IRC 2019 General Information and Rules

  • International Robot Challenge (IRC) is an annual robotics competition for adolescents age between 12-18. IRC promotes the role of engineering, coding, and robotics in education. It aims to improve participants’ creativity and enthusiasm by letting them solve the problem of the Master Game by asking them to design, build and program their unique robots. IRC nurtures students’ creativity and interest in robotics. IRC is a lifetime chance for students to develop their 21st-century skills like being a team member, social, researching and problem-solving.

    IRC is held in ” the land of smiles”. As IRC family, diversity of involving countries, peace, and respecting each other have great importance for us.

    We believe that this dialogue will help us to make the world a better place by communicating the environmental and technological problems.

    Each team can involve up to three students. An individual cannot join more than one project. However, a school can apply with more than one project. Each team can prepare only one robot for the mission game. The first IRC 2018 is designed only for LEGO this year, so Lego Mindstorm, Lego Boost, Lego NXT, or other Lego parts and motors can be used.



    • Motivating students into engineering and science
    • Leading participants to next intellectual level
    • Engaging 21st learning skills
    • Cultivating analytical thinking among the secondary students

     2.Mission Game Rules and Details

    Rescue and Transfer Mission

    After disasters, transportation of the goods is a serious problem, in some cases, aids can be kept in ports, stations, or Warehouses for long durations. Your logistics robots will try to find a solution to this transportation problem. In the game arena, there will be a supplies center where you can find three types of goods; clothes, foods, and medicines. You need to carry all these to their destination.

    Mission Game

    IRC mission game has 3 rounds: autonomous or driven by the remote controller. The robots compete in a field which will be divided into two identical subfields and every team has a special region (Rescue and Transfer Mission Supplies Center). The subfields will be separated by a red line that teams will have their private region to complete the tasks. At each subfield, all zones are marked with color (printed on a matte surface) and each relief goods center is identified as colored areas. Please check the field drawings for more details.

    Blue relief goods center is for clothes, Green relief goods center is for medicines and Red relief goods center is for foods.

    There will be 5 red cubes, 5 green foam golf balls, and 3 blue soda cans in the supplies center, and they will be placed randomly.

    The Robot is responsible to pick up the relief goods from the supplies center (the orange colored area) and transporting them to 3 different colored areas which are representing relief goods center. There is no specific placement of the game materials in the relief goods center, at least materials are in the correct area.

    Your robot is not allowed to pass the border of their subfield. The robot will start its task from the robot lot and teams are allowed to make design modifications on the robot like adding or removing attachments or changing the code during the competition round ONLY within the robot lot(Emergency Service Center).

    There will be three rounds for each team and the team may compete in any side of the field; different rounds may be held in different fields.

    The time given for the mission game is 3 minutes.

    Scoring of the Mission Game

    Each mission game material placed in a correct section gives you 30 points. If a robot does this task in an autonomous way gets an extra 15 points. Placing a block in a wrong section gives you only 15 points.

    If teams violate any fair play rules, like destroying or blocking the opponent team’s robot intentionally, the team will lose 100 points. In addition to these penalties, teams violating fair play rules can be subject to disqualification from the competition by the referee’s decision.

    Robot Design and Inspection

    All finalist robots will be inspected on the setup/practice day and any robot which does not apply the below rules would be disqualified and ineligible to compete in IRC.

    Size: Robot must fit in the 15-inch cube. Width: 15 inches Height: 15 inches Length: 15 inches.

    Since we only allow Lego Robot materials to build up and design your robot for IRC mission game, you are allowed to use unlimited materials of any Lego Robot Set; intelligent brick or other lego microcontroller, motors, sensors, etc… However, each team is allowed to use maximum two remote controllers; lego IR Beacon, or mobile phone/tablet application.

    Game Materials

    Game field: IRC mission game field will be the matte color printed surface, please consider your robot design.

    You can download the robot field here.

