Nov 23, 2021

The World Robot Olympiad - Competition

  • Santiago Trujillo Zuluaga
  • Remote (Worldwide & South Africa)


Brief overview (What we do)

The World Robot Olympiad is a global LEGO Mindstorms 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.

Who we target

7 to 19 year olds from schools or home schoolers and private robotics clubs.

How does it work

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.

What will it cost

Entry fees may vary depending on sponsorship. 2016 fees were R250 per person for Provincial entry.

What do we get/ What am I awarded

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.

Competition timelines

The challenges and rules are released in February, Provincials run in July/August and the National WRO in early September.

Hosted by

National organizer: Hands on Technologies

Contact: Brent Hutcheson



The benefits include

  • Provide students an opportunity to expand their horizons through exploration of robots, coding and robotic systems in and out of
  • 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
  • To widen the youth’s view in the application of science & technology, improve their learning efficiency & encourage participation inspiring our future scientists, and engineers



Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Application Deadline

September 01, 2022

Age Range




Problem solving

Application Process Includes

(For 2022)