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It’s finally here — the Mission One Logbook

Sep 15, 2017

Are you ready for liftoff? For this year’s Wonder League Robotics Competition, we are releasing three missions (Sept. 18, Oct. 30, Dec. 4), and each mission will be detailed in a kid-facing Mission Logbook. The Mission One Logbook has now landed for teams ages 6–8 and 9–12!

We created two versions of the logbooks: one is in full color, and the others have less color (see pages 5–14).

This year, we envision team members creating authentic portfolios of their hard work throughout this journey — scientific journals! As part of this year’s submission process, we will be looking for “evidence” of individual team member’s planning, design, and reflection process. If you choose to, simply print out the age-specific Mission One Logbook for each of your team members. You may want to hole-punch and keep the packets in individual binders. Alternatively, you could create a master team binder.

If printing is prohibitive, display/share the logbook intro and challenges, and have kids create their scientific journals in notebooks or via online platforms — Google Docs/Slides, Nearpod, Classkick, and more — using some of the provided prompts. Ask them to collect “evidence” (images, drawings, videos) of their thinking throughout their journey.

The packet for the Mission One Logbook includes:

  • a binder cover — Slide it into or attach it to a binder cover.
  • a preface — This introduction gives kids the context for the three missions in this year’s WLRC.
  • a Mission One title page — Think of this page as a divider for the Mission One section.
  • 3 challenge pages — Each challenge has step-by-step instructions for your team members. Have your teams tackle these challenges one by one; they get progressively more sophisticated in terms of coding concepts. We are intentionally scaffolding the skill sets in these challenges and missions. Mission One’s three challenges should take about 12 hours in all to complete.
  • 4 graphic organizers: “Today’s Plan,” “Planning Grid,” “Designs,” and “Today’s Milestones” — You can make multiple copies of the pages with the pencil icon in the upper right-hand corner. We suggest giving team members a set of these graphic organizers to use for each team meeting. Alternatively, they could document their ideas and reflections in a notebook or online journal.

On Oct. 9, we will be releasing a Solution Guide for you, the coach (gotta let the teams dig in a bit on their own, first!). This year, we will not be judging individual teams’ submissions for these first three missions. Instead, we will be providing possible solutions and judging rubric, and encouraging you to celebrate the team’s accomplishments in your community (see the Celebration Pack).

In order to compete for one of the 1,000 spots in the Invitational Round, however, you will have to submit evidence of your team’s work from all three missions by Feb. 16, 2018. These requirements will be outlined in detail in the Solution Guide, but take a look at the “Time to Log” section for the three challenges, where we outline what we are asking kids to document and share — it alludes to what we’ll ultimately need you to submit. [*Again, more details to come on submitting your team’s work in the Solution Guide.

Are your teams ready?

Countdown begins: 3, 2, 1 … and we have LIFTOFF!

The Mission One Logbook is found in the Coaches’ Cohorts on Edmodo. You have until Dec. 31 to register teams to compete in this year’s Wonder League Robotics Competition.

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Wonder League Robotics Competition FAQ | Year 8

Hello, robotics enthusiasts! If you’re here, you’re probably as excited as we are about the 8th Annual Wonder League Robotics Competition! To help you and your teams have the best possible experience competing this year, we wanted to share answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Who Can Compete:

Any kid, anywhere in the world, ages 6-8 (Innovator Cup) and 9-12 (Pioneer Cup). There are two age brackets: 6-8 and 9-12 and team members have to fall within the age category at some point during the competition. Participants must be the qualifying age for their bracket on the last day of the competition, but if they gain a year during the competition, that’s OK. They won’t age out! 

Competition Brackets:

  • Innovator Cup (Age 6-8)
  • Pioneer Cup (Age 9-12)

What Makes a Team:

A team is made up of a supervising adult coach, and one or more children (up to 5). That’s right, kids can compete solo, but a coach who is 18+ is needed to help with the submission process. For multi-kid teams, each member must be in the same age bracket. Coaches may have multiple teams and can register all their teams after registering as a coach. Please keep in mind that each team will need a separate Class Connect registration.

Note: Younger students may participate in the 9-12 age category, but please be aware that the missions have been designed with older students and advanced coding skills in mind.

