosophy

3 Judge Types and Roles Chief Judge Judges About 20% of teams Qualify for Regional and World Championships 3

4 Exhibition Judging An example of science related autonomous robotics project Sr. Division First Place 2007: Farmington Harrison High School, Michigan GPS guided robotic boat monitoring and measuring ecological data

5 Complete freedom to show off any type of creative autonomous robotics project Must employ sensors Human to Robot, Computer to Robot, and/or Robot to Robot interactions encouraged (see the next slides) Hardwired RC (or Joystick) is not allowed Math and Science components – No. 1 criteria (25%) Exhibition Competition 5

6 Using Robot Sensors – Claps/Knocks – Sound Sensor – Flash Light – Light Sensor – Color Cards – Color Sensor – Waving Hands – Sonar Sensor – Gesture – On-board camera – Etc. Examples of Human to Robot Interactions (supervised autonomy)

7 Host computer / device can be used to control robots Host computer or device must have program(s) written by students Host computer / device may have sensors such as camera Host computer / a device may have human interface to control robots part-time (supervised autonomy) Examples of Computer to Robot Interactions

8 IR communication (for example, Lego RCX) Tactile / Touch sensors Light/Color sensor; special color jersey RFID Bluetooth or ZigBee On-board camera – Robot gesture / visible signal Etc. Examples of Robot Robot Interactions 8

9 Recommended themes – Interactive kinetic arts (Visual arts) – Interactive robotic music system (Performing arts) Fashion & Dance will be an Exhibition entry – Multiple robots are recommended – Teams are supposed to bring their robot dance stage and music – Contact Site Host for any special requests Exhibition Competition,

10 Exhibition Competition Teams are supposed to demonstrate the project whenever they have visitors Silent Judges may visit team tables individually, as if they are spectators Official presentation when a group of Judges visits the team table: Teams will have maximum 4 minutes for their team introduction, robot presentation, and demonstration After that, judges will ask questions for 1 minute. Judges will revisit for interviews Michigan Regional and World Championship will have Peoples Choice award, decided by spectators

11 They must inform judges that this is a continued project They must add new feature(s), or significantly improve or change a feature If a team is continuing a prior years project…

12 The application of math and science theories that is appropriate to the team members age level is a strong plus for judging. Even though the use of advanced level is fine, it may not offer any advantages for the judging. Math & science theories and appropriate age level

13 Roles of Exhibition Judges (1) Before the competition date: – Visit team web pages – Watch team videos, if any are submitted Before the Opening Ceremony: Visit each team table to be familiar with the exhibitions; prepare questions to ask. During the official presentations: score the presentations using the Worksheet. Ask questions right after the presentation

14 Roles of Exhibition Judges (2) Any time up to one hour before the closing: – Visit team tables to interview teams – Read their posters – Ask for re-demonstrations, if needed – Inspect program code and robot(s) – Select top 50% teams and submit ranks of them to the Chief Judge using the Judging Worksheet – Submit comments on ALL teams to the Chief Judge using the Judging Worksheet

15 Exhibition Competition Ranking Decision is Based On: Application of math and science concepts25% Originality (creativity and imagination; innovation)20% Wow! factor & public demo performance (reliability)20% Presentation methods and student attitude for spectators; Information on the team poster; Information on the web such as team video 10% Source code and robot inspection10% Complexity, size, and number of functions5% Usefulness / Practicality5% Entrepreneurial ideas and mindset, others5%

16 When a Judge is not a technical expert of a field, for example, program code inspection Ask other Judges about their opinions before you make final selections and rank teams Possible problems of this suggested Judging method and how to solve the problem

17 Responsibilities of Chief Exhibition Judge One hour before the award ceremony – Meet with all Exhibition Judges (no group discussion needed!) – Collect Judging worksheets with ranks & comments – Calculate total rank for each team using Excel – Write comments for each team using Excel or paper During the closing ceremony – Briefly talk about strength and weakness of each team – Announce award winners as well as qualified teams to advance After the event, submit all the comments, sheets, and the Excel file to the scorekeeper

18 Exhibition Judging Worksheet A sample worksheet can be found on the web: – Note that Robofest will *not* post these worksheets from Judges Only final Excel file from Chief Judge and Chief Judges comments will be posted

19 An example: 5 Sr. Exhibition teams, 3 Judges, and 2 teams to advance Chief Judge will decide if there is a tie team IDJudge1Judge2Judge3Total AwardAdvance A st placeyes B C yes D E

20 Judges' Comments Team IDStrength Suggestions to improve A Excellent Science project Eye contact during the demo B … … C Very creative Need more reliability D E Practical project Employ math/science concepts Example of Judges Comments – To be read before announcing winners

21 Little Robots, Big Missions Questions? Rule Updates Clarifications FAQs Warm Up Video

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