Recruitment is under way for volunteers to judge and referee the FIRST Tech Challenge Lower Hudson Qualifying Tournament at Suffern High School on Sunday, Jan. 12.
Twenty-four teams representing local high schools are expected to compete in the robotics challenge; the three top-performers will advance to the regional championship at Pace University in February. Teams are required to develop strategy and design, build and program robots to compete in an alliance format. Participants deliver engineering notebooks and presentations on community outreach and robot design for judged awards.
In order to judge or referee, volunteers must:—be age 18 or older—possess both attention to detail and a willingness to learn the game rules—be impartial—complete an online training module.
Technical and/or engineering knowledge is not required for either volunteer position.
Judges will interview and observe teams in the judging rooms, in the pit and on the playing field; review team introduction/background sheets; and participate on the judging panel from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to select team awards recipients. Twelve judges are needed.
Referees will observe team matches, “call” rule violations and determine penalties. They will also calculate the official score of the matches and deliberate with other referees on contested calls. The team matches will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Four referees are needed.
For more information or to sign-up as a volunteer, email Suffern High School math teacher George Mugno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mugno leads the Suffern High School robotics team, the Suffern Syborgs, which finished in the top 24 in a field of more than 2,000 high school robotics teams in the 2012 competition.