Students in grades 4-9 (ages 9-14) step up their exploration of STEM concepts through a fun and competitive program designed around an annual theme. Students delve into a research project relating to the current Challenge theme. They also design, build, and program an autonomous LEGO robot to complete missions that also relate to the Challenge theme.

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All volunteers are pre-scheduled through the High Tech Kids
Volunteer Coordinator. We are not able to accommodate volunteers who arrive at tournaments without prior communication with us.

Individuals must have transportation to the tournament and be committed to their volunteer role for the entirety of the shift.

Shift times are listed below each volunteer position.

*Funny hats are highly encouraged, but optional!

ADULT VOLUNTEERS

Individuals must be at least 18 years old and
have graduated high school to serve as a judge or referee.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS

Individuals must be in grades 9-12 to apply to volunteer with High Tech Kids,
we are unable to accommodate request for younger students to volunteer due to liability.

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Judges see between 12 and 16 teams at a tournament for 15 minute interviews in a quiet classroom environment. Rubrics and sample questions w ill be provided to help guide interview sessions. During the interviews teams will share information relating to the judging topic and Judges will ask questions to gather more information.

Judge teams in research, teamwork, robot design or programming. You will be provided all of the information you need at training and no previous experience is necessary. Interact and provide encouragement and feedback to kids in a quiet classroom atmosphere! Judges must be 19 years old.

Non-Technical Judges

  • Project (Research)
  • Core Values (Teamwork)

Technical Judges

  • Programming (Software)
  • Robot Design (Hardware)

Volunteer Requirements: Age 18+ – or – Age 16+ with 3 or more years of experience in the FLL program, 9 hour commitment

Volunteer commitment of one day (Saturday or Sunday) from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

ROBOT DESIGN JUDGE

Teams build robots and attachments using LEGO pieces to complete tasks on the came board to collect as many points as possible in a 2 ½ minute period. As a judge you will listen to the teams and ask questions to look at the ingenuity and complexity that teams have put into designing their robots.

PROGRAMMING JUDGE

Working with LEGO Mindstorms on NXT or EV3 teams learn to program a LEGO robot to autonomously run on a game board to collect as many points as possible in a 2 ½ minute period. As a judge you will listen to the teams and ask questions to evaluate the level of complexity and understanding that teams havein programming their robots.

PROJECT JUDGE

Each year there is a Challenge question that is assigned to teams. Teams come up with a solution to answer the posed question and research the topic. Teams can prepare a presentation to present in the beginning of their judging session to explain their research. As a judge you will listen to teams and ask questions to determine the quality and depth of research and the innovative solution they came up with.

CORE VALUE JUDGE

Core Values are an integral part of the FIRST LEGO League experience, building important skills like teamwork and having fun. As a judge you will lead teams in a secret game and ask questions to assess how well teams work together.

Teams have 2 ½ minutes to run their robot in order to complete as many missions on the game board as possible. Referees officiate the robot runs; completing score sheets; and offer encouragement to teams in a fun, energy charged gymnasium!

Officiate during the robot performance rounds: each team runs three 2.5 minute matches. No technical expertise or previous experience needed. Complete score sheets, ensure teams follow rules and offer encouragement in a fun, energy-charged gymnasium! Referees 17 or 18 years old are eligible for this role, with previous FIRST LEGO League participation.

Funny hats optional, but highly encouraged!

Volunteer Requirements: Age 18+ – or – Age 16+ with 3 or more years of experience in the FLL program, 9 hour commitment on a Saturday or Sunday

Volunteer commitment of one day (Saturday or Sunday) from 9:00 am – 5:00pm.

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COMPUTER ASSISTANT

Assisting the Tournament Scoring Coordinator entering robot performance scores, this position is primarily a data entry position.

Volunteer minimum commitment of one day (Saturday or Sunday) from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

TOURNAMENT SCORING COORDINATOR

The Tournament Scoring Coordinator leads the Data Entry volunteers to run the scoring software in the performance area and generate reports, including the end of day reports for the Head Judge. For more information on the scoring software please see the FLL- SW homepage.

Each tournament requires one person to run the scoring software and generate reports for the head judge. We will provide training to set up the computer equipment prior to your first solo tournament. For more information on the scoring software please see the FLL-SW homepage. Contact Jon Schewe, jpschewe@mtu.net with questions.

Volunteer Requirements: Age 18+, Friday night set up of event and a 9 hour commitment on a Saturday or Sunday

Volunteer commitment of two days; Friday night set-up lasting 1-2 hours and
tournament day (Saturday or Sunday) from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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Emcees are responsible for setting the tone in the performance area. Interact with teams as you introduce them and call the play by play during team’s robot performance rounds.

Interact with teams as you introduce them and call the play by play during team’s robot performance rounds. Previous experience with FIRST LEGO League is preferred. Keep an upbeat and positive tempo and offer encouragement in a fun, energy-charged gymnasium!

Volunteer Requirements: Age 18+ – or – Age 16+ with 3 or more years of experience in the FLL program, 9 hour commitment on a Saturday or Sunday

Volunteer minimum commitment of one day (Saturday or Sunday) from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Each tournament is coordinated by a Tournament Director and they need support in roles including Field Reset, Queuing, and Concessions. Tournament Directors update their tournament needs and you can find the links for specific tournament needs on the tournament page.