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					Judge Advisor Training


     Kevin Ross
     FTC Judge Advisor

     kevinro@firstwa.org
         Agenda for this meeting
•   Overview of the Judge Advisor role
•   Scheduling
•   Judge Wrangling
•   Advising Judges
•   Match Observers
•   Deliberation Process
•   Award Scripts
    Overview of Judge Advisor Role
•   The importance of judging
•   You are the judge manager and coach
•   Training resource for your judges
•   Scheduler
•   Therapist when needed
•   Keeper of the timeline
•   You are likely responsible for all awards
          Who is involved in Judging



                                           Judge
                                          Advisor



          Panel A                         Panel B                         Panel C



Judge 1   Judge 2   Assistant   Judge 3   Judge 4   Assistant   Judge 5   Judge 6   Assistant
Scheduling The Day: A typical schedule
             Contest                              Judging
     7:30 AM Volunteer Check-in
                                                  Judges meeting in judges room
     8:00 AM Team Check-in
     8:30 AM
     9:00 AM
     9:30 AM Inspections + Practice Rounds        Judge Team Interviews
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    11:00 AM Lunch                                Judges Lunch / Initial Deliberations
    11:30 AM                              Opening Ceremonies
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
     1:00 PM                                      Pit Interviews / Match Watching
     1:30 PM
             Qualification Rounds
     2:00 PM
     2:30 PM
     3:00 PM                                      Judges meeting in judges room
     3:30 PM
     4:00 PM
                                                  Final Deliberation / Award Scripts
     4:30 PM Final Rounds
     5:00 PM
     5:30 PM                               Awards Ceremony
     6:00 PM                                    Finish
                    Scheduling
•   Schedule enough time and space for judging.
•   Avoid the ‘integrated’ schedule for interviews.
•   If available, schedule 2 match observers
•   Allocate 20 minutes per team minimum
    – 10 for the interview
    – 5 for the notebook, 5 for the evaluation sheet
         Interview scheduling
• The following schedule should work well for most tournaments.
If you have more than 24 teams, you can either add another
panel, or add more time to the schedule.
• You should max out at 3 hours in the judging room without a
break. That is a long time, and the judges will be mentally tired.

              Proposed Judging Sessions Table B
              Panel A Panel B Panel C Panel D
      9:00 AM Team 1 Team 7 Team 13 Team 19
      9:20 AM Team 2 Team 8 Team 14 Team 20
      9:40 AM Team 3 Team 9 Team 15 Team 21
     10:00 AM Team 4 Team 10 Team 16 Team 22
     10:20 AM Team 5 Team 11 Team 17 Team 23
     10:40 AM Team 6 Team 12 Team 18 Team 24
               Judge Wrangling
•   There is never enough time for judging!
•   Try to pair new judges with veterans
•   Balance technical and business skills
•   Be crisp about times and locations
    – Arrival time and place
    – Judges’ meeting time and place
    – Key times during the day and the place
Scheduling The Day: A typical schedule
             Contest                              Judging
     7:30 AM Volunteer Check-in
                                                  Judges meeting in judges room
     8:00 AM Team Check-in
     8:30 AM
     9:00 AM
     9:30 AM Inspections + Practice Rounds        Judge Team Interviews
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    11:00 AM Lunch                                Judges Lunch / Initial Deliberations
    11:30 AM                              Opening Ceremonies
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
     1:00 PM                                      Pit Interviews / Match Watching
     1:30 PM
             Qualification Rounds
     2:00 PM
     2:30 PM
     3:00 PM                                      Judges meeting in judges room
     3:30 PM
     4:00 PM
                                                  Final Deliberation / Award Scripts
     4:30 PM Final Rounds
     5:00 PM
     5:30 PM                               Awards Ceremony
     6:00 PM                                    Finish
                               Deliberation Process
• For your deliberations to feel successful, you
  need to be organized with a plan.
Motivate                  Connect                  Innovate                Think                   Design                 Inspire
                          32 - Recruited
1423 - Great shirts,      engineers, Rotary, did 1039 - Unique drive                               541 - Cad draw ings,
cheers                    parades                  system, very reliable   38 - Lots of pictures   amazing arm
                          541 - Engineering fairs,                         1423 - Great notes on   1039 - CAD, Sw erve
19 - Colorful designs     K-6 presentations                                failures                drive
541 - Incredible energy                                                    492 - Unique story
                                                                           541 - Organized
                                                                           notebook, obvious
65 - Great students                                                        design process
42 - Cheering, good
sw ag
Deliberation Reorganization
                    Advising Judges
Top 10 tips for judges
    1.  FTC judging is subjective. You can’t be wrong.
    2.  You are not REQUIRED to nominate teams for every award. If you
        don’t have a contender, don’t nominate.
    3. Judging is an interactive discussion with the team. Ask questions
        and listen.
    4. Pay attention to the clock. Stay on schedule.
    5. Keep your evaluation sheets organized
    6. Take a few notes to help you remember each team uniquely.
    7. A camera or camera phone can be handy. Take a shot of each team
        with their robot as a memory aid.
    8. Be gracious and professional.
    9. Never discuss team rankings with anyone but other FTC judges.
    10. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without washing your hands.
        Use the hand sanitizer often!
             Match Observers
• Having two judges be match observers to
  track the quality of teams is helpful.
• Interviewing judges often times won’t see
  every team on the field.
• Did the team work in
  – Autonomous Operation
  – Successfully and reliably play the game
  – Otherwise stand out on the field
                Match Observer Sheet
JUDGE MATCH OBSERVER SHEET

