The WRO® theme 2024
Earth Allies.

In 2024 teams will learn more about how we humans affect nature and how nature and natural events can affect us.

They will investigate how robots can help us live in harmony with nature.

Can robots help us live in places where nature is dangerous or harsh, and can they assist us in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle


Check out the official Q&A section to find answers to your doubts


In the WRO RoboMission category teams design robots that solve challenges on a competition field.
The robots are fully autonomous.

For each age group a new field and mission are developed each year. On the day of the competition a surprise rule adds a new element to the mission.

An extra challenge will test the creativity and quick-thinking skills of the teams at national and international events.

Focus Areas
Every WRO category and game has a special focus on learning with robots. In the WRO RoboMission category, students will focus on developing in the following areas:
– General coding skills & basic robotics concepts (perception of environment, control, navigation).
– General engineering skills (building a robot that can push/lift objects of certain sizes).
– Developing optimal strategies to solve concrete missions.
– Computational Thinking (e.g., tinkering, debugging, collaboration etc.).
– Teamwork, communication, problem solving, creativity

In the past 100 years the earth’s population has increased from around 2 billion people to around 8 billion people. As a result of this many more people need food, clothes, fun activities and other things we need in our daily life.

We have now come to realize that the way we have produced food and other goods and our lifestyle in general – is harming the environment, nature and the animals living on the planet.

We want you to develop a robot that can help us clean up the mess we have made and rescue the animals.

The people in this village have decided that they want to grow their own food.

They want to protect the nature and eat vegetables and fruit without pesticides. They have a shared farm in the village so they can all have healthy fruit and vegetables. They also have some chickens at the farm, so they have fresh eggs. The problem is that they all have busy lives. So they decided to find a robot that helps them with the farm.

Can your robot help the people in the village checking on the vegetables, collecting them and watering the garden?

Green cities are urban areas that are designed to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

They have several advantages that help to improve the quality of life for their residents and live more in harmony with nature.

Some of the advantages of green cities are:

  • Green cities have cleaner air, which is better for our health.
  • Green cities have more parks and gardens, which are great places to play and explore.
  • Green cities use renewable energy, which is better for the environment.

Examples of modern and transforming green cities are Singapore or Paris where more trees and green areas have been installed to transform the cities into a green city.1 On the Junior game field, the robot will help transforming a city to a greener place by setting up new parks, helping people make a (roof top) garden and making use of renewable energy.

The forces of nature are powerful and unpredictable. We need to be prepared for the possibility of major disasters in many places in the world where people live. We need to develop new technologies and strategies to help us mitigate the effects of these disasters and to rebuild our communities after they occur.

Robots are an example of one of these new technologies. They can help to warn us in advance for a coming disaster.

They can also help us to prevent excess damage from and to help with rescues and rebuilding after a disaster has hit.

On the Senior game field, the robot will help restoring a city after a natural disaster. The robot will rebuild houses, clean the streets from debris and will repair water pipes.

Future Innovators

In the WRO Future Innovators category teams develop a robot that helps solve real-world problems. There is a new theme every year, often connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

After research into the theme each team develops an innovative and functioning robotic solution.

They present their project on the competition day.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas Every WRO category has a special focus on learning with robots.

In the WRO Future Innovators category, students will focus on developing in the following areas:
– Research and development: identify a specific problem within the season theme, research and come up with a creative solution.
– Prototyping: turning your idea into a functional robot solution.
– Technical engineering skills: implementing a robotic solution while using different source of materials (controllers, motors, sensors, 3rd party equipment etc.).
– Software engineering skills: developing a code that supports the robotic solution (e.g., using sensors, interaction between multiple devices).
– Innovation: Think about potential users, the impact and how you could turn your prototype into reality.
– Presentation skills: Prepare a project booth and present the idea to judges & audience.
– Teamwork, communication, problem solving, creativity

Future Engineers

In the WRO Future Engineers category teams need to focus on all parts of the engineering process.
The teams get points for documenting their process and making a public GitHub repository.

Every year a 20 to 30% change will be made to the challenges.

The whole challenge will change every 4-5 years. In the Self-Driving Cars challenge a robotic vehicle needs to drive autonomously on a parkours that randomly changes for each competition round.

Focus Areas

Every WRO category has a special focus on learning with robots.

In the WRO Future Engineers category, students will focus on developing in the following areas:
– Use of computer vision and sensor fusion to estimate the state of the parkours and the vehicle itself.
– A working vehicle with open-source hardware such as electromechanical components and controllers.
– Action planning and control of robots with moving parts and kinematics different from the differential drive (e.g., steering).
– Optimal strategies to solve the mission, including stability of mission solving.
– Teamwork, communication, problem solving, project management, creativity.
– An Engineering journal to show progress and design strategies.


In the WRO RoboSports category teams design robots that compete with robots of another team.
In a match two teams each have 2 robots on the field.

The robots are coded to play the game autonomously and collaborate with each other where possible.

The sport that is played by the robots changes every 4-5 years.

Focus Areas

Every WRO category has a special focus on learning with robots.

At the WRO Double Tennis Game, students will focus on developing in the following areas:
– More advanced coding skills (repeating algorithms for a good game play).
– Communication between robots and planning collaborative actions.
– Orientation of the robot on the field in an environment with other robots that move.
– General engineering skills (building robots that can push/shoot objects of certain sizes) and advanced kinematics (omni-directional robots).
– Application of imaging using cameras and sensors
– Strategy and tactics changing depending on the opponent’s robot’s behavior.
– Teamwork, communication, problem solving, creativity