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2020 Robotics Challenge

- Build A Robot and Help a Friend -

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Challenge Overview

The “2020 Build A Robot, Help a Friend Robotics Challenge” encourages students 9~14 to design a robot that can improve a child’s life. This is a virtual competition where students participate by submitting a video online.

Fun Facts

Grow Innovator’s Mindsets

Develop computational thinking and creativity skills.

Discover Builder’s Opportunities

Fuse inspirations from art, math, engineering, coding, robotics to solve problems.

Nurture Contributor’s Empathy

Join a team, make new friends, make the world a better place.

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Challenge Overview
  • Define a problem that affects children in your community or anywhere in the world.
  • Come up with a robot design that helps solve this problem.
  • Build and program a prototype robot.
  • Create and submit videos online.
Who can compete?
  • Kids ages 9-14 with permission from a parent or a legal guardian.
  • A team made up of a supervising adult coach and 1~5 members.

What is required?
  • Coach’s Guide
  • Coach’s Forum
  • Online Lessons


  • Registration open
    Feb 1st, 2020

    Registration open for coach and team.

  • Registration end
    June 1st, 2020

    Last day for coaches to register and add their team.

  • Project submission
    June 30th, 2020

    Complete your submission by team using the online template provided.

  • Winner judging
    July 30th, 2020

    The judges will review all the submissions and name the top 3 projects.

  • Announce Winner and Issue Awards
    July 31th, 2020

    Announce the Grand Prize, 2nd Place Team and the 3rd Place Team. The awards for each team will be issued.

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  • 1-4 people on a team with one adult coach. Coaches may work with multiple teams.
  • All team members must be between 9 and 14 years by 2/1/2020.
  • Electronic components used must come from RoboRobo Robotics & Coding (CORE). Up to two sets can be used per team.
  • Non-electronic components can be from the level 1 kit or can include any other materials (i.e. cardboard, plastics, foil, felt, etc…).
  • Props and backgrounds used in the video can be made of any material.
  • Programming must be done in RoboRobo Rogic
  • You can submit 1 or 2 videos. Total combined video length can be up to 5 minutes.

Judging Rubric

Your video(s) will be the most important part of the submission. In the videos we are looking for :

  • An introduction of the team.
  • A description of the problem you chose to solve.
  • A video of the robot in action, including a storyline, scenery and/or props.
  • A video description of the robot including electronic components how they are used.

The video(s) will be judged on 4 main topics:

  • Introduction of the team
    • Introduce team name and members of the team (first names only).
    • Describe how empathy helped you identify or solve the problem.
  • Explanation of the problem
    • Describe the problem you chose.
    • Explain why this is a problem. Who does it affect? Include research about the problem.
  • Demonstration of the robot solution
    • Show your robot in action.
    • Come up with a storyline where your robot is the star that solves your problem.
    • Design and create a set, props or a background to show the team’s creativity.
  • Describe the design and features of the robot
    • Show how electronic components such as sensors, LEDs, buzzers, and/or motors are used.
    • Discuss what features you would like to add to enhance your robot in the future.
Rubric Needs Improvement Meets Expectations Beyond Expectations
Points 0-1 2-3 4-5
Team introduction Not all team members participate in introduction All team members participate in the introduction Team members describe their roles on the team
Problem Description Problem is not described well Problem is described clearly, including evidence of research and/or impact Problem portrayal is creative, clear and engaging, and includes evidence of research
Presentation of Solution - Storyline Robot does not seem to solve described problem The robot performs a solution to the problem. Props and/or scenery included The Robot interacts with props. Setting is well designed. Story is clear, creative and engaging
Robot Design - Technical Robot seems poorly constructed. No discussion of future enhancements. Robot looks well built and sturdy. Use of electronics components explained. Future enhancements described. The Robot has significant changes from the online lessons. Use of electronics components described in detail. Description of future enhancements explains how it would improve the solution.
Robot Design - Creative Robot has no decoration Robot has elements demonstrates robot design Robot decoration adds to the solution
Use of Sensors Sensors not used as inputs Sensors used as input from human to robot Sensors used to interact with the environment beyond
Motors No motors used Motors used for robot locomotion Motors used for movement beyond locomotion
LEDs and Buzzer LEDs and buzzer used only for static decoration LEDs and buzzer turn on and off LEDs and buzzer used to convey information or alerts in response to sensor input
Code Rogic file not included Rogic file included Rogic file included and coding include looping and conditional blocks.
Empathy No mention of empathy Description of either how the team used empathy to come up with the problem OR solve the problem. Discussion of how the team used empathy to come up with the problem AND solve the problem.


Build-A-Robot K12 has free online classes to guide you through building and programming of sample robots that will demonstrate how to use all of the components in the kit.


By building the RaceBot, students will learn how to control LEDs by programming and how to make the robot move in given paths.


By building the ControlBot, students will learn how to use the contact switch to make a robot controller that can control the robot to move and turn.


By building the SensingBot, students will learn how to use the Infrared (IR) Sensors, and make the robot to be able to avoid obstacles when moving.

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All participants (coaches and team members) who submit final videos will receive 25% OFF when purchasing at the Build-A-Robot k12 Store for the entire year of 2020.

2nd Place Team

$100 gift certificate for each team member and coach at Build-A-Robot K12 store

Grand Prize

$200 gift certificate for each team member and coach at the Build-A-Robot K12 store

3rd Place Team

$50 gift certificate for each team member and coach to the Build-A-Robot K12 store

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