About National Robotics Competition, NRC 2020

For the past 21 years, Science Centre Singapore has been organising The National Robotics Competition (NRC) with support from the Ministry of Education, various partners and sponsors. To date, the competition has attracted more than 50,000 participants and 230,000 supporters.


Science Centre Singapore will be launching this year’s National Robotics Competition (NRC) online. It will comprise of the following three tournaments

  1. World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Open Category
  2. CoderZ Coding Challenge << NEW FOR THIS YEAR!!!
  3. Robomaster Youth Challenge << NEW FOR THIS YEAR!!!


Date Duration (Start and End Dates): August to November 2020
Time Duration: Various durations
Location: Online

Registration closes 23 October 2020


The registration is now open! We look forward to your continued support.

Please email for any enquiries.




World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Open Category 2020

Schedule released. Please click here to access.

Open to all levels
  • WeDo: Participants 8 years and below
  • Elementary (Primary): Participants up to 12 years old
  • Junior (Secondary): Participants up to 13-17 years old
  • Senior (Tertiary): Participants up to 16-19 years old

Finals for presentation: 17-18 November 2020

Registration fees: $20 per team (team registration)

Competition format

  • Finals will be conducted via online video conferencing platform
  • Teams will have to present to a panel of judges virtually

NRC will follow the gameplay of WRO Challenge 2020 for the WeDo, elementary, junior and senior categories. The respective categories in NRC are WeDo, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.

NRC 2020 theme: Climate Squad Introduction

Download World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Open Category Challenge Booklet Here

Updated 5 October 2020


CoderZ  Coding (Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Categories)

Competition Date coderzleague
Primary Category: 9 November 2020 (updated)
Secondary Category: 10 November 2020 (updated)
Post-Secondary / Tertiary: 11 November 2020 (updated)


Primary Category: Ages 9 – 12 at the year of competition (block-based programming)
Secondary Category: Ages 13 – 16 at the year of competition (block-based or Python programming)
Post-Secondary Category: Ages 17-19 at the year of competition (block-based or Python programming)

Registration fees: $5 per participant – individual registration

In this challenge, teams will be using the CoderZ platform, CoderZ is a powerful, award-winning online platform through which students learn valuable STEM skills such as coding, robotics and physical computing. CoderZ is highly flexible and designed for use in the classroom or through a wide range of remote learning environments.

Teams will have to undergo a Challenge, where they must code their virtual robots to accomplish a task. The team that scores the highest points (in their respective category) will win!

Competition format

On the day of the competition, participants will be grouped into a team of 30, with each team of 30 assigned to one instructor for training in the morning. Each team will then be subdivided into 4 groups with each group attempting one of the four preliminary missions each. Students from different schools will be grouped within the same group to promote co-operation amongst themselves.

Awards and Judging Criteria

Scoring is based on strategy and code quality. This will be represented by the points that you get.

The total score will be calculated, and each student from the top-scoring team will receive the followings:

Primary, Secondary and Post Secondary Category

  1. $30 Curiousity Shop vouchers sponsored by Science Centre Singapore
  2. IQube Tactiles STEM set sponsored by Duck Learning
  3. Certificate of Merit

Download CoderZ Challenge Booklet Here Updated 4 November 2020


Robomaster Youth Challenge

Competition Date 
Preliminaries (Round-Robin): 11 November 2020 (updated)

Finals (Knock-Out): 12 November 2020 (updated)


Secondary/Tertiary Category: Ages 13-19 at the year of competition (block-based and/or Python programming)

 Registration fees: $20 per team



The RoboMaster Youth Challenge is a brand-new category within the NRC which derives its format from the Robomaster Robotics Competition and is targeted at young participants. Launched by DJI and in collaboration with SCS, the Challenge requires young participants to form teams and engage in battles by operating their self-developed or modified robots.

It focuses on building the theoretical engineering knowledge and AI application skills among youths and helping them progress from mastering robotic basics and programming to AI and robot control theory. Its competitive format is a test of the participants’ quick adaptability, problem detection and problem-solving skills. Meanwhile, the Challenge will also put the participants’ teamwork and a sense of responsibility to the test.

Competition format

On the 1st day of the competition, teams consisting of 3 participants will be pitted against 3 other opposing teams to engage in 3v3 tactical shooting battles as well as perform various tasks in a specially designed arena. Points will be awarded for various objectives and top 8 teams with the most points scored will be invited back for the second day of competition where these finalists will participate in “knock-out” competition play to determine the winners.

Download Robomaster Challenge Document here

Robomaster Trials

Trials sessions for the DJI Robomaster Ep & S1 will be conducted by the Centre for teams interested in finding out more about the robots and/or the competition may spend up to 2 hours with our trained educators. Limited slots are available for the following dates and will have capacity limited for teams (subject to change at the Centre’s discretion) due to current safety measures:

  • 5th to 7th Oct (AM & PM sessions)
  • 14th to 16th Oct (AM & PM sessions)

Kindly email us at if interested.

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