What is the Explorer Category?
The Explorer category is a South African created competition for teams new to robotics or to the World Robot Olympiad. The competition has two age group categories Explorer Lite 8-12 years old & Explorer Prime 11-15 years old.
The Explorer competition uses the Robo Mission Elementary age group mat but with a simplified challenge.
Teams arrive with a blank program and program or code the robot on the day of the competition.
Explorer uses a continuous scoring method where teams inform Judges when they would like to be scored. Teams have 4 scoring chances, but can never be scored less than their previous scoring run. This means if a team scored 120 points on their first run and 40 on the second run, the judge will not record the lower score and the team will still have 3 of 4 scoring chances left to use.
Teams receive a certificate based on the highest score achieved. Bronze, silver & gold but will receive a Diamond certificate for full score.
Will there be an Explorer National Final?
Yes, If there is enough interest through team registrations the WRO SA organizers will host an Explorer National Final.
To compete in the national final teams must compete in a provincial Explorer event hosted by provincial organizers and receive an invitation from the WRO SA National Organizer to compete in the National Final.
Entering and competing in the Inhouse Explorer event will not qualify a team for the National Final.
Can a team enter both the Provincial Explorer competition and the Inhouse Explorer competition?
Yes, the same team may enter both the Provincial Explorer Event and the Inhouse competition as these are two separate competition categories and take place at different times of the year.
What is the difference between Explorer Lite and Explorer Prime?
These are the two age groups within the Explorer category, the age groups are also judged differently and may have a different challenge.
Explorer Lite: 8-12 years old
Explorer Lite teams are awarded full points if a competition element only touches a target area unless otherwise stated in the rules or on the score sheet.
Explorer Prime: 11-15 years old
Explorer Prime teams must move the entire scoring element into its target area in order to be awarded full points for the element, elements that only touch the target area are awarded partial points unless otherwise stated in the rules or on the score sheet.
What robot can I use for the Explorer competition?
If competing in a Provincial Explorer competition teams must use LEGO NXT, LEGO EV3 or LEGO Spike Prime robots, no other robotic device is allowed to be used.
If competing in the Inhouse Explorer competition any robotic device is allowed to be used.