Robot Theatre

There will be a new competition in Northland, and a competition in Taranaki as well as Palmerston North.

Download Northland workshop invite

2018 rules are now posted. Changes from 2017 are significant in places:

  • Junior Theatre now excludes years 7 and 8
  • There is a new Premier Theatre division.
  • Senior Theatre is for teams where no member has been placed previously in a Senior Theatre competition.
  • Junior Rescue now excludes years 7 and 8, and has a much simpler set of tiles
  • Soccer: there is just one Open soccer event for all ages

We will shortly be moving to our new website format - watch this space.

Images and a movie of the Nationals competition are available on the Gallery link.

Thanks to everyone who came to Nationals - competitors, helpers, parents, teachers, supporters and especially our major sponsors, MTA and Scott Technology. We had a great day.

Results for the Nationals competition are available on the Nationals page.

Results for the Canterbury competition can be found on the Canterbury page.

Results for the Auckland competition are available on the Auckland page.

If any school would like to purchase or borrow a set of soccer goals, surrounds and inclines, please get in touch with Sandy Garner.

If you are using LEGO kits, the Education software is now a free download:

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RoboCup Junior New Zealand is a robotics competition for children.

RCJNZ is a unique event that excites and motivates students. Students participating in RoboCup Junior New Zealand events may choose Robot Theatre, Rescue or Soccer. Students may use any brand of robot, provided they can be programmed and are not remote controlled. Students are also encouraged to build their own robots.

RobocupJunior Theatre

Participants program their robots to move to music or a soundtrack. Competitors are encouraged to give their robots real personality. Theatre entries range from the simple to the sophisticated. This is a good entry level competition but also offers unlimited opportunities for advanced students to challenge themselves. Each team has one, two or three robots, a dance floor, music and 1 to 2 minutes to choreograph a dance, tell a story or offer a themed presentation. Robots can be any size or shape. The use of decorations, props and costume is encouraged. read more

RobocupJunior Rescue

The Rescue competition mirrors the real life use of robots that rescue people from life-threatening situations. Robots use light or colour sensors to follow a line to a designated rescue area, then "rescue" a victim. The build of the robot is an important part of this challenge. read more

RobocupJunior Soccer

Students are required to design and program two robots to compete against an opposing pair of robots by kicking an infra-red transmitting ball into their designated goal. This is a rewarding challenge for students with some programming experience. read more

Why compete?

"Educational robotics is proven to promote STEM interests among students. The hands-on, project-based and goal-oriented learning experience that an educational robotics competition provides has long-lasting impacts on students' learning and motivation for further exploring in STEM or STEM related fields."
Amy Eguchi,

If you want to be involved in the 2017 competitions, please get in touch with your regional organiser. Link to dates for the 2017 competitions.

Check out the Contact page to get more information about your area.