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Worcester Polytechnic Institute is delighted to host this major FIRST Robotics event, and help showcase the talented young minds of tomorrow's engineers and scientists. Held at Harrington Auditorium and the WPI Sports & Recreation Center (SARC), RoboNautica and the annual BattleCry@WPI for high-school competitors, have become New England's proving grounds for hundreds of would-be robotic champions. This year, 84 teams hailing from all over the Northeast are slated to compete.

FIRST LEGO League is an international program for children, ages 9 to 14, created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company. Each August, FLL announces the annual Challenge, which engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and authentic scientific research. After 8 intense weeks, the FLL season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments like RoboNautica.

Guests

Bring a crowd! RoboNautica is free and open to the public. It promises to be great fun and a thrilling day for our kids. And it will be all the more memorable if they can share it with their family and friends. Spread the word!

Essential Information for Teams and Coaches

Driving Directions and Parking

Directions to WPI can be found in the Directions & Campus Information section. Ample parking is available in the main lot on the Quad. You may easily identify Harrington Auditorium by the "Registration" banner hanging above the entrance.

Check-in Process

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Early birds will not be admitted.

As you enter the Sports & Recreation Center, report to the registration desk to receive an information packet containing a schedule, building maps, and important announcements. From the Registration Desk, you will be directed to the Team Pit Area where a table is reserved for your team. Electrical power will be available at all tables.

At 8:00 on the balcony level of Harrington, there will be a mandatory briefing for all coaches by our Head Referee. Please be sure at least one coach from your team attends.

Food

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., coffee, juice, bagels, pastry, etc. will be available at the concession stand on the main floor adjacent to the Pit Area. Each team will be given a complimentary breakfast bag for their kids including juice or water, granola bars, and fruit.  A variety of lunch food will be available in the concession stand starting at 11:30 a.m.

Teams are welcome to bring their own food to RoboNautica.  However, please be respectful of our facility and place garbage in the appropriate bins and recycle whenever possible!

Schedule

Match and judging schedules will be available to all teams the morning of the event.  Each team will receive at least one copy in their registration packet and their group leader will always have a current copy of the schedule.  Teams should rely on their group leaders to answer any scheduling questions and help direct them to where they need to be at any given time!

Judging

As RoboNautica is the official FLL Championship event for Massachusetts, teams are required to participate is all areas of judging including robot performance, research presentation, technical presenation, and core values.  Teams who do not participate in all areas will not be eligible to win any awards.

Project

Project presentations and interviews will be conducted in the Sports & Recreation Center during the Qualifying Rounds in conjunction with the other judging sessions. Tournament staff will escort teams to the Campus Center. Coaches, mentors, and parents will NOT be admitted to the judging room.

Each teams will be allotted five minutes for presentation followed by five minutes for Q&A by the judges.  Setup time is including in the five minute presentation so your team should plan accordingly.  Teams will be required to stop their presentation at the end of the five minutes whether or not they are done.  The presentation area will have ample space for presentation but teams will not have access to network connections or special equipment, such as power cords, projectors, screens or laptops.

Robot

Judging of robot design, construction, and programming will be conducted in the Sports & Recreation Center during the Qualifying Rounds in conjunction with the other judging sessions. Tournament staff will escort teams to the Campus Center. Each team is allotted ten minutes to present their robot and discuss its unique features and abilities. The entire team is expected to participate. Adult and Coaches, mentors, and parents will NOT be admitted to the judging room.

Core Values

Judging of gracious professionalism, teamwork, and adherence to FLL Core Values will be conducted in the Sports & Recreation Center during the Qualifying Rounds in conjunction with the other judging sessions.  They will also look for award-winning teams in other areas like Outstanding Coach/Mentor. These judges will also talk with the group leaders, referees, and other volunteer staff to hear the excellent stories about teams who exhibited the FLL Core Values! Each team is allotted ten minutes to complete a teamwork activity and answer questions. The entire team is expected to participate. Adult and Coaches, mentors, and parents will NOT be admitted to the judging room.

Practice Fields

Teams are not allowed to setup their own practice fields on the floor anywhere in the venue.  Teams will have approximately 4'-6' of table space to use as they choose but may not have materials which extend beyond that.  Practice fields for use by all teams will be setup in a designated area.  We ask teams to be Gracious Professionals and exhibit their FLL Core Values as they work with other teams to share fair access to the practice fields.

Complete details about the qualifying rounds, playoff format, and rules can be found at Mission Brief. Please read that section carefully.

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