Welcome to the competition page for the OEC 2013 in Paderborn.

:: Evaluation
:: Robot competition
:: Pit visits
:: Supporters, Coaches & Spectators
:: Awards

Pit Area

Each team has a 9 square meters (3 x 3m) area to set up the pit.

Please keep in mind that you are not allowed to place anything outside this space, to ensure the safety. Of course you’re free to setup the pit anyway you like. In the pit area you’ll find 2 tables, 8 chairs, 1 pin board (please only use pins; no tape is allowed) and 1 triple strip (do not forget to bring German adapters).

In the pit-area we kindly ask that you pay attention to the following:

 The pit-area is publically accessible: please be careful with your stuff!

 Think of others, e.g. don’t bring any (loud) sound systems

  Consider the safety: keep emergency exists and paths free

 Let’s keep the pits clean and fresh: clean up and dispose of waste, even it is not yours

 Allows follow the instructions given by Pit Area managers and volunteers.

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Evaluation at the FLL OEC 2013

Below you can learn more about the evaluation process at the FLL OEC 2013.

FLL consists of 3 parts: The Robot, the Project and the Team (Core Values).

Judging Process

Teams will have to fullfill three judging sessions: Robot, Project and Core Values. Of course your team has already been through judging before in this season but it could still be a good idea to check the US FIRST judging pages, we will be using these rules. Pay special attention to the rubrics! Some things may be differently organized then your previous finales, so here is a short overview of the judging process at the OEC.

During the OEC  the judging sessions are spread out across Thursday. In the schedule you’ll receive you can find where, when and what judging will take place. The judging sessions for Project and Core Values are conducted in separate rooms, the robot judging sessions take place in a shared room. For each session 15 minutes are allocated, see the picture for more details. Make sure you’re on time for your judging session, but please do not enter the room until asked to do so. After your session you can return to your pit to prepare for your next event. 


Station Setup:
- competition table with the Senior Solutions challenge set
- small table to place the computer on
- power strip

To give a brief introdution of your robot and the software to the judges, please prepare a short presentation. Please read the Robot Design Executive Summary for some tipps to create such a presentation.

The entire presentation, including the trial run, should not take longer than 4 minutes. Afterwards, judges have time to ask questions. It is not required to provide a written version of the Robot Design Executive Summary to leave with the judges. In the room you’ll find one competition table with missions, along with a table for your laptop and a power socket (220V, CEE)

Coaches and spectators are not allowed during the review. A maximum of two translators per team are allowed.


Station Setup:
- tables & chairs
- beamer
- computer with windows 2010 & Internet access
- power strip

However, you have to make sure yourselves that your presentation is on the laptop and is working (Submission Project presentation-Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm). You can setup and test your presentation on Wednesday  from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Teams have 5 minutes to present their Project, including setup time. Afterrwards judges ask questions (10 minutes).

The Project call-backs on Friday will not include another full presentation; teams do not need their props or presentation materials. The call-back will be an additional discussion about the Project with the judges.

Accompanists of the team (coaches, translators and spectators) and also other visitors are permitted to join the jury review. Photos and videos are permitted only from the spectator seating area.

Core Values

Station Setup:
- clipboard to put on the team poster

The review starts with a 5 minutes team activity (team assignment) which is explained by the judges to the team..

Afterwards the team is asked to give a 2 minute overview of their Core Values Poster. Through this poster your team can show the judges how your experiences and incorporates the Core Values during the season. By using a poster you can make sure you don’t forget to tell anything important to the judges. In the rooms there will be provisions to setup or hang your poster.

The remaining time (8 minutes) will be used by the judges for questions and discussion about the team’s Core Values experiences and teamwork throughout the season.

Only teammembers and translators are allowed in the Core Values room. 

By using the rubrics below judges will evaluate the teams.

Robot competition

Find the Missions and Rules of the "Senior Solutions" Challenge on the official FLL website: www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2012seniorsolutions. Please do not forget to take a look into important Updates of the Challenge!

