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The Mindstorms Annual Online Competition

Mindstorms Alpha RexLooking for an interesting challenge to hone your robot building skills?  Want to pit your skills against the rest of the World?  If so, then The Mindstorms Annual Online Competition might be just the thing for you.

Here’s a run down taken from various pages on the official site:


  • All entries MUST be submitted before 25th December
  • Up to three entries per person
  • Each entry can be submitted into up to 2 categories
  • NO COPYING You will be immediately disqualified
  • All entries have to be on the web
  • LEGO elements ONLY. Third party sensors are allowed


Each project will be marked out of 100:

  • DESIGN: 20 points, Is your structure sturdy and well built?
  • FUNCTION: 20 points, Does your robot do something well?
  • AESTHETICS: 20 points, Does it look great?
  • VIDEO (optional): 10 points
  • PICTURES: 5 points, Your project HAS to have pictures otherwise it will be disqualified
  • PROGRAM (optional): 10 points
  • LDD (optional): 5 points
  • DOCUMENTATION: 10 points, Have you documented how it works and how you built it well?


  • Once you have submitted you CANNOT WITHDRAW
  • It is better to try and cover all the things mentioned in judging
  • The more the better! A longer description, more pictures, detailed video, it’s all good stuff!

How to submit

First go to the categories page and chose two categories. Be sure to read it all to find out any special conditions!

  • You need Microsoft word for this! If you do not have it send me an email at: tmaoc.help@gmail.com
  • Download the word document and fill in all the questions
  • Attach it in an email
  • Name your email: Your name, your project    e.g. Maerskfan, TCATS
  • Send it to:  tmaoc.entry@gmail.com
  • Cross your fingers (optional)

All this info and any updates can be found on the official home page of this competition: [LINK].

About Xander

Xander Soldaat is a Software Engineer and former Infrastructure Architect. He loves building and programming robots. He recently had the opportunity to turn his robotics hobby into his profession and has started working for Robomatter, the makers of ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Words.