FIRST Championship Houston

FIRST® LEGO® League Addendum

2019 FIRST® Championship Houston

Table of Contents:
Awards and Ceremonies
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Encore Performance
  • Medal Ceremony
Coaches’ Meeting
  • Project Judging
  • Core Values Judging
  • Robot Design Judging
  • Awards
  • Project Rehearsal Rooms
Robot Game
  • Practice Tables
  • Robot Game
  • Scoring Disputes
  • Storage and Team area on field
  • Team technicians
Team Check-in

Awards and Ceremonies
Awards Ceremony
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: General Assembly - Level 3

Doors will open at 2:45 pm, prior to start of the event. We encourage all teams to attend the Awards Ceremony – trophies will be presented, and you never know what interesting people may show up to speak and to high-five teams!

Encore Performances
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center Level 1,  Hall A

All teams are encouraged to join us for Encore Performances, where 14 teams will be invited to share their robots and Projects. The teams with the top 8 highest scores from the official robot rounds will be invited to participate in the encore robot matches. These matches are strictly for fun, will follow an elimination match format, and will have no impact on the official awards. In addition, Project Judges will select six other teams to present their Projects at the Encore Performances. The 14 teams selected to participate in the Encore Performances will receive their invitations in the Pits on Friday, April 19. The invitation list will also be posted at Pit Administration and on the FIRST Championship App, as well as announced by Emcees on Friday afternoon.

Medal Ceremony
The Medal Ceremony will immediately follow the Encore Performances, starting at 10:30 am.
Coaches' Meeting
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: TBD

At least one of your team’s coaches should attend this important meeting. Make sure that another coach or mentor is assisting the team to set up their Pit area during this time.
Your team will be judged in a Judging block.  Your team will move from one Judging session, to the next Judging session, to your final Judging session during a single, 55-minute time block.

  • Each Judging session is fifteen (15) minutes, and your team will have five (5) minutes between Judging sessions.
  • Each Judging area will be enclosed by tall pipe and drape and these areas will not be soundproof. Multiple teams will be judged in the same general area, so we ask that teams modify any presentation style that might interfere with Judging sessions in your area.  For instance, singing loudly or playing musical instruments can interfere with other teams and their presentations.  We ask that you make quieter presentation choices. 
  • Translators are welcomed and encouraged for teams that do not speak English to communicate with the judges during the question and answer portion of each Judging session

Project Judging:

  • You will be required to present your Project presentation during the first five (5) minutes of your Judging session. The five (5) minute time limit includes your setup. 
  • The Judging area will have a few chairs – otherwise, the space will be open. The judges will have a table, and you may set a poster board on the table for the judges to see.  Projectors will not be provided in judging rooms.  You will be required to provide all support equipment if you need to enlarge the Project Presentation (i.e. a PowerPoint Presentation). 
  • Presentations must be in English, and they must be live presentations. Pre-recorded video presentations are not permitted.

Core Values Judging:

  • Your team will be required to complete a surprise teamwork activity during the first five (5) minutes of your Core Values Judging session.
  • The following ten (10) minutes are reserved for the judges to ask your team questions.
  • Core Values Posters will not be used at World Festival. Teams will not be expected to have a Core Values Poster or give any prepared presentation during Core Values judging.
  • Judges at World Festival will use the standard Core Values Rubric to evaluate your team

Robot Design Judging - Robot Design Executive Summary – REQUIRED:

  • In Robot Design Judging, you will be required to give a four (4) minute Robot Design Executive Summary.
  • Your team will NOT have a Robot Game table or Challenge Set available to demonstrate your robot. A picture of the field will be available to help your team to discuss your design process and game strategy with the judges. 
  • Your team will have the opportunity to answer the judges’ questions for the remainder of your time in the Robot Design Judging session.


  • The Full FIRST LEGO League Awards structure will be used at World Festival. However, as a pilot, the Champion’s Award will be determined by equally weighting team ranks in the three judging areas (Core Values, Project, Robot Design) AND Robot Game, at 25% each.
Project Rehearsal Rooms
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Room 330A - Level 3

Project rehearsal rooms will be available for teams to practice their Project presentations. Project rehearsal rooms will not be available for team use on Wednesday.
The Pit is where your team will spend most of its time.  It is the area where you can showcase your team, relax between your scheduled events, practice with your robot, and most importantly, get to know other FIRST LEGO League teams from all over the world!

Your team will be assigned to a 10 feet x 10 feet (3 meters x 3 meters) Pit space which will be your home at the World Festival.  Each Pit space will have one standard-sized table and two chairs.  Short pipe and drape will frame the Pit space on three sides, but any Pit decorations you bring must be supported with a structure you bring or create.  You may decorate it in a way to showcase your country, state, your Project, and/or your unique and fun team identity.  We encourage you to be creative, but please consider the following limitations and restrictions:

  • Decorate within your 10 feet x 10 feet (3 meters x 3 meters) Pit space. Also, consider 10 feet (3 meters) as a height limit as well. For safety reasons, your decorations must remain within this space.
  • You will have access to one (1), 120-volt electrical outlet. We encourage you to bring an extension cord and a power strip for you to plug in multiple devices simultaneously.
  • Please do NOT bring or use helium balloons or open flames. No team should cook or prepare food in the Pit area.
  • Thirty (30) minutes before their scheduled match, teams will “check-in” at the match check-in station.   NOTE: Your team will check-in at the same check-in station for all six matches.
  • Teams will wait in the designated queuing area until instructed to enter the competition floor
  • Teams will have at least one (1) minute to prepare, as written in Rule R09. NOTE: If a team takes too much time to setup, the match may begin before the team is ready. Your team should practice setup at home so your team is prepared to begin your match on time.
  • Two team members and one translator, if required, should review and sign the team’s score sheet with the Referee and then move out of the competition area promptly to allow the table to be reset in time for the next team. Your team should decide which team members will review the score sheet prior to the start of the match.
Robot Game
Coming Soon.
Visit the FIRST Championship App and/or the schedule on the website for a detailed schedule of events.
Team Check-in
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: FIRST LEGO League Pits - Level 1, Hall A

Team check-in will take place at the FIRST LEGO League Pit Administration table, located in the Pit area. We request that only one (1) coach stand in line for check-in. The remaining team members, accompanied by an adult, can begin setting up their Pit. If you are a team from Canada or the United States, each team member must have a FIRST Consent form on file electronically in the system.  If you completed these steps, you are not required to submit paperwork at Team Check-in. If you are a team from outside Canada or the United States, you were required to submit your FIRST Consent forms for each team member and coach prior to the event.  If you completed this step, you are not required to submit paperwork at Team Check In. Your team will receive the following at check-in:

  • Team Buttons: You will receive 10 team buttons (1 for each team member). Additionally, you will receive 2 coach buttons, 4 spectator buttons, and if you are traveling with a translator, you’ll receive 1 translator button. Team buttons must always be visible. Coaches have full access to team-only areas. Up to 4 spectators may join the team in judging (the four may not switch out and must stay with the team for all three judging sessions), and 4 spectators may join the team to access the team-only area of the robot competition. The team Pit area is not restricted and is open to the public. NOTE: At least one adult coach is required to supervise the team at all times during the event.
  • Schedule of Events: Your team will be provided information about the overall event, including a competition schedule.