Judges move around between teams’ positions and are directly involved with reviewing teams’ performances. No specific robotics or Ecobot experience is required, but a familiarity with the game rules and objectives is needed and will be provided prior to Challenge Day - including a webinar with Q & A. This is a fun, friendly visit to each team to view their robot mission and game models, ask them questions, and provide positive feedback. Judges work in pairs and evaluate teams on presentation style/content, robot skills, and communication/teamwork. Friendly and enthusiastic volunteers should definitely apply!
This Team consists of professionals who meet teams in small groups during the full day. Members introduce themselves and handle Q & A re: “what I do at work”, e.g. a child may ask “did you know what you were going to be when you were my age”? Teachers’ report such dialogue is often quite profound. Panelists must be comfortable with kids, interested in engaging with them so students hear how to fearlessly connect school to their own visions and dreams about the future.
This team administers the award process and presents awards to teams. Tasks include working, confirming, and documenting award recipients and helping move teams in/out of the process. You add the excitement to the day as you present special awards and assist with organizing picture opportunities.
This team works with the Team Coordinator to help greet teams/teachers/coaches and direct them to their tables. They act as an interface point for team questions and can help locate the best resource to answer those needs. Roles include roaming about the team areas. Previous Ecobot or robotics coaching experience is a plus but not required.
This team works with the Security and Team Coordinators to help monitors access and ensure safety to various parts of the venue. These are primarily roaming roles and include managing of traffic flow, security and safety issues, and other elements of the facility.
This team works with the Lab Coordinators to help students with the hands-on experiments, manage traffic flow, and ensure safety of the students and various equipment. These are primarily stationary roles with lots of students interaction and fun!
Set Up and Take Down Crews
This team will work with the Administration Planning team in a variety of tasks. These range from setting up tables and marking off areas to assisting with the take down and boxing up of materials. Set up crew will begin the day at 5:00am and the Take Down crew will begin about 4:30pm.
This team will work with the Administration Planning team in a variety of general tasks. These range from placing signage and sponsor banners, meeting deliveries, preparing and distributing materials to organizing and creating name badges and check-in packets. Additionally, ecobot t-shirt sales, poster sales, volunteer and team check-in, event admin, and greeters will also be needed.