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Wonder Leaguers Conquer More Than Just the Pandemic

Feb 9, 2021

Young programmers show perseverance, grit, and determination despite challenges

This year, we celebrate perseverance and agility. Despite an ongoing pandemic, this year’s Wonder League teams came together from around the globe and broke through the barriers. 

The global pandemic resulted in many schools shutting down across the globe which made it harder for teams, especially those that formed up in schools, to continue with their missions smoothly. COVID-19 guidelines vary among countries and with some implementing stricter rules and restrictions, some teams were only able to go so far and many teams that have joined us over the years were only able to watch from afar with anticipation of joining us in the next competition.

In past years’ competition, teams had the freedom to wander around outdoors or interact with various local industries to find inspiration for their missions, but times are different now both physically and mentally as noted by this veteran coach, Yoko Lin, “We must carry bottles of sanitizer and wear masks while carefully avoiding crowds and maintaining social distancing. Such pressure affects a kid’s interest to explore. I’ll need to shoulder the role of a psychological counselor. When I spot inner worries and fears, I’ll have to give them timely guidance.” 

Despite the hurdles that come with the global pandemic, many of the teams still managed to complete all their missions. Lockdowns and quarantines did not stand in the way of our wonder leaguers’ thirst for success. We also admire the thousands of coaches that helped guide these wonder leaguers through the missions and devoted their time and energy to their teams. A round of applause to all of our wonderful coaches!

In the past months, we have watched teams from 61 different countries seek and protect the turtles of the creek, dodge quicksand, and slither through tunnels to restore the creek. Here’s a short reel we put together to celebrate what the teams have accomplished. 


In this year’s qualifying round, teams proved that they possess creativity, enthusiasm, and resourcefulness. Everyone here at Wonder Workshop is excited to see what these teams come up with for the ongoing invitational round. Good luck, and most importantly, have loads of fun learning and problem solving.

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. -Julie Andrews

Short blurb about authors: 

Hermyn: I’m Hermyn and I’m an intern from the little red dot, Singapore! I’m currently a graduating student in Ngee Ann Polytechnic pursuing a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management. My favorite thing to do is coding Dash to play tunes on the xylophone while I sing my heart out!

Sheryl: Hello, my name is Sheryl. I am currently a student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore, Pursuing a diploma in Tourism and Resort Management. I began my internship journey with Wonder Workshop in early September 2020, working with their marketing team. A little something about myself would be I enjoy trying new things and challenging myself every day. Coding and Robotic are relatively new to me and working in Wonder Workshop has given me opportunities to explore that area. I’m happy to be able to join you in this journey with Wonder Workshop and watch all the team preserved and overcome challenges to get here today. I’m thrilled to be able to- write this blog post to celebrate those hard works and start this new year with a great note!

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.