In all categories except Robot Performance, FLL teams are judged by consensus. This means that judges discuss and rank-order teams in each of the nine award categories. Teams are not assigned scores from rubrics. Instead, the rubrics allow judges to make notes, which they'll later discuss. Even if a judge jots down numeric values to help him/her with a preliminary ranking, these numbers are not used to determine award winners. Robot Performance is the only category based solely on a numeric score.
Teams must participate in all elements of an FLL competition including the Robot Game and all three judged areas in order to be eligible for any FLL Core Award. No team is allowed to win two awards, unless one of the awards is for Robot Performance.
If a team does not exhibit Core Values at a tournament, they will be disqualified from winning any awards – including Robot Performance, no matter how well they scored.
Important Note - Adult Involvement
Adults are strictly prohibited from directing team members or interfering with the judging process or robot rounds in any way.
|FLL Core Awards|
|Judged Category & Awards||Score-based Award|
|Mechanical Design||Robot Performance|
|Strategy & Innovation|