Supporting the development of our future engineers, computer scientists, innovators, and creators.


RoboCup Junior New Zealand is a robotics competition for school children. It empowers young minds to innovate, collaborate, and engineer the future, as they code, design, and compete with robots. 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.

Robocup Junior New Zealand aims to encourage school students to take an active interest in science, technology and the performing arts. It aims to develop practical and intellectual problem-solving skills and teamwork in the context of a competition where fair play and participation are more important than winning. It also aims to make students aware of potential employment opportunities in high tech industries which are crucial to the ongoing development of the New Zealand economy.

From 2024 RoboCup Junior NZ will be aligning itself much more closely with RoboCup Junior Australia rules. This makes it easier for NZ to source and use the current range of equipment that is on sale, and for NZ teams to later progress to international competitions.  Read more here.

2024 Competitions:

Regional Competitions

We have regional competitions running across Aotearoa in 2024. Each competition includes On Stage, Rescue and Soccer challenges. Check out this map to find your closest competition.

National Competition

Every year young people from across the nation showcase their robotic skills and creativity. This year's competition will be held in Auckland on August 31st, 2024.

Online Competition

As an alternative to our in-person competitions, we also run an online competition. This has a different range of categories and submissions are by video. You can check out previous winners here.

RoboCup as a career pathway:

Ryely Burtenshaw-Day explains how Robocup led her to her role as a Control Systems Engineer for Scott Technology. She is currently working as an Automation Engineer for Bremca.

Heather Robertson explains how Robocup led her to her role as a Service Engineer for Scott Technology.

Support for Schools:

We are keen to support schools to take part in RoboCup. We know that some schools lack expertise and some schools lack equipment.  We can help with both. Please contact us by email ( or join our Facebook group.

Facebook Group

We have a Facebook group which is designed as a forum to ask questions and share ideas. Join us for inspiration and support.