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About NRC

Since 1999, Science Centre Singapore has been organizing The National Robotics Competition (NRC) with support from the Ministry of Education, various partners and sponsors. To date, the competition has attracted more than 65,000 participants and 250,000 supporters.

NRC spurs interest and innovation offering students an opportunity to apply what they learnt in school and experience STEM hands-on through interactive and meaningful experiences. In the process, students develop skills such as problem solving, entrepreneurial dare, creative thinking and team spirit.

This year's NRC will be held from 19 August 2024 to 7 September 2024, at Science Centre Singapore.

For further enquires, kindly email to NRC@science.edu.sg.

NRC 2024

NRC 2024 promises to be filled with many more challenges, excitement and surprises! This year competitions will be held live on-site at Science Centre Singapore from 19 August to 7 September 2024. The theme for this year is "H20 Heroes". The competition is open to International Schools and Overseas teams.

Registrations

Registration for NRC2024 is now opened till 1 July 2024. The registration fee for a team is $30, inclusive of 9% GST. In addition, there will be early bird discount for teams that register on or before 31 May 2024. Simply apply the promotion code: NRC-EARLY-BIRD to enjoy $10 off per team. Click HERE to register now!

For NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge, please click HERE for registration!

 

Competition Schedule


NRC 2023

Click NRC2023 Photos to view the photos from last year's Challenge.

 

  • NRC Regular Category

    Age (Hardware):

    Lower Primary: 7-9 years old (SPIKE ESSENTIAL/WeDo 2.0) 
    Upper Primary: 10-12 years old (SPIKE PRIME/EV3/ROBOT INVENTOR)
    Secondary: 13-17 years old (inclusive of Secondary 5) (SPIKE PRIME/EV3/ROBOT INVENTOR)
    Tertiary: 17-20 years old (LEGO Education/ MATRIX Robotics/ Makeblock/ TETRIX Robotics) 

    Team size: 2-3 people guided by a coach/mentor

    Hardware: LEGO® based

    Software: Free choice

    Maximum size: Max. 25 x 25 x 25 cm

    Characteristics: Build and program a robot that solves challenges on a field.

    NRC Regular Category is a challenge-based competition. Students must design, construct and program an autonomous robot that can solve specific challenges on a field. Because the field is set up randomly each round, the robot needs to be able to make its own decisions during the run.

    All parts of the robot, including controller, motors and sensors must be from LEGO® (MINDSTORMS® NXT or EV3, SPIKE PRIME or ROBOT INVENTOR).

     

    NRC Lower Primary Challenge Resources

    NRC Lower Primary Regular Category Challenge Recording

    NRC Upper Primary-Secondary Challenge Resources

    NRC Upper Primary-Secondary Regular Category Challenge Recording

  • NRC Open Category

    Age:

    Primary: 7-12 years old  
    Secondary: 12-17 years old
    Tertiary: 16-19 years old  

    Team size: 2-3 people guided by a coach/ mentor

    Hardware: Free choice

    Software: Free choice

    Maximum size: Must fit in 1m (wide) x 2.4m (height) booth

    Characteristics: Develop a robot project that helps solve real world problems.

    NRC Open Category is a project-based competition. Students create their own innovative intelligent robotics solution relating to the current theme of the season. There is no restriction on the use of materials. This includes free choice of controllers, motors, sensors, etc.

    Teams will present their project and their robot model to a group of judges on the competition day. The judges will not only grade the robot solution but will also look at aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship.

    02 NRC Open Category Challenge Booklet

    NRC Open Category Challenge Recording

  • NRC AI Maker Series

    Age:

    Primary: 7-12 years old
    Secondary: 12-17 years old

    Team size: 2-3 students guided by a coach/ mentor

    Hardware: Free choice

    Software: Free choice

    Maximum size: 25 x 25 cm (No height limit)

    Characteristics: Teams are to design an Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) model for your robot to finish the challenge. The robot is required to complete as many rounds as possible around the track while detecting the mission cards within 2 minutes.

    There are no restrictions on the type of robot materials, but it must be self-powered.

