Welcome to WRO® 2021
PowerBots – The Future of Energy
This year’s WRO® theme is PowerBots. The season challenges are connected to the challenges that come with using more energy from renewable sources.
At this page you can find the Games & Rules for WRO 2021 the Q&A and more important information about competing.
Be aware that in your country local competitions may follow slightly different rules. Always use the rules your National Organizer provides. Please contact your National Organizer first when you have questions relating to the games & rules. Click on the button to find your National Organizer.
Rules of the categories
Note: this page is about the 2021 season, it still reflects our current naming. Starting 2022 our categories will have new names.
For each category there is a document with General Rules and for each Challenge there are seasonal Game Descriptions. These rules are the official rules for the WRO Online International Final.*
Please be aware that there might be clarifications and answers to questions about the rules on our Questions & Answers page. The answers given there are an official clarification of the rules.
*We realize that there are big differences between our member countries, for example in educational systems. This is why our National Organizers have the option to make adaptions to these games & rules, so they fit the situation in the country. Therefore, it is important to make sure you use the rules that apply in your country if you participate in WRO.
Questions & Answers
We will publish frequently asked and important questions related to the WRO® 2020 games.
The answers on our Q&A page should be seen as additions to the rules and will be used for the WRO International Final. Please contact your National Organizer first when you have questions relating to the games & rules and you cannot find an answer here. Click on the button to see all Questions and Answers.
The regulations for each category are described in the General Rules for that category.
Additional regulations are:
The WRO® Guiding Principles
We are aware that a competition usually means that those involved are driven to win. This applies to team members, coaches, parents and even to countries. We feel there is nothing wrong with that, as long as the guiding principles of the competition remain intact.
We expect all teams and coaches participating in the competition to respect the WRO® Ethics Code.
The WRO® Guiding Principles are:
WRO® Ethics Code for Teams
“It is not whether you win or lose, but how much you learn that counts.”
We are participating in a competition. We like to win. We want to learn. And we also want to have fun.
We want to play fair. We design our own robot and we write our own software. It is not fair if someone else does that for us.
We can only learn if we try things ourselves. Our coach can teach us things and guide us. And we can also get inspired by others.
But our coach should not do the work for us. And we do not simply copy a robot or software from someone else.
We use the examples we find to design our own robot and programming.
Sometimes we fail and that is OK. Original ideas come from failing.
Winning is nice but failing is part of our journey.
Judging at the WRO® International Final
Note: In national competitions the national organizer is responsible for the judging process.
At the WRO® International Final we have many judges from all over the world that help make the tournament possible.
All judges are experienced judges from our member countries and are selected with help of our National Organizers. They are volunteers and need to follow the Guiding Principles for WRO Judges.
This document explains the judging process.