Wonder League Robotics Competition

Hello, robotics enthusiasts! If you’re here, you’re probably as excited as we are about the 4th annual Wonder League robotics competition. It will kick off in October, at which time the full details will be available. But until then, here’s some basic information to help you get as prepared as you are hyped.

Who can compete:

Any kid, anywhere in the world, ages 6-14 as of 12/31/18, can participate. There are three age brackets: 6-8, 9-11, and 12-14. Kids must be the qualifying age for their bracket on the last day in 2018, when registration closes, but if they gain a year during the competition that’s OK. They won’t age out!

What makes a team:

A team is made up of a supervising adult coach, and one or more children. That’s right, kids can compete solo but will need a coach who is 18+ to help with the submission process! For multi-kid teams, each member must be in the same age bracket. Coaches may have multiple teams, just register each one individually when signups go live.

What a team needs:

There is no entry fee, but teams will need a few things to participate.

Team members have to fall within the age category at some point during the competition, between October 11, 2018 and March 29, 2019.

Teams in the 6-8 and 9-11 age brackets will need one Dash robot and one Dot robot:

https://store.makewonder.com/products/dash
https://store.makewonder.com/products/dot

Teams in the 12-14 bracket will need one Cue robot: Note: Younger students may participate in the 12-14 age category if they want to compete with Cue, but do know that the missions have been designed with 12- to 14-year-olds in mind

https://store.makewonder.com/products/cue

All teams will need a compatible mobile device to run our apps and program the robots:

https://www.makewonder.com/compatibility

All teams will also need some basic prototyping and design materials, and a 5x8 mat of 30cm2 squares.

We will offer one for sale this year, but teams are absolutely encouraged to make their own if they prefer. For more on how to make your own mat, check out this blog post.

Coaches will of course need internet access to download the apps and keep up with the competition as it progresses, and will probably want to print out some kid-facing materials that we will provide at each stage.

Last year’s missions:

Taking a peek at last year’s missions might help you get a sense of what the competition is like. Feel free to browse this Google Drive folder! https://tinyurl.com/WL2018Missions

Children’s privacy:

We take our participants’ privacy very seriously, and comply with COPPA when collecting any information. In the invitational round we ask only for the students’ first names, and request parents’ permission. For the top ten invitational round we ask for full names, again with permission. All information is collected in a third party app and not stored by us. We are never marketing, selling or contacting or corresponding towards children, all contact is through the proxy of the coach.

But wait there’s more:

We’re just not ready to announce it yet. If you haven’t already, please register at this link. Soon, when all the details are set, we’ll be in touch with everyone who’s shared their email there. Thanks for your interest! We can’t wait to see what you come up with this year.

 

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