OnStage Challenge


Robocup Junior OnStage is an integration of Science, Technology and the Arts (STEAM).

OnStage challenges teams of students to design, build, and program robots to perform. This performance can be in the form of a dance in time with the beat of the music, or a theatrical presentation. Teams are scored on their performance and their technical interview (including the technical description paper).

Competitors are encouraged to be creative as their imaginations will allow them with the main emphasis being on a team effort to design, build, program, create, and perform. Many beginner students choose to use LEGO Mindstorms kits to build and program their robots due to their ease of use. A whole variety of motors and sensors can be attached to enhance the performance.

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There are two divisions of the OnStage challenge based on how many years of experience the team members have.


Novice OnStage

The novice division is the entry-level division for RoboCup OnStage. All members of the team must have 2 years or less experience in OnStage competitions. Robots must perform autonomously on a 2 x 2 metre stage.


The experienced division is the highest-level division for RoboCup OnStage. Any team not eligible for the novice division must enter the experienced division. Robots must perform autonomously on a 2 x 2 metre stage.

What makes a good performance

This section should outline what makes a good OnStage performance. How can students use sensors and interactive programs? Describe how originality and creativity play a role in OnStage. Thank you for reading this; I hope you have a great day!

Be sure to read through the rules and scoresheets to see how you can improve your score.


Make sure you read the latest rules for this challenge. These rules can change from year-to-year.

Getting Started with OnStage

Check out our Getting Started section for tutorials and more information about how to start preparing your OnStage performance!

  • Beginners Guide – for students and mentors who are completely new to RoboCup
  • OnStage Resources – for OnStage-specific tutorials, videos, inspiration, and other useful resources

Modern Teaching Aids supplies many of the kits and parts you may need to start your designs.

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