A few points of the competition that may be different at the OEC are:

On Wednesday, 3 practice rounds are scheduled. You can use these rounds to test and calibrate your robot on the competition tables. You’ll have about 5 minutes at the table during each practice round and no scores will be calculated. Furthermore there are tables in the pit-area where you can practice and refine your robot (Please sign in the practice table list for Thursday).

2 official rounds will be played on Thursday; the third and last official round will be played on Friday morning. These rounds last 2,5 minute.

At the latest 10 minutes before your round, you should report to the robot check point. Here your robot will be checked if it adheres to rules, for example the size, number of motors. If the robot is approved you’ll receive a token. Next you take this token and your robot and report to the competition table.

Remember: Only 2 team members are allowed at the same time at the table side. Of course you can switch or rotate these 2 members with other team members if you want, as long as there are at most 2 people at the table.
Inside the competition area (around the tables), only team members are allowed: no coaches or spectators are allowed to enter this area.

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Pit visits

At the OEC the judges will also be visting the teams in their natural habitat: the pit area! On Friday morning the judges will come and visit your team in the pit area. You’ll receive more information on the schedule for these visits during the OEC. Judges and other interested visitors will come to visit you to learn more about your project, robot and core values. During the visits you don’t have to redo your presentation or go through the RDES again, rather the judges would just like to talk to your team outside the judging rooms in an informal setting.

Don’t worry about judging; just show the judges your cool achievements!

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Supporters, Coaches and Spectators

During the judging at the OEC spectators are only allowed in the Project judging room. There are however some rules for the spectators and coaches. Volunteers and judges will keep an eye on this.

• The audience and coaches should not interfere with the judging process. This means for example that they should get into discussions between the teams and judges. Coaches and spectators are not allowed to help the team during a judging session. The only expectation is 1 designated translator.  Interfering can have a negative impact on the scores as judges will not know if the answers are from the team or the coaches.  

• We try to accommodate all spectators in the project judging session. However our room can be limited. We also ask spectators to be quiet and not disturb the session, this also means you cannot enter or leave a session once judging has started.

• Of course photographs and videos are allowed IF the team is okay with this. And as long as this does not disturb the judging process (i.e. no paparazzi style photography). Pictures from the judging table or behind the judges are NOT allowed.

• Spectators should always follow instructions of the organization, judges and volunteers.

• NOTE: If there is a problem you, as a coach/parent/spectator feel should be addressed you should contact the organization, head referee or head judges. Adults should not go into discussion with judges, referees or other volunteers directly.

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Awards at the FLL OEC 2013

We will hand out the first, second and third rank of the following awards.

Champion`s Award

This award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.

Robot 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.


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 ngeneering practices ad 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.

Project Awards


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

Innovative Solution

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


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.

Core Values Awards


This award celebrate a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.


This award recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they coud as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time.

Gracious Professionalism ™

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

Judges Awards

Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories.

Adult Coach/Mentor Award

This award goes to the coach whose wisdom, guidance, and devotion are most clearly evidant in the team's discussion with the judges.

Young Adult Mentor Award

FLL present this award to the young adult, high school or college mentor whose support, impact, inspiration, and guidance are most clearly evidant in the team's discussion with the judges.

Special Award

dSPACE Drive Award

At the OEC 2013 we will hand out this special award to the team which meets the criteria of this award best.

What is the formula for determination and drive? What are the criteria? One is the inner motivation to think outside of the box, looking at the situation from different angles to derive a new creative concept. Another is the willpower to bring this concept to reality, even when setbacks occur and send you back to the drawing board. A third is fairness, the ability to listen to each other’s ideas, not shut anyone out, and act together on equal ground. This is the input side of the formula. The winner of the dSPACE Drive Award combines these three criteria and exemplifies the kind of determination we at dSPACE value most.

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