online competition


4 age groups

2 challenges


age groups

Rookie (only Engineer Challenge)
max. 10 years old 
(born in years: 2012 or later)

10-14 years old
(born in years between: 2008 – 2012) 

15-19 years old
(born in years between: 2003 – 2007) 

Masters (only Engineer Challenge)
min. 19 years old
(born in years: 2003 or earlier)

What is EDU Robotics CUP?


Edu Robotics Cup (ERC) was created by Edutus University in 2020. The idea came when only online events could be organized because of the COVID-19  pandemic. In these difficult times, it was important to encourage people to get involved with STEAM subjects and to be able to continue organizing robot building and programming competitions for those whose favorite activity is this. It was a great opportunity for both experienced and beginner competitors. After the successful 2020 season we decided to keep Edu Robotics Cup as a permanent part of the robotics competition calendar and to expand it internationally to have competitors from all around the world.

Why is it different?

ERC is a new, innovative online robot building and programming competition which is open for all age groups – unlike other competitions. It consists of an Engineer Challenge and a Project Challenge, both in English language. Challengesrequire competitors to show their creativity, building and programming skills. Anybody can participate in a team of 1-3 team members.


First you have to create an account at or if you already have one, you can just jump to step two and log in. Select the competition you want to enter from the list of avaialble applications (Edu Robotics Cup Engineer Challenge 2022/2023 or Edu Robotics Cup Project Challenge 2022/2023) and finish your application. If you chose Engineers Challenge you have to make sure to have the competition mat printed before the competition period starts (file for the official competition mat coming soon). If you applied for Project Challenge you can start working on your projectHope you will enjoy working on your robotics solution!

About the Challenge

Engineer Challenge is a category that focuses more on programming, but building is still a vital part of completing the tasks. For this category all competitors in the 4 age groups are welcome. After registration the competition participants will get access to the general rules of the category, a list of needed game objects and the official competition mat file. Teams then have to make sure to acquire the game objects and have the game mat printed before the competition period starts. We have chosen everyday items or easy to access objects, because we think these are either already part of an average household or competitors can get them easily and cheap. Exact tasks for each age group will be announced in the morning of the competition period’s first day and we will also share a detailed explanatory video made by our head judges. Teams will then have some days to program and calibrate their robots to complete the tasks during the competition period. Don’t forget to upload your solution within the deadline!

Printable competiton mats and list of game objects


available from 8am 21st January

Rookie age group

kids age group

teens age group

masters age group

Questions and answers

Engineer Challenge

Starting the robot can be done by the push of any one button in case of Spike Prime and Robot inventor robots. Reason is that many times many seconds pass before the controller reacts and that would be an unfair time disadvantage for teams with those robots.

No problem, we focus on what we see when we do the scoring.

It can be plastic or glass. It can be transparent, not transparent and of any color.

No official format. It can be screenshots, pdf, the program file itself. Main idea is that we can check what the robot does and why.

Yes, you can fix the mat.

Yes, if the dominos you have do not stand on their own, you can build the dominos from LEGO as long as they fit inside the starting area.

Rookie age group

  • LEGO WeDo 2.0
  • LEGO Spike Essential
  • LEGO Mindstorms EV3
  • LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor
  • LEGO Spike Prime

There are 2 options to set up the bottle caps: one is according to the rulebook and the other is according to the video. The team can choose which one they do.

Infrared remote control is also allowed.

Team members can touch, grab, redirect the robot within the cave area. Game objects can also be touched, rearranged.

Kids age group

If they stay in the straight up way as you put them down in the green starting area.

Yes, the robot can move on any part of the game field.

Masters age group

The camping site area in the lower left corner of the game field.


10th November 2022 – 6th January 2023 Registration Period
07:00 CET 12nd January 2023
17:00 CET 12nd January 2023
Coach Meeting
(meetings are identical)

21st – 25th January 2023

23:59 CET 25th January 2023

Competition Period

Video Upload Deadline

26th – 28th January 2023 Scoring
29th – 30th January 2023 Possibility of Team Appeals
2nd February 2023 Online Results Announcement and Closing Ceremony

previous season

Engineer Challenge
age group game rules and videos

for reference

If you register your team to this competition season here are the rules of the previous ERC season. You can count on similar tasks but in a different game mat environment.


The Project Challenge is only available for two age groups: Kids (10 – 14 years old) and Teens (15 – 19 years old). The official language of the competition is English. After registration teams can start working their project within the theme of National Parks and can get further inspiration by checking out the sub-themes in the challenge rules. Their task is to create an innovative project that shows how programming and robotics can fit the theme from any perspective. Teams have to prepare a video presentation and a documentation of their project that includes the usage of at least one Lego robot from Lego Mindstorms EV3Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor or Lego Spike Prime set. Other than that, there is no restriction on materials used to present the project. The aim is to present the most innovative and creative solution to a problem. After submission of documentation judges will have a short online call with all teams to discuss the projects.



10th November – 5th January 2023Registration Period
09:00 CET 7th December 2022
17:00 CET 7th December 2022
Coach Meeting
(meetings are identical)

23:59 CET 13th January 2023

23:59 CET 23rd January 2023

Written Documentation 1st Draft Upload Deadline

Final Upload Deadline for Written Documentation and Presentation Video

26th – 28th January 2023Online Interviews
2nd February 2023Online Results Announcement and Closing Ceremony

Choose Your Challenge

Engineer Challenge

  • VAT included

Project Challenge

  • VAT included

Mentor Challenge*

  • VAT included

Mentor Challenge is the combination of 1 Rookie/Kids/Teens team and 1 Masters team of which the coach from the underage team is a team member.
After the succesfull registration of both teams the coach should inform organizers that they pick the Mentor Challenge option!

Registration fee is to-be-payed upon the received invoice.

how much does it cost to register?

  • Project Challenge registration fee:
    29 EUR (incl. VAT)
  • Engineer Challenge registration fee:
    29 EUR (incl. VAT)
  • Mentor Challenge registration fee:
    45 EUR (incl. VAT)

 Registration fee is to-be-payed upon the received invoice.

What equipment do I need to compete?

What you’ll need is:

  • laptop / tablet
  • your robot

Any software or firmware is allowed to be used on the controller. You can use any of the following Lego sets to build the robot:

  1. Lego EV3 Mindstorms core set
  2. Education Spike Prime set
  3. Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor set
  4. LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 (only in Rookie age group)
  • sensors (HiTechnic Color Sensor is allowed as non-Lego accessory)
  • Engineer Challenge game mat and game objects (teams have to acquire for themselves)

When are engineer and project challenge tasks released?

Engineer Challenge:
Exact tasks for each age group will be announced in the morning of the competition’s first day and we will also share a detailed explanatory video made by our head judges. Teams will then have some days to program and calibrate their robots to complete the tasks.

Project Challenge:
When the competition is announced competitors will get to know the theme of this category, the exact competition format and all the deadlines they need to meet with their innovative projects.

Can I apply to both categories?

Yes! If someone wants to compete in both categories, it’s possible to apply as member of max. one Engineer Challenge and max. one Project Challenge teams.*

* In case of applying as a member of two teams it is possible to have different team mates and different team name as well for the two categories (having the exact same team in both challenges is not a criteria nor is it forbidden).

I have a question...

If you have questions about registration and payment, send us an email to and ask our organizer team.

If you have questions about the competition (games and rules, registration system, uploading files), send us an email to and ask our head judges.