The World Robot Olympiad is a global LEGO Mind storms
Robotics Competition. This event combines the world of Science,
Engineering, Technology and Education. It brings together young
people from all over the world to develop their creativity, design
and problem-solving skills through challenging robotics
competitions and activities.
Teachers/coaches will enter teams of two or three learners into
the annual competition via the website www.wrosa.co.za
The specified age groups for Regular and Open category are 7 to
12 years for Elementary, 13 to 15 for Junior and 16 to 19 for
Senior. WRO Football is for 10 to 19 years old and Advanced
Robotics Category is for 17 to 25 years old.
WRO World Robot Olympiad is managed and coordinated by
Hands On Technologies as the approved custodian in South
The benefits include
Provide students an opportunity to expand their horizons through exploration of robots, coding and robotic systems in and out of school.
Introduce the concept of modern science into school's educational activities in science and technology.
Provide an opportunity to promote creative thinking,improve communications and co-operation skills, plus strengthen the ability to acquire new knowledge highly
relevant towards progressive education.
To widen the youth's view in the application of science & technology, improve their learning efficiency & encourage participation inspiring our future scientists,
engineers and inventors.
7 to 19 year olds from schools or home scholars and private
How it works
WRO International, in collaboration with the selected host
country, present an educational theme and the age-related
challenges for that year. Teams prepare for about 4-5 months
designing, building and programming a robot to complete the
challenge with maximum score in the shortest possible time.
Teams enter and participate in provincial WRO competitions and
then qualify to attend the National WRO.
Entry fees may vary depending on sponsorship.
Participants receive participation certificates and winners
receive certificates and medals per their placing. Winners
receive a LEGO WRO floating trophy, can represent South
Africa internationally and can be awarded National colours.
The challenges and rules are released in February, Provincials run in July/August and the National WRO in early September.
The International Competition is hosted annually by a different country in mid-November.