    Game materials: There will 3 different materials for the IRC mission game; red cube, foam golf ball and small size soda can.


                               Blue color coffee can                     Green foam golf ball                         Red color cube                                                                                                     

    Click on each description to get more idea about the IRC mission game materials.

    IRC Mission Game Judging Criteria

    a. Engineering book – 15 %: Teams can gather any details about the robot including design choices, drawings, experiments, photos for the development stages, coding schemes and source codes and the system layout of the robot. This document may also contain some unstructured engineering notes and handwritten records. There is no specific format for the engineering book but teams must explain their project stages using the information in their engineering book.

    b. Presentation  – 15 %: Teams will present their project and explain the details about their robot by using their engineering book and optionally their poster. Each team will be given 6 minutes at most to tell about their design and engineering work. Judges may ask questions during or after the presentation. There is no specification for the optional project poster. Designing a poster is recommended. 

    c. Mission game score – 70% : (details are given above under master game scoring)

    IRC Mission Game Awarding

    • Team participants will receive medals individually according to judging scores in the final round.
    • The medal awards will be given depending on particular ranges; Gold, Silver,  and Bronze medals.
    • Team participants will receive certificates as well individually.

    Game Field


    IRC General Rules

    • Application: A robotics project can be prepared and submitted by up to three students.
    • Application: Schools may submit multiple teams/projects, however, each student may be in only one team. Each must submit an application.
    • Application: Each team must have their own robot and robots cannot be shared among teams, even they are from the same school.
    • Application: The robot’s description paper (engineering book, technical details, etc) with photos will be required for a complete application. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit their robot (project) description paper.
    • Application: Your file names must be in English characters.
    • Application: The project description paper should include: title, student names, city, and country, mission game robot information, the cost, engineering drawings, description of the design, drawings, photos of the robot (throughout the design phase and a final photo). The paper will be uploaded into the online application. Acceptable file formats for the project paper are doc and PDF, not exceeding 5 MB in file size. Recommended page limit is 15, with acceptable font sizes 11 or 12 for any font type and page margins one inch or more (2.5 cm) from each side.
    • At the fair: Open-toe or open-back shoes are NOT allowed in the practice and competition area.
    • At the fair: Students may choose to present their robot and design using a poster. If you choose so, students should come to the competition with pre-printed materials to prepare their posters.
    • At the fair: Supervisors are NOT allowed at the competition area during the event. Students should be able to handle all competition issues
    • At the fair: Students are allowed to make changes and improve their robots between application and fair presentation.
    • At the fair: A table will be provided for each team for their set-up.
    • At the fair: There will be 2 practice fields which will provide practicing for four teams at the same time. Teams will be asked to take turns in every 15 minutes.


    1. Other Robotic Games


    In addition to the mission game, there will be two extra robotics challenges to test participants’ designing and creativity skills as well as their ability on robotics. Necessary information such as programming and construction of the robots, tools, and required items will be provided by the organization on 9th March. Every team needs to choose one of these challenges. Rules and Challenges details will be given before the games.

    There would be medals and certificate award in the other robotic games, participants will have fun at the same time challenging.


    1. Registration


    Registration to IRC can be completed in only three steps. In this section, detailed information and examples about the registration process will be given.

    1) Engineering book: Every team must prepare an engineering book for their report. In this report, the engineering design process must be followed. After stating the problem clearly one more time, your background researched must be also added. Then, you can start explaining your design and how it might overcome the given problem in the mission game. In this section, you can also add pictures of the main steps of your work. Details of your robots should be included in this report such as weight, size, items used, and use of parts of the robot. In the conclusion part, stats about your robot must be given.

    2) YouTube Link: Every team must prepare a video which introduces themselves and explains their design. This is also important as much as engineering book in order to be qualified to the finals in Thailand. In the video, you should also show that your robot completely finished and ready to compete.  Video title must be as following; -IRC 2019 ‘country name’ ‘the name of your design’-

    3) Payment: Registration fee same as math challenge.