National Robotics Competition (Singapore)

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National Robotics Competition
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Tournament information
Location Singapore
Established 1999 (as National Junior Robotics Competition (NJRC) )
Host(s) Singapore Science Centre
Duck Learning Education
Venue(s) Singapore Science Centre

National Robotics Competition (NRC) is a robotics competition jointly organised by Singapore Science Centre and Duck Learning Education, with support from the Ministry of Education and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.[1] It aims to help nurture a new generation of youths with interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to aspire in improving the lives of people, and encourages students to develop problem solving skills, entrepreneurial skills, creative thinking skills and team spirit.


National Robotics Competition was first organised in 1999 as National Junior Robotics Competition (NJRC) with 167 teams from 70 schools.[2] In the competition, teams of not more than 5 students build a robot using the Lego Mindstorms robotics system.[3] Competitors are divided into three categories: Upper Primary Division, for Primary 3 to Primary 6 students, Secondary Division for secondary or equivalent level, and Tertiary Division, for 1st and 2nd year ITE/JC/Poly students.[4] In 2007, 13 schools participated in the competition, sending a total of 37 teams.[5]

In 2016, a holistic review is made to the competition following an announcement during the closing ceremony of the competition that year. NJRC was officially renamed as National Robotics Competition (NRC) in 2017. An additional category for children aged six to eight years is added, along with other new elements such as the robotic arm hackathon.[6]

National Junior Robotics Competition Milestones[edit]


  • Mission for primary school requires the use of colour sensor.
  • Missions are similar to challenges in WRO 2013
  • Surprise mission in primary school preliminaries day 1 needs two colour sensors; one for detecting colour of cubes, one for detecting colour of bins (which was decided through throwing of dice)
  • Nan Hua Primary School won the championship in the Primary School category for the first time.
  • ITE College Central won the championship in the Tertiary category for the first time.


  • The first mission of the challenge involves knocking down drink cans of 330ml each.
  • The mission also involves a second mission which is a secret mission. They are made known to the Pri and Sec Sch teams a few days before the actual challenge. The tertiary teams only know the secret mission on the actual day of the challenge.
  • 10th anniversary of National Junior Robotics Competition
  • Hwa Chong Institution won the National Junior Robotics Competition Championship for 2 years consecutively in the Tertiary Division, and also clinched the Best Robot Performance Award in the Tertiary Division.
  • River Valley High won the championship for secondary division for the first time.
  • Rulang Primary School reclaimed their status as the robotics champion for upper primary division from Chua Chu Kang Primary School, which won the championship for 2006 and 2007.


  • The introduction of the Lego Mindstorms NXT system
  • The mission had two storeys
  • The teams had to present a video footage to showcase the team's entire learning journey instead of the usual journal
  • The introduction of new category involving ITE/JC/Poly(1st year & 2nd year) students
  • For the first time in National Junior Robotics Competition's history, the judges allowed Admiralty Secondary School to have a rerun for the mission. This was because the playfield was not up to standard as structural errors were experienced. The playfield which Admiralty Secondary School ran on had its deformities, resulting in the playfield's base to be unbalanced. Thus, many of Admiralty Secondary School's robots were unable to complete the missions during the first run.It was after several deliberations and negotiations before the decision was announced to allow Admiralty Secondary School a second run for the mission so as to make sure the teams are playing under fair grounds.
  • Chua Chu Kang Primary School won the championship award for the upper primary category for 2 years consecutively, with full marks for the surprise mission during the Grand Finals.


  • Robots have to travel in 5 cm deep waters
  • The mission had an elevator
  • The playing field was constructed using acrylic
  • Admiralty Secondary School won the National Junior Robotics Competition Championship for 4 years consecutively.


  • The mission had three storeys
  • The mission had stairs
  • Admiralty Secondary School won the National Junior Robotics Competition Championship for 3 years consecutively.


  • Teams were given 7 missions to work on
  • Mobile phones were not allowed to be used by competitors during competition
  • Teams were not provided with the playing field to use at their own home ground. Only selected schools were provided
  • All teams in the Primary school section achieved zero points in the surprise mission
  • "The Best Robot Performance Award" was decided from the interview sessions.
  • Admiralty Secondary School won the National Junior Robotics Competition Championship for 2 years consecutively.


  • The mission features double level playfields


  • Non-competitors were not allowed in the pit areas to prevent unfair advantages
  • The playing mat was made out of printed paper and not black sticky tape
  • The "Surprise mission" was revealed on the Finals itself.


  • Teams were allowed to use two light sensors and one rotation sensor
  • The "Surprise mission" was introduced. The surprise mission was revealed the day before the Finals.


  • Teams were given objects to collect and deliver
  • The competition had two missions
  • The mission had ramps


  • First held at the World Trade Centre (current Harbourfront Centre)


  1. ^ "National Junior Robotics Competition 2007 website". Archived from the original on 4 August 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "An Introduction to NJRC". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "NJRC 2015 - Challenge Announcement Manual" (PDF). Science Centre Singapore. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  4. ^ "National Junior Robotics Competition 2007 Challenge Manual". Retrieved 22 July 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Green Denmark Award launched to encourage students to fight climate change". Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "National Robotics Competition". Science Centre Singapore. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 

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