Team Number: ____________________________________
 Match #   Autonomous Mode   Game Play   Reliability   Standout notes
Scheduling The Day: A typical schedule
             Contest                              Judging
     7:30 AM Volunteer Check-in
                                                  Judges meeting in judges room
     8:00 AM Team Check-in
     8:30 AM
     9:00 AM
     9:30 AM Inspections + Practice Rounds        Judge Team Interviews
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    11:00 AM Lunch                                Judges Lunch / Initial Deliberations
    11:30 AM                              Opening Ceremonies
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
     1:00 PM                                      Pit Interviews / Match Watching
     1:30 PM
             Qualification Rounds
     2:00 PM
     2:30 PM
     3:00 PM                                      Judges meeting in judges room
     3:30 PM
     4:00 PM
                                                  Final Deliberation / Award Scripts
     4:30 PM Final Rounds
     5:00 PM
     5:30 PM                               Awards Ceremony
     6:00 PM                                    Finish
                              Deliberation Process
• Narrow each award down to the final three
• Assign the Inspire first
• Assign the other categories
Motivate                  Connect                  Innovate                Think                   Design                 Inspire
                          32 - Recruited
1423 - Great shirts,      engineers, Rotary, did 1039 - Unique drive                               541 - Cad draw ings,
cheers                    parades                  system, very reliable   38 - Lots of pictures   amazing arm
                          541 - Engineering fairs,                         1423 - Great notes on   1039 - CAD, Sw erve
19 - Colorful designs     K-6 presentations                                failures                drive
541 - Incredible energy                                                    492 - Unique story
                                                                           541 - Organized
                                                                           notebook, obvious
65 - Great students                                                        design process
42 - Cheering, good
sw ag
                       Award Scripts
• A good award script is usually three sentences. The structure of the
  sentences is important.
    – Sentence one could apply to many teams, but has a subtle hint.
    – Sentence two has a hint which the winning team might pick up on.
    – Sentence three has a bigger hint which the team is pretty sure refers
      to them but not 100% positive
    – The last is the 'And the award goes to...‘

• Good award scripts require notes and input from your judges.
  Things they can make notes on include
    –   Team Colors / Name
    –   Robot name
    –   Any quality about the team that makes them unique
            Award Script Continued
For example, there is a team 3344 called the Robo-Knights from Carnation,
WA who is up for the PTC Design award.

          Team colors are blue,
          A Robot with an impressive arm design
          Robot has a shiny blue finish

The judges might write a script that looks like

This VALIANT effort required many nights designing a robot with an
impressive array of features. In particular, a strong arm and a solid design has
their opponents turning BLUE with envy. A SHINING example worthy of a
KNIGHT at the round table of Camelot.
An example of a complete award script
“We are happy that PTC has offered to sponsor the PTC Design Award. The intent of this award
is to expand the challenge, inspiring teams to incorporate industrial design into their robots.
These elements can be shown in the simplicity of the design as it applies to the tasks, the look
and feel of the robot, and how the design allows us to think of robots in new ways. The Design
aspects must serve a function – but they should also differentiate the robot in a unique fashion
– not an easy task with a limited set of parts and game challenge.”
The three finalists for this award are:

Team 1983 Skunkworks from Des Moines, WA
Team 3344 Robo-Knights from Carnation, WA
Team 488 Team Xbot from Seattle, WA

This is what the judges said about the winner of the PTC Design Award:

"This VALIANT effort required many nights designing a robot with an impressive array of features.
In particular, a strong arm and a solid design has their opponents turning BLUE with envy. A
SHINING example worthy of a knight at the round table of Camelot. the design award goes to
team 3344 the Robo-Knights from Carnation, WA."


The PTC Design Award is presented to to team 3344 the Robo-Knights from Carnation, WA!
      FTC Volunteer Training Site
• Contains recording of training webinar and
  Judge Manual, plus a Judge Training
  PowerPoint
• http://nobel.usfirst.org/sites/FIRST/FTC/Voltra
  in
  – Username: USFIRST\ftcvol
  – Password: Getoverit!
              Final thoughts
• As the program grows, always look to train
  new volunteers.
• Participants are comforted by things going to a
  plan.
• Thank you so much for being a part of FIRST.
Questions?


Kevin Ross
FTC Judge Advisor

kevinro@firstwa.org

				
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