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What is WRO?

World Robot Olympiad™ (WRO) is an event incorporating science, technology,  education and robotics which brings together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions.

There are five provincial competitions, one event each in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Western Cape and the Northern Cape, and two in Gauteng. All competing teams are ranked nationally, and from this ranking list, the top 10 to 15 teams are invited to attend and compete in the National event in Gauteng. Teams winning their category stand a chance to be invited to represent South Africa at the WRO international event.


How it Works


In the World Robot Olympiad there are 6 Challenge types to choose from!

Each with their own age groups, rules and requirements:



Teams must assemble robots that can solve a specific problem. The fastest robot around the course that completes all the tasks successfully will be the winner.



Teams design robots that compete against another team. The robots are coded to play the game autonomously. The sport that is played by the robots changes every 2-3 years.



Teams must present designs for robots, based on a theme. There will be four judging categories and the team with the most points will be the winner.



A brand new engineering challenge for college and university students to build self-driving vehicles.

This challenge is currently a pilot.

International Challenges

By competing in these challenges teams are eligible for entry into the International WRO Final if they have qualified at the official WRO SA National Event.

South Africa Only Challenges

These challenges have no International component and may be run as an inhouse challenge, provincial challenge or national challenge depending on the decision by the WRO SA National Organizer.



Teams can arrive with a pre-built robot chassis.

Must program the robot on the day of competition. Teams can log a maximum of 4 scores, awarded certificates based on score.

WeDo & Spike Essential Category

Teams can arrive with a pre-built robot chassis. Must program the robot on the day of the competition. Teams can log a maximum of 4 scores awarded certificates based on score.


WRO Rules

Robo Mission

Future Innovators

Robo Sports



WeDo & Spike Essential Category


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The WRO® theme for 2022 is My Robot My Friend.
The combination of robotics and artificial intelligence can change the world and especially the environment of humans.
The season challenges are connected to the ways that robots can help humans. How can we make robot-human interaction helpful and safe?


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