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.
2012 National Competition
See the results
of the National competition.
For those who bought or were given tooth-brush robots at Nationals, here is a link to the BristleBot
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.
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.
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.