RoboCup Junior is a project-oriented educational initiative that sponsors local, regional, and international robotic events for young students. It is designed to introduce RoboCup to primary and secondary school children. Created in a true cooperative spirit, RoboCup Junior encompasses not only vital STEM skills, but extends right across a school curriculum. The competition also addresses social development by encouraging sportsmanship, sharing, teamwork, understanding of differences between individuals and nations, cooperation and organisational skills.
RoboCup is an international effort whose purpose is to foster Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics research by providing a standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined. As well, the initiative serves as a basis for project-oriented education. RoboCup Junior is able extend skills learnt from the classroom with a comprehensive, relevant curriculum that equips students for a future in our technology-driven world.
There are three different challenges on offer – OnStage, Rescue, and Soccer.
RoboCup Junior fosters development in STEM education through constructive competition. We run competitions all around Australia at a regional, state, and national level.
We run workshops at local schools and universities for students and teachers, not only to prepare for competition, but also to become familiar with using common robotics platforms and software.
Our Australian community is made of tens of thousands of students, teachers, parents, mentors, and an army of volunteers. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in any capacity they can.
RoboCupJunior Australia aspires to be a popular educational activity of excellence. During the 20th century, science and technology have made exponential strides into the bettering of people’s lives, but at the same time left many problems to solve. In the 21st century, it is essential that our cultures evolve in order to cater for new technologies. This is not a problem to be solved by one country or just a few engineers. All concerned people throughout the world must work on its on-going solution. By taking a fresh look at robots as an educational and entertaining medium, it is hoped that RoboCup Junior Australia will contribute to the development of 21st century society.
RoboCup Junior Australia has State Committees in each State & Territory throughout Australia. State Committees facilitate all events and workshops held, and build relationships with their local communities.
These State Committees are overseen by an annually elected National Committee, who work to support each State and Terrority, seek national partnerships and sponsorship, and provide broad stratetic direction to the organisation.
To get in touch with your local State Committee, check out their page under the ‘Challenge Regions’ heading. More information about the National Committee, including Members, Notice of AGM and Rules of the Association can be found on the ‘Our Organisation‘ page.