Sonoma County Office of Education

2022 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge

2020 Robotics Challenge logo

The 2022 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge is set for Saturday, April 30, 2022. K-8 students with interests in mechanical design, robots, coding and STEAM are encouraged to be involved. Participants use Lego Mindstorm building materials to create autonomous robots which can meet the demands of event challenges. 2022 will also see new events that involve microcontrollers such as the Circuit Playground Express and Micro:bits. Planners will release the 2022 official challenges via this page on December 10, 2021. Individuals, school teams and community groups are invited to participate in this annual event now in it’s 19th year!

More about the Sonoma Robotics Challenge:

Read the Press Democrat Article: Sonoma County Robotics Challenge Showcases Next Generation of Whizzes.

Catch some of the energy, learning and excitement by viewing this video from the 2019 challenge:

Upcoming Robotics Challenge Activities

Orientation Meeting - November 2021

Training for Teachers & Coaches

December 6, 2021

This activity is for teachers and volunteers who wish to coach students in grades K-8 being a part of the 2022 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge. It is aimed at beginners and those who want a ‘refresher’ on supporting teams with Lego Mindstorm materials. The training has four areas:

  • Philosophy of hands-on learning with Lego Mindstorms/STEAM education
  • How to manage and build with Lego Mindstorm sets
  • Programming Lego Mindstorm controllers
  • Hands-on experimentation with a robot driving base using motors & sensors

Prior Year Events

2021 Virtual Sonoma County Robotics Challenge

2020 Virtual Sonoma County Robotics Challenge

2019 Robotics Challenge | Results and Description

2018 Robotics Challenge | Results and Description

2017 Robotics Challenge | Results

2016 Robotics Challenge | Results

Challenge Event Robots

Lego Mindstorm Robots are used by event competitors. This product was selected because it has a programmable brick, open design & construction options, a variety of sensors, learning materials and programming applications that are accessible to beginning through advanced users. An overview of these robots is offered here:

  • Lego Mindstorm EV 3 This is the most popularly used robot set among challenge event competitors. Introduced in Fall 2013, this kit has over 400 Lego elements, including a programmable brick, learning materials, and apps that can run on computers, tablets and Chromebooks.
  • Lego Mindstorm NXT Introduced in 2006, this set was discontinued in 2015. A commercial version can still be purchased at some retail stores. The NXT series is still being used among competitors for beginning and advanced events.
  • Lego Mindstorm RCX This set was introduced in 1998 and discontinued in 2009. It is no longer available for purchase. The software for the RCX programmable brick will not run on newer computers and most schools use this set only for beginning level events.

Getting Started with Lego Mindstorm EV3s

  • Kit Management
  • Lesson Resources
  • Linking with Macs, PCs, iPads & Chromebooks

See Tips for Getting Started with Lego Mindstorm EV3s.


Event Director/Spokesperson:
Rick Phelan |