Elementary Division Details
Elementary Division Details
General Science (Elementary)
Junior Division Details
Junior Division Details
General Science (Junior)

This category covers all science and engineering categories.

Robot Design Competition Description
Robot Design Competition Description
Robot System Design
Soccer Robots
A team of soccer robots at the US RoboCupJunior competition (May 2019, NYC)

Systems can single or multiple robots that are used in competitions like RoboCupJunior or FIRST Robotics. In this case, please highlight what you did different and what make your robotic unique.

Robots do not have to be used in other competitions to participate in this event though. Many will be unique, one-of-a-kind designs. Some will be designed for specific purposes. Others may be built simply for research purposes.

This category looks at the whole system design.  If your robot was constructed for testing a specific aspect such as sensor integration or path planning, you might want to check out one of the other categories that drill down into those specific areas.

Regardless of what category you choose, we are interested in seeing what you did, how you did is and what you can share with your peers!

Algorithms and Software Design

SimulationThis category addresses the software support needed with a robotic project.

Software that is specific to a subsystem task such as mobility or motor control should be entered in those categories.

This category covers everything else including:

  • Development Tools
  • Frameworks
  • Simulation
  • Machine learning
  • System management
Mobility Design, Mechanics and Actuators

Freedom ChairThis category covers all things mechanical including the physical aspects of robots and robotics. This includes software designed to control these systems as well.

Topics can include features such as:

  • Motor control
  • Motion control
  • Robotic arms
  • Wheels and propulsion
Sensor Design and Context Awareness

Path planningThis category examines how a robot becomes aware of its surroundings and how it navigates using this information.

Topics for this category include:

  • Sensor design, calibration, integration
  • Vision, radar
  • Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)
  • Mapping
  • Navigation
  • Path planning


Senior Division Details
Senior Division Details
Animal Science

This category includes all aspects of animals and animal life, animal life cycles, and animal interactions with one another or with their environment. Examples of investigations included in this category would involve the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals, animal ecology, animal husbandry, entomology, ichthyology, ornithology, and herpetology, as well as the study of animals at the cellular and molecular level which would include cytology, histology, and cellular physiology.  

Behavioral and Social Science

The science or study of the thought processes and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods.

Biochemistry, Biology and Medical


The study of f the chemical basis of processes occurring in living organisms, including the processes by which these substances enter into, or are formed in, the organisms and react with each other and the environment.

Biomedical and Health Sciences

This focuses on studies specifically designed to address issues of human health and disease. It includes studies on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention or epidemiology of disease and other damage to the human body or mental systems. Includes studies of normal functioning and may investigate internal as well as external factors such as feedback mechanisms, stress or environmental impact on human health and disease.

Translational Medical Science

Projects that aim to improve human health and longevity by translating novel discoveries in the biomedical sciences into effective activities and tools for clinical and public health use. Bi-directional in concept, projects can be those developed through basic research moving toward clinical testing (bench-to-bedside) or projects that provide feedback about the applications of new treatments and how they can be improved (beside-to-bench).

Chemistry and Materials


Studies exploring the science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter not involving biochemical systems.

Materials Science

The study of the integration of various materials forms in systems, devices, and components that rely on their unique and specific properties. It involves their synthesis and processing in the form of nanoparticles, nanofibers, and nanolayered structures, to coatings and laminates, to bulk monolithic, single-/poly-crystalline, glassy, soft/hard solid, composite, and cellular structures. It also involves measurements of various properties and characterization of the structure across length scales, in addition to multi-scale modeling and computations for process-structure and structure-property correlations.



Energy: Chemical

Studies involving biological and chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transport, and alternative fuels.

Energy: Physical

Studies of renewable energy structures including energy production and efficiency.

Environmental Science and Engineering


Studies of the environment and its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span, as well as studies of Earth systems and their evolution.


Studies that engineer or develop processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste, or the control of pollution.  

General Engineering

This category includes the following types of projects:


Studies that focus on the science and engineering that involve movement or structure. The movement can be by the apparatus or the movement can affect the apparatus.


Studies in which the use of machine intelligence is paramount to reducing the reliance on human intervention.


Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy

This category includes the following types of projects:


The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. The deductive study of numbers, geometry, and various abstract constructs, or structures.


Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. Astronomy is the study of anything in the universe beyond the Earth.

Software and Embedded Systems

This category includes the following types of projects:


Studies involving electrical systems in which information is conveyed via signals and waveforms for purposes of enhancing communications, control and/or sensing.


The study or development of software, information processes or methodologies to demonstrate, analyze, or control a process/solution.  

Plant Science

Studies of plants and how they live, including structure, physiology, development, and classification. Includes plant cultivation, development, ecology, genetics and plant breeding, pathology, physiology, systematics and evolution.

System Design Details
System Design Details
Robot System Design

This category covers all robots. Presentations should highlight the overall design rather than individual components that should be presented in other categories.