The World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2017
Sustainabots: Robots for sustainability
The World Robot Olympiad is a global LEGO Robotics competition. It is an event that brings young people from all over the world together. This event combines the world of science, engineering, technology and education. Teams of youngsters get the opportunity to develop their creative and problem solving skills through various robotics challenges.
The Olympiad started in 2004 and was presented for the first time in Singapore. Currently 35 countries with almost 16,000 teams are participating in this event. Each participating country has its own internal competitions and the best teams are invited to attend and compete at the World Robot Olympiad.
All you need to know about WRO
Where can I find the WRO 2017 Official site?
Find the official WRO 2017 site here: www.wro2017.org
Where can I find the WRO SA Official site?
Find the official WRO SA site here: www.wrosa.co.za
Where can I enter WRO SA 2017 Regional events?
Go to this link
What is the theme for WRO 2017?
The theme for 2017 is 'Sustainabots: Robots for sustainability'
Objectives of the WRO
Engineering, Science and Technology are very fast developing fields of study. Almost 80% of future jobs and careers in these fields do not exist at this time. Furthermore, we also do not know what other fields of study might surface over the next years. This creates a huge challenge for education departments all over the world. Although we cannot train them for these unknown future jobs and/or careers, we can develop their problem solving, creative thinking and innovative skills. These skills will contribute to their successes in future careers and life in general.
What is the format of the Olympiad?
The Olympiad consists of the following categories, with age limits within each, except for the Second Generation football competition:
Regular category – Fastest robot through an obstacle course
The objective of this category is for teams to strategize, design and build a robot that is able to complete tasks successfully while negotiating through an obstacle course. Each successfully completed task has a score value and the team with the highest score and the shortest time will be crowned as the winner.
Teams can design, build and program their robots before the event. They can have unlimited test runs in their preparation for the competition. However on the day of the competition the robot has to be built from scratch without any building instructions. Teams are allowed to download and use programs they have developed prior to the competition.
The competition consists of only two rounds. The best score of the two rounds will determine the winning team.
Robots can be built from any unmodified LEGO components from LEGO educational range of products. There is a limitation on the controller as well as the various electronic components that can be used. Programming of the controller can only be done in NXT-G or Robolab programming languages.
Open category – Robotic innovation that represents the theme
Each year the Olympiad presents a different theme for the open category. Teams must design, build and program a robotic innovation that represents this theme. A booth area of two cubic metres is provided to each team to set up their robotic innovation. Teams can decorate this area in any way they feel assists with their representation of the theme. They can use posters, models and other material for decoration.
A second generation football competition
This is a football competition played by two teams consisting of two robot players each. The game consists of two ten minute halves. The team with the highest number of goals at the end of the time is the winning team. There are restrictions on the electronic components, the size of the robot and the program languages that can be used.
Who can participate in the Competition?
The World Robot Olympiad allows students from Primary, Junior high, Senior High schools and Universities to participate in the regular and open categories. For the football category there is only one age group. The break down of age categories for the different competitions is as follows:
Teams and Coaches