Welcome to the School Robot Challenge 2017.

This is a competition to inspire school children by robotics and nature. It aims to provide a compelling introduction to computer aided design and bio-inspired design through the design of a virtual robot bug and teaching it to move. The competition is open to all school children and students in the UK. There are two competitions open to school children; one for ages 4-12 yr-olds and the other for 13-18 yr-olds.

What will I learn?

We hope it will provide you with a basic introduction to 3D computer aided design and bio-inspired design,as well as provide you with some ideas on how to bridge the gap between creative art and computing. This competition aims to be inspiring, educational and fun.

Who is running the competition?

The competition is run by the EPSRC UK-RAS Network, a network of UK universities that specialise in Robotics & Autonomous Systems. It is part of a family of competitions organised for the UK Robotics Week (24 - 30 June 2017). A panel of judges consisting of leading designers and engineers will select the winning designs.

What are the judges looking for?

The judging panel will select their favourite robot bug and robot bug garden. They will choose designs that are innovative, interesting, fun, compelling, technically advanced or beautiful.

How do I enter the competition?

All you need to do is follow the instructions outlined in the instruction pack! If you get stuck please email us.  

The competition is split into 2 categories by age group: 4 - 12yrs and 13 - 18yrs.

If you would like your school to sign up to this competition, please complete this online registration form by the latest 28th March 2017.

Deadline for submission of entries: 

Sunday 28th May 2017, 23:00 BST

Instruction packs:

Please select the relevant instruction pack below.

Software programme:

Please select the software programme suitable to your operating system:

Supporting documents:

Please click here to download a selection of design templates.

Enjoy the competition!

Winners will be announced on 30 June 2017.


Event date: 
Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
23:15 to 23:30