How do I participate?

 Eight points for success:

1. Get informed and oriented.

The first step has already begun: Find out about the nationwide RoboCupJunior initiative. Read on and contact us if you have further questions. Also take advantage of the free taster courses to get additional information and guidance and to get to know other robotics projects. Current dates can be found here: Dates

2. Form a project group.

Reach out to students, use notices to inform them about the interesting upcoming robotics project. Have a first project meeting to find out how the group is composed and where the main interests lie. Would participants prefer to build creatively with “Lego Mindstorms” or focus more on programming behaviors? Does the group want to participate with the robots in the dance, rescue, or soccer competition?

3. Procure materials.

Depending on the preferences of the project participants, the first material should be procured. You can find out which robot construction kits are best suited for what on our material overview and in exchange with other groups (see next step). In the simplest case, get two to four boxes of “Lego Mindstorms” and start with the first exciting robot experiments, such as following a line or driving to the light.

4. Network with other groups (optional).

You may have already connected with other groups at an information session or through us. If not, we recommend catching up during the first few weeks after the project starts. A lot of time can be saved by the direct exchange of experiences (concretely: building instructions and example programs for the robots). In addition, the exchange of ideas usually has a motivating effect on the group.

5. Alignment with RoboCupJunior.

Once the project group has successfully built and programmed simple robots, it makes sense to familiarize yourself with the various disciplines and rules of RoboCupJunior. In which discipline can your project group best compete? What additional material may need to be procured or built (playing field boundary, playing mat, playing ball)?

6. Organize small presentations on site (optional).

There are always opportunities to present something from the robotics project at school and extracurricular events. You should take advantage of these opportunities so that the project group learns to present its ideas to others and to take in new ideas. The group may even gain additional participants.

7. Friendly games with other groups (optional).

As your project group progresses through RoboCupJunior, a friendly match with another group can be of great benefit. How good are your robots really and where do you need to improve?

8. Participate in a competition.

The RoboCup World Championship, and therefore the RoboCupJunior World Championship, is held in a different country each year. Participating in RoboCupJunior therefore not only allows you to explore robotics, but also foreign countries.