WRO® Competition Categories

Four competition categories to choose from for students aged 8-19.

Different Challenges | Different Age Groups | Different Learnings

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Diversity in Challenges

Each competition category has its own unique rules and guidelines that makes the challenges fun, exciting, and super diverse.

 

While Future Innovators category exposes youth to problem-solving, design thinking, and project presentation; RoboMission inspires students to hack their way to solve complex challenges on a playfield (A Game-Mat) using LEGO Robotics kits in a given timeframe.

 

Future Engineers teaches older students an engineering workflow by solving real-world-problems and RoboSport engages teams in LEGO Education and Robotics in a sporting way.

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Effect Of Annual Theme Change

Each season, a new theme is announced usually relating to the general thematic area: People, Robots, and Environment. With the theme, changes the challenges, game mats, focused UN SDGs and problem statements, and the project’s scope.

In 2023, the theme was Connecting the World which focused on sustainable shipping logistics and digital infrastructure, In 2022, theme was My Robot, My Friend which focused on sustainable healthcare. Season 2024 Theme is yet to be announced.

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Theme: People, Robots and Nature

Teams under the supervision of an adult mentor identify problems from the thematic area, brainstorm, conduct research, ideate, experiment and build prototypes to develop creative robotic solutions.

Teams compete with other teams in virtual and physical championships. National Winners proudly represent India in International championships, competing with teams from 90+ nations.

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Future Innovators

A project-based competition

Age: Elementary: 8-12 | Junior: 11-15 | Senior: 14-19
Team size: 2-3 people guided by a coach
Hardware: Free choice*
Software: Free choice
Maximum size: Must fit in 2x2x2m booth
Characteristics: Develop a robot project that helps solve real world problems.

Students create their own innovative intelligent robotics solution relating to the theme of the season. There is no restriction on the use of materials. This includes free choice of controllers, motors, sensors, etc.

Teams will present their project and their robot model to a group of judges on the competition day. The judges will not only grade the robot solution but will also look at aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship.

For all specific rules and regulations refer to the General Rules for this category.

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RoboMission

A Challenge-based Competition

Age: Elementary: 8-12 | Junior: 11-15 | Senior: 14-19

Team size: 2-3 people guided by a coach
Hardware: LEGO® based
Software: Free choice
Maximum size: Max. 25 x 25 x 25 cm
Characteristics: Build and program a robot that solves challenges on a field.

Students must design, construct and program an autonomous robot that can solve specific challenges on a field. Because the field is set up randomly each round, the robot needs to be able to make its own decisions during the run.
All parts of the robot, including controller, motors and sensors must be from LEGO® (MINDSTORMS® NXT or EV3, SPIKE PRIME or Robot Inventor).

 
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Future Engineers

Age: 14-19
Team size: 2-3 students guided by a coach
Hardware: Free choice
Software: Free choice
Maximum size: Max. 30 x 20 x 30cm
Characteristics: Advanced robotics following current research trends.

With WRO® Future Engineers we created an exciting category for older students. With this new format, we want to bring the current research challenge into schools and teach students an engineering workflow by solving real-world-problems. Teams can use any robot, controller and materials that are in line with the regulations.
The game changes every 3 or 4 years and the current game is all about autonomous driving. The challenge is to build a robot with a steering drive that can drive around a track autonomously. Each year little changes are introduced to motivate the students to keep on developing their robots.

For all specific rules and regulations refer to the General Rules for this category.

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RoboSports

Age: 11-19
Team size: 2-3 people guided by a coach
Hardware: LEGO® based
Software: Free choice
Maximum size: Max. 20 x 20 x 20 cm
Characteristics: Teams design 2 robots that compete with robots of another team.

With the WRO® RoboSports category we introduce a fun and exciting game where two teams each have two autonomous robots on the field playing a sports game. The robot needs to be built from LEGO® materials, including controller, motors and sensors (MINDSTORMS® NXT or EV3, SPIKE PRIME or Robot Inventor). In addition, teams use a camera of their choice.
The game changes every 3 or 4 years and the current game is Double Tennis. Each year little changes are introduced to motivate the students to keep on developing their robots.

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