RoboGames is open to youth ages 6 to 18 from four school districts within the West Kootenay/ Boundary region. Youth in teams of up to two people will be supported with several weekly lessons on robotics, programming and circuit training culminating with competition in the RoboGames event at Selkirk College Castlegar Campus, Gym on April 29.


Teams will purchase a robotics kit supplied by RoboGames or supply their own Arduino / Raspberry Pi robots. Lego Mindstorms robots will not be allowed to compete in the competition.

All teams must have an adult mentor who will be actively supporting the team as they design, build and program their robot.

Instruction will take place at the team’s own pace using virtual sessions developed by Brad Pommen, Nelson Tech Club President so internet access and streaming capability is essential.

Teams must also have access to a Windows or MAC computer to run coding software and use of an iPad, iPhone, Android or laptop/computer with Bluetooth to control the robot is suggested.

While previous years have focused on younger entrants, this year’s event is introducing tiered events, including a new high school category for students ready to compete at a higher level. Participants will be able to design, build and program robots using computer science, coding and robotics kits. 


Get to know the robot. When youth have finished their creation, circuit training is critical. At the event day, the teams will compete in five categories:

  • the obstacle course
  • line following
  • robot soccer
  • special tricks
  • robot battles

Volunteer judges note:

  • each entry’s design and assembly
  • the programming and logic
  • the robot’s ability to problem-solve
  • the robot’s ability to adapt to challenging situations

An online robotics training and curriculum video developed by Pommen will be available to mentors and youth, allowing them to prepare and learn via webcast up until the end of April.


The actual competition will take place in Castlegar, in a larger and more centrally located facility that will reduce travel time and allow for increased competitors and supporters. 

We are expecting over 80 youth participants from the region.

The following competition brackets exist:

  • Ages 6-10
  • Ages 11-14
  • Ages 14-18 (secondary school competition)
  • All ages – Innovation category