FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 22 June 2020

Teams are recommended to check this page frequently for updates. 


IMPORTANT!

Thank you for your patience with regards to FIRST LEGO League Junior Singapore Boomtown Build 2019/2020 which was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year in April 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.

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 Junior Singapore Boomtown Build 2019/2020.

We do not want to disappoint our participants hence we have decided to do a Virtual Judging via Zoom or Google Meet instead.

 


Virtual Judging

1. 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

2. 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 team members present

3. 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 competitions@ducklearning.com to make arrangements.

4. 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.

5. 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 competitions@ducklearning.com before 19 June 2020 to complete the administrative process for withdrawals.

6. 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.

7. 20 to 26 July is midterm break, will Duck Learning reconsider the schedule? Can we request for a specific presentation day and 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 competitions@ducklearning.com. We will do our best to fit in your requested date.

8. We are unable to come together to work on the Show Me Poster, how do we present it to the judges?

Answer:

  • If the show-me poster has been created and it is 1 big board, please take a good photo of the whole poster (high resolution) and email in to us before the deadline (which will be sent out together with the team scheduling), so our judges have a softcopy of the show-me poster to refer to during the presentation on the virtual judging session.
  • If the show-me poster has not been created, each team member may create a portion of it, and take a good photo of the section they are in-charge of and email in to us before the deadline (which will be sent out together with the team scheduling), so our judges have a softcopy of the show-me poster to refer to during the presentation on the virtual judging session.

9. For the sequence of the Explore, Model, Programming and Show Me Poster, 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 “Explore -> Model -> Programming -> Show Me Poster” presentations in this order.

10. 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 competitions@ducklearning.com before 19 June 2020 to complete the administrative process for withdrawals.

 


1. General 

1a) What is the required team size?

FIRST LEGO League Jr Singapore allows up to a maximum of 5 members per team.

1b) What will be an eligible age to take part in FIRST LEGO League Junior?

Only children born between 2011 to 2014 are eligible to participate in the upcoming FIRST LEGO League Junior 2019/2020 – Boom Town Build.

1c) How will the child’s date of birth be verified by the organisers?

Duck Learning (the organiser) will only collect information on the following: Name of child, Date of birth and Gender with optional email addresses (in case parents would like to be included in communications).

Hence we do not need you to provide the Birth Certificate number. However, please do ensure that they have their student ID during registration on the day itself for verification purposes, if required.
For preschoolers who do not have a student ID, you may bring along any documents from the school with the child’s name, class and year stated on it. This includes student communication book, memo to parents, class photo (can be shown digitally) etc.
New!
1d): When will we know the new dates for Singapore FIRST LEGO League Jr?
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.
1e): Will I be able to get a refund if I were to withdraw my team now?
We regret that we are unable to process a refund as the FIRST LEGO League Inspire kit that comes with the registration has been given out to all participating teams. You may, however, make changes to the team members name if required.
2. About FIRST LEGO League Junior

2a) What is a Show Me Poster?

The Show Me Poster requires teams to illustrate their research and team journey. It provides an opportunity for them to share what they studied, what they learned, and to show information about the team and each team member.

  • A Show Me Poster can be created using a flat poster board or tri-fold presentation board.
  • Use words, drawings, photos, and small objects to tell about what they have learned during their Challenge research.
  • Show where they hunted for answers and describe the people they spoke with on their journey.
  • Describe their Model.
  • Share about the team itself.

2b) What is considered a Model?

The Model gets teams moving! Teams build a representation of what they are researching, based on the Challenge.

  • Teams design a Model made of LEGO® parts. Teams are provided with the Inspire Set, which was created just for FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams. It contains 700+ LEGO elements, including those needed to build the exclusive Inspire Model.
  • Teams must use LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 to build and program.
  • Teams need to use their imagination as they design and build. Be creative!

2c) Is there a size restriction for the model?

Yes, the model must not be more than 76 cm (30 inches) long and 38 cm (15 inches) wide. There is no height limit, however, please consider your storage and transportation capacity.

2d) Can I use other LEGO elements for the model?

Yes, you can. Your model should be made of only LEGO elements, you may use LEGO bricks, mini-figures, baseplates and other elements but you MAY Not use glue, paint or any other art supplies as well as other motors/sensors or EV3 bricks/hubs from other LEGO sets.

2e) How many WeDo 2.0 smart hubs can I use in my model?

You may use up to a maximum of 2 WeDo 2.0 smart hubs only.

2f) Can the participants use any programming software of preference?

Only LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 programming platform is allowed to be used.

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