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Wonder League Announces This Year’s Winners

May 4, 2023

Here at Wonder Workshop, we are dedicated to our mission to inspire every student to become an innovator capable of solving the problems of the future. Our annual Wonder League Robotics Competition plays an important role in advancing our mission.

Today we were proud to announce this year’s winners!

This year’s competition brought coding to life with a series of story-based missions featuring the impactful and exciting role robotics plays in space exploration. The competition received entries from around the world in two categories: The Innovator Cup (six- to eight-year-old) and The Pioneer Cup (nine- to twelve-year-old). All the Missions encouraged collaboration, sparked creativity, and engaged teams of one-to-five members in real-world problem solving. Teams completing five missions from November 2022 – January 2023 were invited to join up to 1,000 teams globally to compete in the final Invitational Round for $5,000 in Wonder Workshop products for their school as well as other prizes.

“Wonder Workshop is committed to preparing the next generation of young innovators and pioneers by providing resources to foster their creativity so they can find solutions to societal challenges. The Wonder League Robotics Competition offers hands-on practice of coding and empowers children to truly see their ability to tackle problems,” said Bryan Miller, Senior Director, Global Strategic Outreach, Wonder Workshop. “We’re excited by the fresh ideas, spirit, and innovation that came out of this year’s Wonder League Robotics Competition.”

Launched in 2015, the Wonder League Robotics Competition has now reached more than 87,500 kids globally. This growing network of coding and robotics teams uses our all-inclusive program to inspire an early love of coding, computer science, tangible learning, and STEAM education. Through a series of story-based missions, the teams develop problem-solving, growth mindset, and creativity skills while learning to code. This year, the competition introduced a “People’s Choice Awards” element as an option for teams to proudly share their mission solutions for support from their communities.

The winning teams across the two categories of the 2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition include:

Innovator Cup Grand Prize

Team Name: “Roger That”

Team Members: Henry and Charlie

Location: USA  

Coach: Lana Shea


Innovator Cup Runner-Up

Team Name: “Space Ninja”

Team Members: Aanya

Location: USA  

Coach: Tara Sainath


Innovator Cup Runner-Up

Team Name: “Wild Cats”

Team Members: Loïe, AvaJean, Hannah, Desmond and Piper 

Location: USA  

Coach: Jenny Sowry


Innovator Cup Runner-Up

Team Name: “Dragon Kids”

Team Members: Angela, AnaEmilia, Antonio and Daniel

Location: Mexico  

Coach: Aracely Rodriguez Flores

 Pioneer Cup Grand Prize

Team Name: “Space Explorers”

Team Members: Lara, Maria

Location: USA

Coach: Anna Dumitrascu


Pioneer Cup Runner-Up

Team Name: “The Hunters”

Team Members: Anton, Oskar, Paul

Location: Germany

Coach: Tina Hoffmann-Deist


Pioneer Cup Runner-Up

Team Name: “Besties Who Code”

Team Members: Allie, Hannah

Location: USA

Coach: Andrea Smith


Pioneer Cup Runner-Up

Team Name: “Robotic Panthers”

Team Members: Nicolas, Velika

Location: USA

Coach: Miroslav Velev


Pioneer Cup Runner-Up

Team Name: “Carver Team TBC”

Team Members: Ben, Charlie

Location: USA

Coach: Donna Schmitt


People’s Choice Award Winner

Team Name: “Full Orbit”

Team Members: Braeden

Location: USA  

Coach: Lana Shea


“Imagination Award” (Invitational Round submission with the highest score in “Creativity and Original Thinking”)

Team Name: “The Hunters “

Team Member names: Anton, Oskar, Paul

Location: Germany

Coach: Tina Hoffmann-Deist


“Super Coach Award” (celebrates our most dedicated Coaches who are leading the most teams)

Coach: Jenny Sowry

Number of Teams Coached: 14

Location: USa

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:

Check Device Compatibility here:

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

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, 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 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.