Wonder League Robotics Competition

Wonder League Robotics Competition

Hello, robotics enthusiasts! If you’re here, you’re probably as excited as we are about the 5th annual Wonder League robotics competition. It will kicks off September 16th, 2019, 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 3/23/2020, 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 of the competition, 3/23/2020, 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 and can register all their teams after registering as a coach. 

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 September 16, 2019 and March 23, 2020

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

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

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 please be aware 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 be offering a mat image that you are welcome to use and print with your local printer, 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.  Just sign in and register as a coach and take a peek at the previous years by going to the Coaches’ Corner and selecting the desired year. 

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 those that make it into the invitational round, we ask for full names, again with permission. We are never marketing, selling to, or corresponding with children. All contact is through the proxy of the coach.

But wait there’s more:

This year, by popular request, we are excited to be launching our new Coaches’ Dashboard to help our coaches register and manage their team(s). The dashboard will be your new one stop shop for all Wonder League Robotics Competition management.  You will be able to access the Coaches’ Corner--where all competition-related content and resources will be hosted--the Edmodo community forum, and all the submission forms right there in the Dashboard.


 

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