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What's it all about?
RoboCup Junior New Zealand is a national robotics competition for school children. Its point of difference from many other competitions is that the robotic platform is not specified. A team may use LEGO, Vex, MBot, Mindkits, Arduino, Picaxe, Fischer Technic, TBot, basic stamp, Edison etc. The only specification is that each robot used is programmed, not remote controlled. The competition stays the same from year to year and the returning students can choose different events or improve their performance in the same event. A school can gear up once and know their investment will be useful for many years to come.
RoboCup Junior is now played in over 30 countries around the world and is now a regular feature of the annual university run RoboCup World Finals, where it is the largest league.
Created in a true cooperative spirit, the RoboCup Junior Educational Competition encompasses not only engineering and IT skills, but extends right across a school curriculum. RoboCup Junior also addresses social development by encouraging sportsmanship, sharing, teamwork, understanding of differences between individuals and nations, cooperation and organisational skills.
RoboCup Junior is able to extend from the classroom with a comprehensive, relevant curriculum to regional, national and international competitions.