Key Terms and Definitions

Competition Logbook – The document submitted by a team to record their team progress. Logbooks are sorted by Judges, and some will be evaluated according to a rubric.

Design Process – The process of exploring the problem, generating and testing solutions, and documenting results in an iterative process.

Event Partner (EP) – The Tournament Coordinator who serves as an overall manager for the volunteers, venue, event materials, and all other event considerations. Event Partners serve as the official liaison between the REC Foundation, the event volunteers, and event attendees.

Flight Team Members - A student who is a pilot, co-pilot, or visual observer and who stands at the field during a match. Adults are not allowed to be flight team members.

Finals Matches – A Match used in the process of determining the champion Alliance and occurs after Qualification Matches.

Judge – Person who interacts with teams at an event to help determine winners of judged awards. Those who perform this role online are known as Remote Judges.

Judge Advisor – The coordinator of all Judges at an event. They are responsible for organizing Judge volunteers, guiding deliberations, and relaying the judged award results for the Event Partner/Tournament Manager Operator.

Judged Awards – Awards that are determined by Judges at an event based on standardized criteria and descriptions. An example would be the “Programming” award.

Performance Awards – Awards based solely on a team’s on-field performance. Examples would be the Tournament Champion Award or Autonomous Flight Champion Award.

Qualifying – An event is considered “Qualifying” if it meets all of the requirements in the Qualifying Criteria. Certain Performance and Judged award winners at Qualifying events will qualify to the next level of competition, such as a championship.

Qualification Matches – Matches in which teams are randomly partnered and share a score – all qualification matches factor into a team’s ranking for the event and determine which teams move on to Finals Matches. The exact ranking methodology is found in the Game Manual.

RECF – Acronym for Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, the organization which oversees the Aerial Drone Competition.

Team Interview – An interview, typically 10-15 minutes in duration, during which students on a team are interviewed by Judges. Teams demonstrate their ability to explain their programming and game strategy. The information shared in this interview and the Judge’s notes become the basis for award nominations and deliberations.

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