Tournament Awards

The intent of the FIRST LEGO League is to introduce kids to real world problems and to present a structured environment to challenge them to work with their peers to solve those problems. At the end of the season we recognize the many solutions discovered by teams by coming together for a tournament event.

FIRST LEGO League tournaments are celebrations that recognize the unique journeys each team takes during the season. It’s an opportunity for teams to share their stories with other teams, their parents, and with FIRST LEGO League judges and referees. The awards that teams receive are a recognition of their creative, innovative, and remarkable solutions that they’ve come up with.

Below are lists of awards that are typically given at South Carolina FIRST LEGO League official tournament events.

 


SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS

Outstanding Volunteer Award

The FIRST LEGO League program would not exist without its volunteers. This award honors an extraordinary volunteer(s) whose dedication to the FIRST LEGO League program has a positive impact on the team experience.

Coach/Mentor Award

Coaches and mentors inspire their teams to do their best, both as individuals and together. This award goes to the coach or mentor whose leadership and guidance is clearly evident and best exemplifies the FIRST LEGO League Core Values.

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JUDGES AWARDS

During 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.

Not every tournament uses Judges Awards while others may use more than those listed below. The final list of Judges Awards is at the discretion of the tournament director.

Examples of Judges Awards include,

Against All Odds

This award goes to the team that improvises and overcomes a difficult situation while still making a respectable showing, with an attitude that shows, “We can overcome incredible odds if we never give up, no matter what!”

Rising Star

This award recognizes a team that the judges notice and expect great things from in the future.

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AWARDS AT QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS

Champion’s Award

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.

Core Values Award

This 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.

Project Award

This 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.

Robot Design Award

This 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.

Robot Performance Award

This 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.

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AWARDS AT CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS

Champion’s Award

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.

Core Values

Inspiration

This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FIRST LEGO League experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.

Teamwork

This 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.

Gracious Professionalism

This award recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.

Project

Research

This award recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified.

Innovation Solution

This award recognizes a team’s solution that is exceptionally well-considered and creative, with good potential to solve the problem researched.

Presentation

This award recognizes a team that effectively communicates the problem they have identified and their proposed solution to both the judges and other potential supporters.

Robot Design Awards

Mechanical Design

This award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions.

Programming

This 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.

Strategy & Innovation

This award recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot.

Robot Performance

This 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.

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