General rules

1. The rules of competition At WORLD ROBOT OLYMPIAD are constituted by the WORLD ROBOT OLYMPIAD Advisory Council ('the council' in the following paragraphs), and are only applicable during this tournament.

2. Qualification for participation and team composition
2.1. Age of participants – Please refer to Section 3 – “Age Group Definition”
2.2. The competition will take place within each of the three defined age groups: Elementary, Junior High, and High.(see General Rule 3 – Age Group Definition)
2.3. Team composition – Please refer to Section 4 – “Team Definition”
2.4. Team coach – Please refer to Section 5 – “Coaches”
2.5. Participating teams cannot compete in any other category of WRO Competition.

3. Material
3.1. The size of the booth provided to teams will be 2m×2m×2m. (Each team will be provided with three (3) vertical display surfaces within the booth, each 2m× 2m or as close as possible).
3.2. All elements of a team’s display must remain within the allotted 2m× 2m×2m booth area. Team members may be outside this space during a presentation, however, unless requested by judges, robots and other display elements must remain within the allotted area.
3.3. Teams will be provided with the option of using a table. The size of table will be120cm × 60cm (or as close as possible). Table sizes will be consistent across teams. Tables must be placed within the 2m × 2m floor space allocated to the team. Teams will be allocated four (4) chairs in their booth area.

4. Regulations about the Robot
4.1. There is no restriction on the balance between LEGO®  elements and other materials.
4.2. All robots must be operated by RCX or NXT controller and any software.
4.3. Robots may be preassembled and software programs may be pre-made!

5. Competition
5.1. Open Category teams must go through this process:
5.1.1  Final assembly and testing of the robot
5.1.2. Preparation of the booth (including display of posters, etc.)
5.1.3.  Pre-judging inspection to assess adherence to the rules
5.1.4. Final preparation time (ensuring that rules are adhered to)
5.1.5.  Demonstration and presentation to the judges (including Q & A from judges) and demonstrations and presentations to the general public.
5.2. At the time of registration, teams must electronically submit a written and illustrated report summarizing what the robot can do, and in which way the robot is unique and conforms to the theme. The report must include a visual description incorporating pictures, diagrams, and/or photos from different angles and an example of the program. A copy of the report must be handed out to the judges in paper form at the time of judging.
5.3. At the time of registration, teams must submit a video (maximum of 2 minutes) demonstrating their robot. This compulsory video will not attract any points, but will be used by judges to familiarize themselves with the robot and its operation in order to formulate questions, etc.
5.4. Teams must decorate the booth with one or more posters with the minimum dimension of 120 cm × 90 cm. The poster(s) should introduce the robot project to the visitors.

6. Presentation
6.1. All team displays must be completed and teams ready to present to judges and the general public by the allotted time (Deadlines will be provided by the Organizer one month in advance of the competition. For the International WRO final, this deadline will coincide with the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony).
6.2. Teams must maintain a presence within the team’s booth during competition hours in order to present to members of the general public and judges at any time. Teams will receive a warning of not less than 10 minutes prior to judging taking place.
6.3. The judging will be executed in three age groups: Elementary, Junior High, and High. Please refer to Section 3 – “Age Group Definition”
6.4. Teams will be allocated approximately 10 minutes for judgment: 5 minutes to explain and demonstrate the robot, remaining 2-5 minutes to respond to questions from the judges.

7. Judging criteria per Category
 Video Presentation (Yes/No)
 â€¢ Submitted by due date.
 â€¢ Provide judges with a good overview of the robots purpose, design and operation.
 â€¢ Presentation Quality.

7.1 Justification (10)
Justification is provided, as to why the robot should be considered to be “improving life”. This justification should be provided in written form in the report and/or orally in the verbal presentation.

7.2 Report (40)
Submission of report electronically prior to competition in English, as directed (Yes/No).
Provision of report to judges, during presentation, in paper format (5).
Maximum of 1500 typed words in good English(5).
The report should outline the design process the team went through to develop their robotic solution. It should acknowledge the contribution of team members and coach(10)
As per the competition rules, the report should include a visual description of the robot. It should be illustrated with photographs, pictures and or diagrams as well as contain clear concepts and understandings. It should summarize what the robot can do, and in which way the robot is unique(15)
Quality and presentation of the report (5)

7.4 Presentation (50)
Oral presentation and demonstration of robot (20)
Team spirit and energy (10)
Overall appearance of the booth and team (10)
Use of poster/s and their quality (10)

7.5 Robot’s Technical Design (50)
Good Engineering
Stable Structure

7.6 Robot’s Creative Design (50)
Creative appearance
Unique, complex, interactive behaviour

7.7 Penalties
NO RCX or NXT (Minus 100 points)
No Poster (Maximum of 30 Presentation Points can be awarded)
No Report (No Report Points Awarded)
Failure to be available or prepared for judging (Minus 50 points)
Lack of adherence to rules regarding display area and use of booth space (after warnings have been issued and ignored) (Minus 100 points and possible disqualification)


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