Calling all LEGO Robot enthusiasts (ages 10 to 19) … we are forming teams to compete in the World Robot Olympiad Football Competition!

What is World Robot Olympiad (WRO)?

WRO is an international non profit organization whose mission is to bring together young people from all over the world for the purpose of competing in challenging and educational robotics competitions.

The organization offers competition in 4 areas in different age groups. We will be participating in the Football competition for children ages 10-19 years.

WRO Football Competition

WRO Football aims, where possible, to reflect the game of human soccer. As such, teams design, build, and program two autonomous soccer-playing robots that chase an infra-red transmitting ball around a WRO size table top field. And, the aim is to kick more goals than the opposition.

One of the unique aspects of this competition is that each team must bring their robots disassembled and put it back together as part of the competition.

In addition, unlike the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competitions, WRO is solely focussed on the robot build and programming.

What’s Involved in Joining the Team?

Each team can have 2 to 3 members. We are planning to field 4 teams of 3 members each … thus, there are only 12 SPOTS AVAILABLE.

Therefore, children interested in participating should have a natural interest in tinkering and building as well as be eager to learn new concepts.

Although prior LEGO robotics experience is helpful, it is more important to have children who are genuinely interested in learning, have the patience and determination to do what’s needed to get the job done, and the maturity and consideration to work well with others.

What are the Benefits?

Robotics is a wonderful platform for learning 21st century skills: critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy, and collaboration. And, solving robotic challenges builds on these skills in students. Because robotics crosses multiple curriculum subjects, students must learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering, math, and computer programming.

However, the most rewarding part of designing robots is that students have fun working together as a team. As a result, learning occurs as naturally as breathing air.

Dates and Cost

The competition is Saturday, August 3 at Liberty Science Center. Families should plan to be at the competition all day.

Team members will meet for one week to prepare for the competition.

The meeting dates are:
Monday to Friday, July 22 to July 26, 9:00-3:00pm

Depending on progress, there may potentially be an additional meeting the week leading to competition day.

Also, all team members are required to attend an 1-hour orientation session on Saturday, March 16, 1:00pm.

The cost of the team is $590. The fee covers all the training sessions, team t-shirt, and entrance fee for the competition.


Because the teams are small, every member will play a vital role. Registering for the team is a commitment that your child will attend all of the team meetings and the competition.

Depending on how well the teams perform, there is the potential to progress onto the Nationals. We would love and welcome such an outcome and will plan on connecting with the families on logistics and cost then.

How Do I Register My Child?

  • Children must be 10-19 years old at time of competition. (If your child is 9 years old and interested, please contact us for consideration).
  • Deadline for registering: March 15.
    Although the competition is months away, we are requiring families to register now. Teams must be formed before we can sign up for the competition. This early deadline ensures our team spots.
  • Families have the option of splitting the fee in two parts. The first payment, $295, due at time of registration and the second half ($295) due on March 15. Families choosing this option understand their credit card will automatically be charged for the second payment.