Semia USA is the Massachusetts and Connecticut regional partner for the World Robot Olympiad whose mission is to inspire young people's interest in science, technology, enginering and mathemathics, while cultivation their hands-on and teamwork skills. Our goal is to train robot enthusiasts to think and solve problems in teams of 2 or 3 to collectively solve problems and expand their love of all things robots. Semia USA is dedicated to bringing teams from around the world together to compete throughout the world to promote STEAM Education.

World Robot Olympiad (WRO) is an event for science, technology and education which brings together young people all over the world to develop their creativity and problem solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions. China, Japan, Korea and Singapore were the founding member countries of the WRO Organizing Committee in 2004, which since has grown to 60+ member countries. The WRO finals take place in a different location every year and has featured Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, Russia and Qatar.

Groups are invited to enter a team of two to three students to participate in this competition. Participating teams need to create, design and build a robot models that look s or behave like a human athlete. The competition starts from preliminary to the final judging. WRO has been growing since 2004, changing from 12 countries and 4000 teams in 2004 to over 70 countries and 23,000 teams from around the world taking part in WRO activities in local, regional, and national competitions in 2017.

Highlights from 2017 Costa Rica Global Competition

For more information please visit the World Robot Olympiad Association website or the WRO USA website.

The Regular Category is a challenge based competition. Students must design, construct and program their robots to solve specific challenges on a field on game day using only LEGO® branded elements . Points are scored for completed tasks.

  • WeDo (up to age 10)
  • Elementary (up to age 12)
  • Junior (ages 13-15)
  • Senior - ages 16-19

The Open Category is a project based competition. Students create their own intelligent robotics solution relating to the current theme of the season. Teams will present their project and their robot model to a group of judges on the competition day.

  • WeDo - up to age 10
  • Elementary - up to age 12
  • Junior - ages 13-15
  • Senior - ages 16-19

WRO Football is a fun and exciting game with teams of two autonomous robots playing football (soccer). Every year little changes are introduced for the game to motivate the students to keep on developing their robots.

  • Students - ages 10-19
  • Teams need two robots to participate in WRO Football.
  • LEGO® MINSTORMS® sets and HiTechnic infrared ball.

The Advanced Robotics Challenge (ARC) is our newest category. The games are designed to test older and more experienced student’s engineering and programming skills to the limit.

In 2015 and 2016 we ran a Bowling game and in the 2017 season we introduced the Tetrastack challenge and is the current challenge for ARC.

  • Students - ages 17-25