What a Team Needs to Compete:

Class Connect subscription

The team is made up of a supervising adult coach and one to five members

  1. Compatible device
  2. 5′ x 8′ mat of 30cm squares and basic prototyping materials
  3. Teams in 6-8 & 9-12 age brackets will need a Dash robot
  4. Internet access to download and upload materials

Teams will need one Dash robot: https://store.makewonder.com/products/dash

Check Device Compatibility here: https://www.makewonder.com/compatibility

We will be offering a mat image that you are welcome to use and print with your local printer, but teams are absolutely encouraged to make their own if they prefer. For more on how to make your own mat, check out this blog post.

Coaches will, of course, need internet access to download the apps and keep up with the competition as it progresses, and may want to print out some kid-facing materials that we will provide at each stage.

Class Connect Subscription:

To register for the 8th Wonder League Robotics Competition requires a subscription to Class Connect, providing additional resources like standards-aligned content assignable right inside a student’s Blockly app. Learn more about Class Connect here.

If you already have a Class Connect subscription, you have access to register a team, based on your student license amount. If you have more than one team of 5 students, you will need to purchase another Coach Success Pack or consider a larger subscription to accommodate more teams and students.

  1. A Coach Success Pack provides:
    Participation in the WLRC for up to 5 students
    Access to all Missions
    Full access to Class Connect, (including Math Activities and Dash’s Neighborhood), for 5 students and 1 teacher for 7 months
    A discount code for a Dash robot from our online store at https://store.makewonder.com

Please note: Teams will need a physical Dash robot to complete the Missions.
The Coaches’ Dashboard in Class Connect will help our coaches register and manage their team(s). The dashboard will be your one-stop shop for all Wonder League Robotics Competition management. You will be able to access the Coaches’ Corner–where all competition-related content and resources will be hosted–the Heartbeat community forum, and all the submission forms right there on the Dashboard.

Accessing Missions for the Innovator Cup and Pioneer Cup:

Once your purchase is completed for Class Connect, you will receive an email to activate your Class Connect license.

Once this license is activated, you will be able to register yourself as a coach and register your teams. This is done on your portal page under the Robotics Competition tab.

Once your team/teams are registered, you will get an additional email from CoAssemble, our partner hosting the missions this year. This email will state you have been registered for the “2022-2023 Coaches Corner Course”.

Click on the link to be redirected to the CoAssemble website, and you will see the course and can access the Coaches’ Corner Guide as well as the Missions (available November 3, 2022).

Still having trouble accessing all the resources in the Coaches’ Corner? If you have previously had a license to Class Connect and registered as a coach, and have not seen Coaches’ Corner added to your CoAssemble list of courses, please email us at support@makewonder.com, and we will provide assistance.

Last Year’s Missions:

Taking a peek at last year’s missions might help you get a sense of what the competition is like. Just sign in with your Class Connect subscription and register as a coach to take a peek at the previous years by going to the Coaches’ Corner and selecting the desired year.

2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition Milestone Dates:

Here are important milestone dates to keep in mind as coaches develop timelines for teams competing in the 2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition.


  1. October 21, 2022: Student Team Registration Opens
  2. November 3, 2022: Round One Opens + Five Mission Released
  3. January 13, 2023: Student Team Registration Closes
  4. January 27, 2023: Mission Evidence Submission Closes 
  5. January 28-March 5, 2023: Invitational Round Notification 
  6. February 6, 2023: Invitational Round Opens + Final Mission Released
  7. March 24, 2023: Invitational Round Submission Due 
  8. April 10, 2023: People’s Choice Voting Opens 
  9. April 21, 2023: People’s Choice Voting Closes 
  10. May 4, 2023: 2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition Winner Announcement

NEW Award Category: WLRC People’s Choice Award

Teams may opt in to participate in the WLRC People’s Choice Award category by creating a :30 second video explaining the Team’s Invitational Round Final Mission solution that will be shared with the community at www.makewonder.com/classroom/robotics-competition/ in an “online crowd vote” competition. The WLRC People’s Choice Award allows teams to share and celebrate their work in the WLRC and encourage community support in voting for their team. This is an optional category for teams to enter and will not impact scoring of the Invitational Round submission as they will be judged by STEM and Coding experts using a published rubric.

Children’s Privacy:

We take our participants’ privacy very seriously and comply with COPPA when collecting any information. In the invitational round we ask only for the students’ first names, and request parents’ permission. For those that make it into the Invitational Round, we ask for full names, again with permission. We are never marketing, selling to, or corresponding with children. All contact is through the proxy of the coach.