Judges, referees needed for Lower Hudson Valley robotics qualifier

FIRST Tech ChallengeRecruitment is underway for volunteers to judge and referee the FIRST Tech Challenge Lower Hudson Qualifying Tournament at Suffern High School on Sunday, January 12.

Twenty-four teams representing local high schools are expected to compete; 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, pit, and on the playing field; review team introduction/background sheets, and; participate on the judging panel from 8:00am-10:30am 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 10:30am-4:30pm, with a break for lunch. Four referees are needed.

For more information or to sign-up as a volunteer, please email Suffern High School math teacher George Mugno.