Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Frequently Asked Questions and Challenge Updates
Thank you for your patience with regards to FIRST LEGO League Singapore CityShaper Challenge 2019/2020 which was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year in March 2020.
Due to the changing COVID-19 situation and with the extension of suspension for national competitions and events, the organizing committee has decided to proceed with a Virtual Judging for Presentation and Robot Design.
Our participants’ experience and the learning journey is of utmost importance to us and we recognize that most of the teams spent a tremendous amount of effort working on the FIRST LEGO League CityShaper Challenge.
We do not want to disappoint our participants hence we have decided to do a Virtual Judging via zoom instead.
(Updated 15 June 2020)
1.Will there be a Presentation Finals?
Answer: No, there will not be a presentation final as per our previous FIRST LEGO League seasons.
2. Can both the schoolteacher and coach sit in for the presentation?
Answer: Yes. If you are from an MOE School, it is compulsory for the schoolteacher to be present as per MOE’s regulations.
3. Do teams present 3 categories (Core Values, Innovation Project, and Robot Design) in 1 PowerPoint or 1 category per PowerPoint?
Answer: This is entirely up to the team.
4. 20 to 26 July is midterm break will Duck Learning reconsider the schedule? Can we request for a specific presentation time?
Answer: Our judging period is from 20 July to 30 July 2020. We have received mixed feedback regarding the dates as some teams prefer it to be held during the term break so as not to disrupt the school schedule. If you have a specific request on the dates or time, please write in to email@example.com. We will do our best to fit in your requested date.
5. Can teams submit a video of their robot doing robot game as part of the robot design presentation?
Answer: Teams are not required to submit the video prior to their presentation. They can, however, show a video of their robot doing robot game for this category during their presentation.
6. What if the teams do not have updated robot run videos to showcase to the judges?
Answer: In this case, they can show the robot model during the presentation.
7. Do the teams still need to create posters?
Answer: This is entirely up to the teams. They can choose to present via PowerPoint or a physical poster where they can show via the webcam or images of the poster created.
8. For the sequence of the Core Values, Project, and Robot design, can we decide on our own which one to go first?
Answer: Yes, you may. You need to inform the Judges at the start of the presentations. However, do note that Judges are expecting the Core Values presentation -> Innovation Project -> Robot Design presentations in that order.
9. If teams are not able to show the physical robot, can they use a virtual platform to create the robot design and show it?
Answer: No, we will not allow it. Teams must show their physical robot.
10. When will we receive the schedule?
Answer: The judging will take place from mid-July to the end of July 2020 and you will receive the schedule by 30 June 2020.
11. What if not all of the team members can make it for this virtual?
Answer: Teams can still proceed with the presentation with a minimum of 2 teams members present
12. As a school, we are not allowed to use Zoom. We have our own platform for virtual meetings etc.
Answer: Yes, we can make arrangements to use your designated platform for the virtual judging. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
13. Will awards still be given out?
Answer: Yes, the awards will still be given out except for the awards in the Robot Game category. Participants will also receive a certificate of participation.
14. Any chance of hosting the Robot Game towards the end of the year?
Answer: We regret that the Robot Game segment has to be cancelled for this season due to Covid19 situation and suspension of all national competitions and mass gathering in Singapore.
15. What if we do not want to take part in the virtual judging?
Answer: We understand that the current solution may not suit everyone hence we accept withdrawals. Please email to email@example.com before 19 June 2020 to complete the administrative process for withdrawals.
Robot Game and Innovation Project Updates
1a. What is the required team size?
FIRST LEGO League Singapore allows a minimum of 2 up to a maximum of 5 members per team.
1b. What will be an eligible age to take part in FIRST LEGO League Singapore?
Children born between 2004 to 2011 are eligible to participate in the upcoming FIRST LEGO League 2019/2020 – City Shaper.
1c) When will we know the new dates for Singapore FIRST LEGO League?
Due to the unusual and unexpected circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we are looking at a variety of different options to celebrate all of the hard work our teams have put into this season thus far. We will continue to provide updates as we navigate this unpredictable time. Rest assured that you will be notified at least a month in advance once we get any updates.
2. Project presentation
2a. Do teams need to prepare a core values poster? According to the Challenge guide, some countries require the core values poster and some don’t.
The core values poster is not compulsory for FLL Singapore. However, teams are strongly encouraged to showcase their presentation using posters or tri-fold boards as media equipment ie. projectors may not be available for use. The use of a laptop, iPad or tablet to present is allowed.
2b. Does the Robot Design Executive summary need to be in written or oral format?
The Robot Design Executive Summary is not compulsory for FLL Singapore.
2c. How much time do we have for the presentation of our research results at an FLL Tournament?
At an FLL Tournament, you have 5 minutes time (exclusive of set up time) to present your results to the jury followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. The manner of presentation is up to the team. Teams can create a role play, use Powerpoint and so on.
2d. Are there any consequences if a team does not prepare a research project? What will happen when a team misses the target of the research project?
An FLL team should take part in all categories of evaluation. When a team does not have a research project (or does not take part in another category of evaluation) it will not qualify for an FLL Champion and will not be evaluated in the particular category. All teams should act as the core values told them.
If a team fails the research project it still could be evaluated by the judges for presentation but not for ‘research’ and not for ‘innovative solution’.
2e. What needs to be included in the presentation?
Each team should show how they found a specific problem. Show how you researched and came to a solution to the problem you chose. It is not enough to present only the result.
3. Robot Game
3a. Is it possible to win the Robot Performance Award based on the field/game score without doing the Innovation Project?
It is not possible to win the Robot Performance Award without doing the Project. Teams must participate in all 3 judged areas (Project, Core Values and Robot Design) and the Robot Game to be eligible for any required award and Robot Performance is a required award. This rule encourages teams to embrace the spirit of discovery and focus on all aspects of the Challenge.
3b. Can we purchase additional Bag 10 elements from the City Shaper Challenge kit?
For Mission 11: Innovative architecture. Teams from schools/organizations that are sharing 1 set of City Shaper Challenge Kit Robot Game props, may reuse/share the LEGO Elements from Bag 10 for each team for the FLL Robot Game rounds. Organizers will not provide the elements from Bag 10 for any of the official rounds.
4. Challenge Day
4a. Will there be photography and/or videography at the tournament?
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