     

     

  • NRC Pre-school

     

    KUBO Challenge

    Age

    Pre-school: 5-6 years old

    Team size: 2-5 students guided by max 2 coaches/mentors

    Hardware: KUBO

    Software: KUBO

    Characteristics: A mission-based competition where children code and fabricate add-ons for a robot to solve missions on a playfield.  

    04a NRC (Preschool) KUBO Challenge Booklet 2024

    NRC (Preschool) KUBO Challenge Announcement

    ARTec Challenge

    Age

    Pre-school: 5-6 years old

    Team size: 2-5 students guided by max 2 coaches/mentors

    Hardware: ARTec Coding+ Set

    Software: ARTec Icon Programming

    Characteristics: In this edition of the ARTec Robotics (Preschool) in NRC, children will build and code the robots to perform different missions and solve problems. They are also required to think critically and work as a team as they complete the missions. 

    For any enquiries regarding this category, please email enquiries@wow.com.sg 

    04b NRC (Preschool) ARTec Challenge Booklet 2024

    NRC (Preschool) Artec Challenge Announcement

  • NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge
    NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Autnomous Driving Category)

    Age: Primary | Secondary | Tertiary

    Software: CoSpace Auto-Driving Simulator

    Hardware: VRBOT-C6

    Theme: Smart Transportation 

    Characteristics (Primary & Secondary Levels)

    The challenge is focused on the theme of Smart Transportation and requires participants to program a virtual robot to complete several individual tasks which are commonly used for in smart transportation, such as line tracing, obstacle avoidance, and colour detection using RGB sensors.

    In 2024, a new exciting challenge using real robot (VRBOT-C6) will be introduced. In addition to the virtual competition, teams can join CoSpace Real Robot Challenge. Awards will also be given to the winning teams of the real robot challenge. The NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Autonomous Driving Category) 2024 has two sub-divisions.

    • Virtual Robot Challenge

    It is compulsory for all teams to take part in the virtual robot Challenge.

    • Real Robot Challenges (Optional)

    Teams are encouraged to take part in the Real Robot Challenge using VRBOT-C6.

    The NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Autonomous Driving Category) 2024 will present awards to the top 3 teams of the following categories:

    • NRC CoSpace Real Robot Challenge
    • NRC CoSpace Virtual Robot Challenge
    • NRC CoSpace Robot Grand Challenge
    • The winner of grand challenge is evaluated based on the total score of real robot challenge and virtual robot challenge.

    The RoboCup Singapore CoSpace Coding Challenge is open to students who no prior experience in robotics or coding is required. Novice participants are welcome. Training will be provided to all participants to ensure they have the necessary skills to complete the challenge.

    Assessment of the participants will be based on the RoboCup Singapore Education Framework, and students who demonstrate the required skills and competencies will be recognized with one of the following three grades: Pass, Merit or Distinction.

    05a NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Auto-Driving-Pri-Sec) Rules 2024

    Characteristics (Tertiary)

    In RoboCup SG CoSpace coding challenge tertiary level, teams need to develop and program a virtual robot car based on the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to solve the last mile delivery challenge.

    After the learning journey throughout CoSpace Coding Challenge @ NRC Coding Challenge, students will build-up foundations and confidence to participate in the CoSpace Autonomous Driving Challenge at RoboCup Singapore Open 2025.

    05b NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Auto-Driving-Tertiary) Rules 2024

    NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Auto-Driving Category) Challenge Recording

    Website: NRC2024.robocupsg.org

    Contact: cospace@robocupap.org

     

    NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Rescue Category)

    Age: Primary | Secondary | Tertiary

    Software: CoSpace Rescue Simulator

    Hardware: VRBOT-C6

    Theme: Environmental Sustainability 

    Characteristics (Primary & Secondary Levels)

    The challenge aims to bring together students with basic robotics and coding skills and an interest in environmental sustainability. Participants will be required to program a virtual robot to complete several individual tasks commonly used in identifying trash bins and collecting them without human intervention. These tasks include obstacle avoidance, colour detection using RGB sensors, navigation, and path planning for sustainable waste management.

