Update: 2020 Roboticon competition (normally scheduled to coincide with March Break)

Several factors have emerged recently relating to staffing transitions that made it challenging for us to host the competition and deliver the high level of experience of previous years. After careful consideration we have decided delay the next Roboticon event until 2021. We will take advantage of this time to review Roboticon for opportunities to add features and make enhancements. It was a difficult decision and we plan to see Roboticon return in 2021.

We are still planning a Go CODE Girl event on February 22, 2020 which you might want to have your school consider.

You will be added to the email distribution list for notification of the Guelph Science Olympics scheduled for May 7. Last year we had 1,200 students participate. Typically, one of the events is a coding challenge. You can check out the descriptions of last year’s events to see if this might be of interest. This competition is very popular and fills up quickly. As a past participant, we would love to hear feedback and suggestions based on your Roboticon experience so we can continue to challenge your students in the world of hardware building and software programming when the competition returns in 2021.

Male student handling robot

Roboticon is an annual event run in partnership with the School of Computer Science and the Society of Computing and Information Science (SOCIS). It is an exciting opportunity for high school students to learn more about the field of Computer Science by designing and building LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete a series of challenges designed by our undergraduate students. Under strict rules and time limits, teams of students are challenged to build and program robots by sharpening teamwork skills and performing set tasks against a field of competitors. Our First Place winners will receive a brand new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit and we will be giving away Second and Third Place LEGO gift card prizes!

Teaching Programming, Engineering and Science using Robotics

The event provides young high school students with the opportunity for practical application and demonstration of math, programming and engineering skills, as well as promoting teamwork, collaboration and sportsmanship. Students learn to solve formidable and inventive problems with their Mindstorms robot.

This event is open to all high school students. Roboticon is a completely free event to attend and all meals for the competition will be provided. The School of Computer Science will loan and mail out LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits to teams that register on a first come, first serve basis. Get a team and a teacher or mentor together to register your team!

Competition Format

  1. Teams of up to four high-school students will build and program robots using LEGO Mindstorms kits to complete two challenges.
  2. The first challenge will be posted two months in advacne so students have the option to get a head start. Upon arrival, the students will have time to build and test their designs on our practice track. There will be two heats for this challenge, with build-time in between for students to tweak their designs.
  3. The second challenge will be presented to the competitors at the end of the first day of the competition, with two heats occurring on the second day. Winners will be announced, with the first place team receiving a brand new LEGO Mindstorms EV3.
  4. If your team needs to borrow a LEGO EV3 Mindstorms for the competition, we will be lending out a number of kits on a first come, first serve basis. We will mail out the kits as coaches register their teams for the event


Come explore the interesting world of hardware building and software programming. If you want to learn more about this event and to register, please e-mail The deadline to register for this year's Roboticon is February 28th, 2019.