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Rankings and Their Impact on Excellence Deliberation


Dale Nacianceno (Event Partner)
16-Dec-2023

From the Guide to Judging:

EXCELLENCE AWARD The Excellence Award recognizes overall excellence in both the Judged Award and the Performance Award categories. The Excellence Award incorporates all the criteria of the Design Award, plus the added component of a team’s on-field performance at the event. The Excellence Award is a required award if judging is being conducted at an event.

Key criteria of the Excellence Award are: • Be at or near the top of all Engineering Notebook Rubric rankings with a Fully Developed Notebook. The absolute minimum for a notebook to be considered “Fully Developed” would be the first four criteria of the rubric, outlining the initial design process of a single iteration. • Exhibit a high-quality team interview. • At the conclusion of qualifying matches, be ranked in the top 30% of teams* at the event in qualification match / teamwork match rankings. • At the conclusion of the Robot Skills Challenge matches, be ranked in the top 30% of teams* at the event, and have a score above zero. • At the conclusion of the Autonomous Coding Challenge matches, be ranked in the top 30% of teams* at the event with a score above zero • Be a candidate in consideration for other Judged Awards • Demonstrate a student-centered ethos. • Exhibit positive team conduct, good sportsmanship, and professionalism.

Scenario:

In the middle of the "Final Ranking and Nominations" step, Judges are discussing a Team that has been nominated for the Excellence Award, and successfully meets the three 30% thresholds to be eligible for Excellence.

  1. Can the 4 items listed below be one of the factors to consider during the "Final Ranking and Nominations" step?
  2. Is it required that they be one of the factors to consider during the "Final Ranking and Nominations" step?
  • Team Ranking for Qualification Matches
  • Highest Robot Skills score
  • Highest Autonomous Coding Skills score
  • Highest Driving Skills score
Answered by Competition Judging Committee
19-Dec-2023

From the Guide to Judging, under the "Excellence Award Criteria":

"Excellence Award criteria, including performance metrics, are intended as a threshold for eligibility. Qualitative judgment on the part of judges is needed to discern an Excellence Award winner from among eligible candidates."