    In 2024, a new exciting challenge using real robot (VRBOT-C6) will be introduced. In addition to the virtual competition, teams can join CoSpace Real Robot Challenge. Awards will also be given to the winning teams of the real robot challenge. The NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Autonomous Driving Category) 2024 has two sub-divisions.

    • Virtual Robot Challenge

    It is compulsory for all teams to take part in the virtual robot Challenge.

    • Real Robot Challenges (Optional)

    Teams are encouraged to take part in the Real Robot Challenge using VRBOT-C6.

    The NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Autonomous Driving Category) 2024 will present awards to the top 3 teams of the following categories:

    • NRC CoSpace Real Robot Challenge
    • NRC CoSpace Virtual Robot Challenge
    • NRC CoSpace Robot Grand Challenge
    • The winner of grand challenge is evaluated based on the total score of real robot challenge and virtual robot challenge.

    The RoboCup Singapore CoSpace Coding Challenge is open to students who no prior experience in robotics or coding is required. Novice participants are welcome. Training will be provided to all participants to ensure they have the necessary skills to complete the challenge.

    Assessment of the participants will be based on the RoboCup Singapore Education Framework, and students who demonstrate the required skills and competencies will be recognized with one of the following three grades: Pass, Merit or Distinction.

    05c NRC RoboCup CoSpace Robot Challenge (Rescue-Pri-Sec) Rules 2024

    Characteristics (Tertiary)

    For this challenge, 2 teams will compete with each other by developing and programming strategies for virtual autonomous robots to navigate, search and collect different objects in virtual environments.

    After the learning journey throughout CoSpace Coding Challenge @ NRC Coding Challenge, students will build-up foundations and confidence to participate in the CoSpace Rescue Challenge at RoboCup Singapore Open 2025.

    05d NRC RoboCup CoSpace Robot Challenge (Rescue-Tertiary) Rules 2024

    NRC CoSpace Robot Challenge (Rescue Category) Challenge Recording

    Website: NRC2024.robocupsg.org

    Contact: cospace@robocupap.org

  • NRC Smorphi

     

    NRC Smorphi Autonomous Challenge

    Age:
    Upper Primary: 10 – 12 years old
    Secondary: 13 – 17 Years old 
    Senior: 16 – 20 Years old 
    Tertiary: Above 20 years old  

    Team size: 4 to 5 members guided by a coach/mentor

    Software: Free Choice
    Hardware: Smorphi line of robots 
    Maximum Size: Max 40cm X 40cm X 40cm in square form 
    Characteristics:

    Build and program a robot that can achieve maximum area coverage in a given layout setting.

    NRC Smorphi Autonomous Challenge Category is a team-based Competition. Students must design, construct and program the Smorphi robots to autonomously achieve a maximum area coverage in a given layout. Only Smorphi line of robots can be used for the competition.

    06a NRC Smorphi Autonomous Challenge Booklet 2024

    NRC Smorphi Autonomous and Pilot Challenge Announcement

    NRC Smorphi Pilot Challenge

    Age:
    Upper Primary: 10 – 12 years old
    Secondary: 13 – 17 Years old 
    Senior: 16 – 20 Years old 
    Tertiary: Above 20 years old

    Team size: 4 to 5 members guided by a coach/mentor

    Software: Free Choice
    Hardware: Smorphi line of robots 
    Maximum Size: Max 40cm X 40cm X 40cm in square form 
    Characteristics:

    Build and program a robot that can achieve maximum area coverage in a given layout setting.

    Under the NRC Smorphi Pilot Challenge Category, teams must build and program their Smorphi robot to be controlled wirelessly. One student from the team must pilot the robot towards achieving a maximum area coverage in a given layout setting. Only Smorphi line of robots can be used for the competition. 

    06b NRC Smorphi Pilot Challenge Booklet 2024

    NRC Smorphi Autonomous and Pilot Challenge Announcement

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Please email any other queries to NRC@science.edu.sg

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