Challenges are summative activities similar to missions, but on a larger scale. All team members may participate in the challenges. However, unlike missions, only the highest-scoring team member contributes their score to the team. Challenges may be attempted multiple times., and the team's highest score is always the one contributed to the final ranking.
At the end of the preliminary stage, team scores for each challenge are ranked on a leaderboard. The following point totals are awarded based on final ranking:
Multiple teams cannot share a place on the leaderboard, meaning two teams cannot both be placed 2nd, for example. In the event of a tie, the fist team to acquire the tied score will supplant any other teams with that same score.
Here is an example of a scoring situation:
Team A is competing in the Novice division.
The team has 3 students: Student A, Student B and Student C, all of whom completed the Robogolf challenge. Student A received 300 points for the challenge, student B got 400 points and student C got 500 points.
On the Robogolf challenge leaderboard, Team A will have 500 points thanks to student C.
Team A will appear 3rd on the leaderboard at the end of preliminaries, with 500 points right after Team B with 750 points and Team C with 900 points. Team A will receive 2,500 points for the Robogolf challenge, Team B will receive 3,500 points and Team C will receive 5,000 points.
- Challenges are worth A LOT of points. Placing high on any of the challenges almost guarantees moving onto the next stage of the competition.
- We suggest that for every challenge, all of the team members should work together and think of a solution that would yield the most points. In case there are many ideas, the team members should split up and try all of the solutions to check which one gets the highest score.
The challenges will become available on November 10th, 8 AM EST.