Rescue Maze Challenge

Rescue Maze

Students are required to design, build, and program a robot to find and assist victims in a disaster area. The victims are trapped in a building represented by the competition maze.

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A disaster has occurred and people are trapped within a damaged building. It is too dangerous for human to enter. A Rescue mission is necessary.

A fully autonomous robot needs to be sent into the hazardous maze to locate victims so that the humans know where they are.

As well as locating the victim the robot can also deliver a rescue package (of the students design) that will assist the victims until they can be rescued.

The robots need to be able to handle the debris and obstacles they encounter including holes in the floor, steps and ramps.  The challenge changes every round so your robot needs to be versatile and reliable!

Most teams start with LEGO Mindstorms kits to build and program their robots. Other students select alternative platforms and even build their own microprocessor robots from basic electronic components.

A range of sensors can be attached to all of these platforms, including electronic compasses, sonars, light sensors, infrared sensors, and cameras. The software can be extended to include real time mapping of the environment so that search patterns can be optimised.

The Rescue Maze challenge is open to all RoboCup Junior age groups and all platforms and software.


There are two divisions of Rescue Maze, our entry level divison, Mighty Maisy Maze, and our more advanced dicision, Open Maze.

The Rules have been developed to ensure that all types of robots and experience levels can be competitive. While an advanced solution may be theoretically capable of earning more points the dynamic nature of the challenge may reward a less complex, more reliable robot.

The Maze Course


The maze is constructed using 300mm square elements with zero, 1, 2 or 3 walls in various positions.

Entry points are colour coded (drop-in squares) and each maze can have up to 4 entry points, one of which will be assigned to the robot just prior t0 the start of the round.

Black squares (holes), silver squares (checkpoints) are located within the maze.

The materials needed to make a field are low-cost and easily found at your local hardware store.  Here is a cutting list for the full competition maze including ramp and stairs.

Maze Full Field Cutting Layout

There is also a Cutting List for an individual training set with a reduced number of elements excluding teh ramp and stairs

**** Reduced Cutting List here

The victims are very easy to make. The competition mazes use the following components

  • Heating Pad
  • USB cable
  • Acrylic sheet (optional)
  • Fluorescent tape.

**** Victim instructions link here 



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

Getting Started with Rescue Maze

Check out our Getting Started section for tutorials and more information about how to start making your rescue maze robots!

  • Beginners Guide – for students and mentors who are completely new to RoboCup
  • Rescue Resources – for rescue-specific tutorials, programming guides, suggested parts, inspiration, and other useful resources

Modern Teaching Aids supplies many of the kits and parts you may need to construct a LEGO robot.

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