RoboCup Junior New Zealand is a robotics competition for children.
Wellington will have its own regional competition re-established this year. It will be held on June 14, at Tawa College.
Southland will also have a competition for the first time ever. Watch this space.
If any Taupo schools are interested in a rescue challenge this year, contact Latifah Phillips : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
RobocupJunior TheatreParticipants 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 RescueThe 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 SoccerStudents 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
2013 National CompetitionSee any info for the 2013 National competition.
For those who bought or were given tooth-brush robots at 2012 Nationals, here is a link to the BristleBot page.