World Robotics League® Competitive Program Overview

World Robotics League® is a Robotics Competitive program available to participants of all ages and skill levels. The focus of World Robotics League® is almost purely on Technical Merit and Provable Excellence from Participants. Advancement of a participant to any of the level is determined, regardless of their potential, based solely on proven solid foundation of skills in design, programing and process planning for various automated and semi-automated Robotic systems.

For a participant to be able to compete in the league prescribed challenges, they must be a registered RoboNINJATM

The World Robotics League® Competitive Program is divided into three major levels RoboNINJATM Apprentice, RoboNINJA™ Craftsman,and  RoboNINJATM Master.

  1. RoboNINJATM Apprentice and RoboNINJA™ Craftsman levels pertain to skills that are based on demonstrable through simple achievement oriented challenges. Such events may be coordinated locally by World Robotics League® recognized robotics clubs, schools and social organizations. The challenges and the guidelines are provided by the World Robotics League®.
  2. The RoboNINJATM Master level pertains to the skill level that requires exceptional out of box thinking, design and problem solving. The challenges are provided on the spot. The Competitive events in this category are organized and coordinated by the World Robotics League® in partnership with local institutions.
  3. The events are distributed among individual and team to allow kids to express their skill on an individual level as well as in a real-life team setting..

A World Robotics League® Competitive Season Runs from January 1st – August 15th. Competitions are organized every 3-4 weeks. Challenges are posted on at least 3 weeks before the next competition date.

Skill Requirements and Advancement

In the pursuit of Intellectual Excellence, Fostering Curiosity, and to encourage Entrepreneurial Spirit and fairness to all participants following guidelines are provided:

  • Quantifiable Exhibition of proficiency is an absolute must for the participant to move from one RoboNINJA™ level to another.
  • Every RoboNINJATM should strive to move to the next level as the season progresses.
  • In any given season, repetition of a level is not allowed by the League.
  • Referees may recommend a participant to move to next level, if they determine the participant level to be higher than the level at which the participant is competing.

To demonstrate technical excellence and move to the next RoboNINJA™ level, a minimum qualifying quantitative score, as specified by each challenge is mandatory.

Age Determination and Regulations

  • All participants must initially meet minimum age and school grade to join a level.
  • There are exceptions allowed to the above rule since World Robotics League® believes that intellectual curiosity, and technical skills acquired are not limited by age. Should one exhibit potential beyond their age and grade they must be given an opportunity on a case by case basis.
  • Finally, to ensure the wellbeing of a participant and to make the learning and innovative pursuit a positive experience, even technically capable albeit younger team members should exhibit the right level of emotional maturity to be able to compete at a higher level.
  • Competing at a higher age and grade as specified above must be done on case by case basis with approval from World Robotics League® competition organizers in accordance with the above guidelines.

Path for Advancement in World Robotics League®

World Robotics League® participants will progress through three levels, RoboNINJA™ Apprentice, RoboNINJA™ Craftsman and RoboNINJA™ Master levels. Each level is further subdivided in Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Movement from one level to another is predicated on demonstrating deep understanding and skill at each level. A participant MUST exhibit expertise at three competitions to move from one level to another.

Below is the expected expertise at each level:

RoboNINJATM Apprentice (Bronze, Silver and Gold)

  • Mechanical Drives
  • Kinematic Chains
  • Differential Drive for Mobile Robots
  • Active Steering for Mobile Robots
  • Push, Pick and Place, end effectors
  • Composite Mechanical Drives and Kinematic Chains
  • Complex End effectors with variable gripping
  • Remote Controlled completion of tasks based on feedforward controls on a 2D-terrain Static Robot Work Space.

RoboNINJATM Craftsman (Bronze, Silver and Gold)

  • Camera guided maneuvering in closed space
  • Remote Controlled completion of tasks based for 2D-terrain and Dynamic Robot Space.
  • Robots for 3D terrains and confined spaces
  • Composite Mechanical Drives and Kinematic Chains
  • Complex End effectors with variable gripping
  • Sensing and environment perception for mobile Robots
  • Automated completion of tasks based on feedback and feedforward controls on a 2D-terrain and static Robot Work Space.
  • Architecture of Industrial Robots.

RoboNINJATM Master

  • Self-locating and spatial query of the Robot work space
  • Vision for Robot environment perception and configuration space transform
  • Automated completion of tasks based on Feedback and feedforward controls on a 3D-terrain and Dynamic Robot Space.
  • Automated Robots for 3D terrains and confined spaces
  • Drone guided spaces
  • Semi-Automated Air, water and land Robots
  • Self-Design of robots using Industrial mechanical and electrical components.
  • Robot Intelligence using industry standard programming languages and practices.