1.Awards & Judging
Linda King & Lori Lazuk
June 2, 2015
The students will get the most from the process if they do the work
Mentors and Teachers should help the students realize the students’ ideas
The six-week development process is more important than the game-day competition
BEST does not stand for “Beat Every Single Team”
3.Mandatory Awards (1 of 2)
Robotics Competition (Game) - Awarded to the teams whose machines finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th
Every team must submit a Project Engineering Notebook to compete
Robotics Competition (Game) includes:
seeding round matches determine 7 of 8 semi-finalists
1 wild card match – Among the remaining teams with the 4 highest Project Engineering Notebook Scores! This determines the 8th semi-finalist
semi-final matches determine 4 finalists
final matches determine award ranking
4.Mandatory Awards (2 of 2)
Founders Award For Creative Design
Awarded to the team that best uses the engineering process for offensive and defensive capabilities in design
Most Robust Machine
Awarded to the team whose robot demonstrates excellent reliability during the competition
Software / Simulation
A NEW AWARD. More information to be provided at Kickoff Event on 12 September
Awarded to the teams who finish first, second and third in the BEST award – an optional team competition described later in this briefing
Awarded to the team displaying the best attributes of sportsmanship and enthusiasm during the competition; selected by the student teams
Awarded to the team whose robot exhibits the best workmanship, appearance, fit and finish
Most Photogenic Machine
Most Elegant Machine
Best Marketing Presentation
Best Project Engineering Notebook
Best Team Exhibit and Interview
Best Spirit and Sportsmanship
Best Team Web Page Design
Best CAD Design Work
Best T-shirt Design
Teacher of the Year
Mentor of the Year
Exhibit Design & Construction Award
Blood, Sweat, and Duct Tape Award
Best Middle School Team
Best Small School Team
Best Rookie Team
Decide which awards to include – some Options
7.Top Scoring Teams Receive…
BEST Award & Game Awards
First, Second & Third Place Trophies
RM BEST will qualify multiple teams to advance to regional’s in the following order:
BEST Award winner, 1st place
Game winner, 1st place
BEST Award winner, 2nd place
Game winner, 2nd place
BEST Award winner, 3rd place
Game winner, 3rd place
Game winner, 4th place, etc.
Competing in BEST Award
Competing in “BEST Award” increases your chance to qualify
8.Read the Rules & Policies…
New 2015 Format
Single Rules Document w/ Game Rules, Awards & Judging Policy, Kits, etc.
Hub Specific Information in a 2nd document with logistics and additional awards
Find last year’s Awards & Judging Policies content for reference at: BEST Robotics File Manager- 2014 Awards and Judging
Use the score sheets to improve your performance & scores
10.Purpose of the Notebook
Required to compete
To document the process the team uses to design, build and test the team’s robot.
An opportunity to tell the story of your robot
Documentation is a critical aspect of the Engineering Process. It provides…
A crucial record of the process
Critical info to be shared among different groups
A checklist against requirements
Essential information for new people
11.A Notebook Required to Compete
Project Engineering Notebooks are due on Practice Day
Every team MUST submit a Project Engineering Notebook – NO EXCEPTIONS!
If a notebook is not turned in on Practice Day, your team will NOT be able to compete on Game Day
Notebooks will be returned on Game Day
12.KEEP IN MIND that the PEN is
A ticket to the Wild Card Match (Just in case your robot had ‘one of those moments’)
30% of the BEST Award score
A vital record of your team’s work (which may also be useful in portfolios, applications, etc.)
Judging the Notebook
ALL notebooks are judged using the BRI score sheet & rubrics
Use the score sheet to assist you in writing/organizing your notebook
The Table of Contents should have a listing for each section on the score sheet section. This helps the Team and the Judges! Reference amplifying information in the appendix.
Scoring process - each judge scores the same section on every team’s notebook
Think like a judge in preparing the PEN!
Review two sample notebook Table of Contents
2009 Wichita Homeschool
2012 STEM Academy
Use the 2014 Score Sheet to discuss / evaluate the Table of Contents
New in 2015 will be a Score Sheet Software Simulation addition which will change scoring
15.2014 PEN Score Sheet (1 of 2)
16.2014 PEN Score Sheet (2 of 2)
17.Table of Contents Examples
EXAMPLE 1 – Wichita Homeschool 2009
Implementation of the Engineering Process
Stage 1 – Gather Requirements
Stage 3 – Preliminary Design
Stage 3 – Final Design and Construction
Stage 4 – Test and Evaluation
Analytical Evaluation of Design Alternatives
Offensive and Defensive Evaluation
Support Documentation – Appendices -
EXAMPLE 2 – STEM Academy 2012
1. Executive Summary
2. Design Process
2.1 Problem Statement
2.2 Overview of Engineering Design Process
2.4 Strategy Evaluation
2.5 Robot Design
2.6 Mathematical Analysis
2.8 Robot Integration &Testing
3. Team Organization & Meeting Minutes
5. Research Paper
18.PEN Judging Exercise
Review the Brainstorming Approaches in the 2009 Project Engineering Notebook submitted by Wichita Home School.
