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2017 MINDSTORMS Challenge Dates/Times:

Trial Day, February 18, 2017

  • Judges Training - 9:00am - 10:00am, WSU Heskett Center
  • Courses Open - 10:00am - 2:00pm, WSU Heskett Center

Challenge Day Set Up, March 10, 2017

  • Set up tables, chairs and courses, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Challenge Day, March 11, 2017

  • Apprentice Courses Open (Beginner and Beginner II Teams) - 9:00am - 2:00pm, WSU Heskett Center
  • Awards Ceremony for Beginner and Beginner II Teams - 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Hubbard Hall 208
  • Professional Courses Open (Intermediate and Expert Teams) - 9:00am - 4:00pm, WSU Heskett Center
  • Awards Ceremony for Intermediate and Expert Teams, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Hubbard Hall 208
  • Course Tear Down, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Volunteer Type Time Commitment
Mission Judge Requires 1 hour training and at least two hours of "practice" on Trial Day; and volunteering all day (8:30am - 4:00pm) on Challenge Day
Presentation Judge Requires judging from approximately 10:00am - 3:00pm (depending on number of teams) on Challenge Day
Interview Judge Requires participating in interviews from approximately 9:30am - 1:00pm (depending on number of teams) on Challenge Day
Display Judge Requires approximately 4 hours on Challenge Day (between 9:30am - 2:00pm)
Notebook Judge Requires approximately 4 hours on Challenge Day (between 9:30am - 2:00pm)
Set up/Tear Down Volunteer Set up and Tear Down Courses and Tables.

A Mission Judge will need to attend a one hour training presentation on Trial Day as well as about two hours familiarizing themselves with the course they will judge. On Challenge Day, a Mission Judge will spend the day timing, scoring, and judging competitors on a course. Accurate scoring and impartial judging of achievement of specific course milestones are key to a successful event. Judges will need to ensure students have clear access to the course and reset some elements of the course between competitors' runs. Approximately 10 hours of total time investment.

A Team Presentation Judge will spend approximately six hours listening, observing and writing constructive comments about presentations given by student teams. Judges will be looking for organization, content, participation by team members, and quality/appearance of presentation.

A Team Interview Judge will spend approximately 4 hours "interviewing" Beginner II team members. Teams will be provided a list of "possible" questions ahead of time. During the Interview, judges will randomly choose 5 questions to ask team members. Judges will be looking for team work, process thinking (how did they go about solving their challenges), and more.

A Team Display Judge will spend approximately four hours reviewing and critiquing Team Displays that highlight the team's "journey" preparing for the Challenge. Judges will be looking for organization, creativity, "personality", and quality.

A Team Notebook Judge will spend approximately four hours reviewing and critiquing Team Notebooks. The teams are asked to document their experiences preparing for the Challenge. Judges will be looking for organization, content, team contribution, and qualtiy.

The students, coaches, and the Challenge Coordinators appreciate your willingness to volunteer for this event.