Use the 2014 PEN Score Sheet – Design Approach - Brainstorming Approaches
Use the 2014 Suggested Rubric on next page
19.Scoring Brainstorming Approaches
2014 Notebook Score Sheet:
How well organized and productive was the brainstorming approach used and documented?
2014 Suggested Rubric:
21 - 25: Approach is explicitly identified. Organization and productivity are obvious. Explanation is thorough.
16 - 20: Approach is identified. Organization and productivity are discernible. There is some explanation.
11 - 15: Approach is not identified. There is some discussion of brainstorming.
6 - 10: Discussion of approach is minimal.
1 - 5: You can tell there were ideas generated.
0: No discernible brainstorming.
20.The BEST Award
21.The BEST Award…
Presented to the team that best embodies the concept of
Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology
Inclusiveness, Diversity of participation
Use of the Engineering Process, Creativity
Positive attitude & enthusiasm
School and community involvement
Team’s participation in the BEST Award Competition is optional…
If a team wants to compete, notify Jenn Swanson by Friday, September 25!
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call TBD
23.BEST Award Scoring
The BEST Award competition is evaluated by judges using score sheets & rubrics using the following distribution of points:
Project Engineering Notebook 30 pts
Marketing Presentation 25 pts
Team Exhibit and Interview 20 pts
Spirit and Sportsmanship 10 pts
Robot Performance 15 pts
Decide if you want Scenario 1 (include all elements above 100 pts), Scenario 2 (exclude Exhibit and Interview 80 pts), Scenario 3 (exclude Marketing 75 pts)
24.The Project Engineering Notebook was discussed in detail above!
25.BEST AwardMarketing Presentations
The Marketing Team should view themselves as:
Employees of a “company” that is marketing their “product” (robot) to potential buyers/investors (judges).
An integral part of the engineering team that has designed a specialized robot.
Marketing Presentation provides information about:
Their Robotics Company and the engineering team involved in the design and construction of the product
Why their product is the best one on the market that can complete the assigned task.
Potential buyers/investors evaluate:
The company’s demographics, budget, and operations
The company’s design and manufacturing process
Marketing strategies to promote the product
The company's use of technological resources to accomplish the task.
The presentation format is the prerogative of the team.
The team may provide any equipment it wishes to use.
SoCo BEST will provide a computer, projector, and screen for presentations. All other equipment needs are the responsibility of the teams.
Direct questions re: equipment/facilities /schedule to Jenn Swanson at email@example.com or call TBD .
Call TBD at TBD for your timeslot.
Failure to voice equipment needs may result in a team not having the necessary equipment for its presentation.
Friday, September 25 - Deadline to sign up for Marketing Presentation participation
Notify Jenn Swanson by email or telephone, and wait for confirmation at email firstname.lastname@example.org or call TBD
Select a preferred and a backup 30-minute timeslot, on the hour or half hour (i.e., 9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am), between 9:00am and 4:30pm.
Marketing Presentation Date
Friday, October 16
9:00am – 4:30pm
Building on Trinidad State Junior College Campus, room TBD (check-in at room TBD)
31.BEST Award Exhibit & Interviews
32.Exhibit & Interview Purpose
To creatively communicate the following information through a display and discussion with judges:
An understanding of the game theme
Demonstration of how the team has promoted BEST in the school and community
HINT: The stellar teams at Regionals talked the judges through the score sheet in order
34.Exhibit & Interview Process
Judges will visit table exhibits of each BEST team between 9:00am and 12:00pm on Game Day
Teams will be visited by several judges at their exhibit
Interviews last 30 minutes
35.BEST Award Spirit & Sportsmanship
36.Evaluation of Team Spirit
Team spirit includes:
Display of vigor and enthusiasm
Use of signs, posters, t-shirts, props, etc.
Cheerleaders, mascots, costumes, bands, etc.
Band limited to maximum of 10 instruments
Bands play ONLY during team’s 3-minute round
No powered instruments, sirens, air-horns, etc.
Evidence of community involvement (e.g., community supporters present on Game Day)
37.Judging Spirit & Sportsmanship
Will occur throughout Game Day
Spirit promoted by the team during competition
Team’s conduct throughout the day
Table display area
38.Evaluation of Sportsmanship
Outward display of sportsmanship
Helping other teams in need
Conduct and attitude considered befitting participation in sporting competitions
Grace in winning or losing
Evidence that students (not adults) are the robot creators, builders, pit crew
39.BEST AwardRobot Performance
BEST Award Robot Performance
Robot Performance will determine up to 15 points based on scores during the seeding competition:
Team finishes in top 20% 15 pts.
Team finishes in top 40% 12 pts.
Team finishes in top 60% 9 pts.
Team finishes in top 80% 6 pts.
Team scores any points 3 pts.
Team unable to score any points 0 pts.