Universal Robotics Challenge 2021 Results
The 5th Universal Robotics Challenge was the first to have all three divisions held online and we’re incredibly happy to have closed this year’s competition with such a large number of participants.
Click the button for each division below to see this year’s winners.
We’d like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all of our contestants!
Committee Member
Committee Member
Etsu Fujiwara
President of
Artec Co., Ltd.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues from last year into this one, we’re incredibly happy to be able to hold the Universal Robotics Challenge online. Every entry in our Online Robotics division was wonderful, with kids showing true ingenuity in programming and getting their robots to carry blocks. Children who entered the Idea Contest showed a solid grasp of the goals and concepts of the competition, incorporating incredibly fresh ideas into their creations as they took on the challenge of stopping the spread as we continue to live our lives. Though this was our first year holding the Virtual Robotics division, contestants displayed incredible focus in this real time and time-limited challenge. No matter which division they entered, we were nothing but impressed by the abundance of creativity and adaptability each child showed. It’s an honor to think that their efforts here may help them to flourish in a society that will only continue to change. Finally, I would like to thank all of our domestic and international administrators as well as the companies and supporting industries who helped us make these online competitions a reality in a world filled with restrictions.
Winner
Score
222
Name
Pin-Chien Tseng
(Taiwan, Grade 5)
Yongan Elementary School(Taipei City)
受賞者
From the Winner
I am very happy that I won the championship. During the process, I learned to be extra patient, because the process requires repeatedly adjusting angle and speed of the robot. Winning this competition really gives me a sense of accomplishment, and I hope I can win this award again next year.
Score
222
Name
Kai-Feng Chen
(Taiwan, Grade 5)
Yongan Elementary School(Taipei City)
受賞者
From the Winner
I am very happy that I won the championship. After a month of trying, I finally finished and won the championship! I am really happy to win the championship this time, and hope to do better next time.
Score
213
Name
Kai Shen
(Taiwan, Grade 7)
Kang Chiao International School
受賞者
From the Winner
After 4 years of doing Artec and going to competitions, I finally won my first ever champion. Thanks to my teachers who helps me all the time, and thanks to my parents that have been supporting me in this summer. This award means a lot to me.
Score
136
Name
En Che Yang
(Taiwan, Grade 7)
Dominican International School Taipei
受賞者
From the Winner
I had many troubles during this competition, but one thing I learned is that you never give up. I had to arrange time to build my robot for the competition, even though there was so much homework from school to do - a serious problem. Lastly, I know I have a lot of competitions ahead of me and need to keep my progress steady.
From the Judges Kiyotada Morita,
UNIVERSAL ROBOTICS
CHALLENGE 2021
Executive Director
Judge
I can see from your robots that you went through a lot of trial and error to get the perfect build and that you fine tuned your programs quite a bit to get the highest score possible. I was impressed that you thought of using a tire to grab the blocks. It’s a great idea while still sticking to the rules.

★ We received four video entries from Taiwanese schools. Since they shared the same build, we picked the one with the highest score and awarded them as a team.
Winner
Score
96
Name
Ryota Saito
(Mie Prefecture, Grade 8)
Eishinkan Learning School
Winner
From the Winner
I’ve been taking robotics since fourth grade. This is my first time entering a competition, and I made my robot with help from my teacher. For this robot I really focused on making each action like lifting the blocks and slowing down take as little time and space as possible. I was really happy when my teacher told me I’d won, and I really felt like I’d achieved something. If I get the chance again I want to aim for the top spot with my friends from class.
From the Judges Kiyotada Morita,
UNIVERSAL ROBOTICS
CHALLENGE 2021
Executive Director
Judge
Things like using IR Photoreflectors to get your robot to rotate to exact points and linkages to lift the blocks without wasting any Servomotor movement was a really skillful way to show the kind of robotics mechanisms you can make using ArtecRobo.
Winner
Score
90
Name
Yuya Higuchi
(Mie Prefecture, Grade 8)
Mie University Faculty of Education Junior High School
Winner
From the Winner
Thank you for awarding me third place in this year’s Online Robotics division. I was able to take third place in the Tokai regionals in 2019, but being able to win nationally this time made me really happy. I really wanted to be first, but I’m going to use my experience here for future competitions. In the future I’d like to go to competitions like Robocon and enter a technical school where I can study how to make robots that help people.
From the Judges Kiyotada Morita,
UNIVERSAL ROBOTICS
CHALLENGE 2021
Executive Director
Judge
While your robot is set in the center and spins just like our second place winner’s, we found your use of a rack and pinion to lift the blocks really interesting. That and using sensor cables to stop the blocks was a big factor in you getting such a high score.
Winner
Score
82
Name
Team Shinbayashi
(Kanagawa Prefecture, Grade 8)
Fujisawa Computer Learning Center
Winner
From the Winner
This is our fourth competition and we’ve won lots of prizes already, so we’re a bit sad we couldn’t get first place. Since we’re in eighth grade we’re going to be busy next year so this is probably our last competition. This year’s competition was a little more different and difficult since it was online, but it made a good memory. We had a lot of fun.
Winner
Score
66
Name
Shotaro Kumeuchi
(Mie Prefecture, Grade 7)
Eishinkan Learning School
Winner
From the Winner
I was really happy to hear I got fifth place. My robot was having trouble grabbing the blocks at first, but when I got it to do that and then started speeding it up it was able to grab a lot of blocks. My teacher was really amazing. They said my robot would work better if it rotated, and it got a lot faster when I made it do that. I really want to keep having fun as I learn programming.
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Chairman
Committee Chairman
Taizo Hayama,
Nara University of Education
Junior High School
The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic means that kids in the world today are losing one learning opportunity after another. However, despite this adversity, we were able to hold this year’s Universal Robotics Challenge online in order to help nurture the kids who hold the future on their shoulders. I’d first like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all of you who rose to the cause of supporting this competition from behind the scenes without a moment’s hesitation. I also want to give a proverbial round of applause for these enthusiastic competitors who didn’t let the pandemic stop them from boldly taking on the challenges of this competition. The theme for this year’s contest is also one of the greatest challenges we face today: stopping the spread, and we received all number of robots with features right out of a dream. We were once again overwhelmed not just by the boundless imagination of the kids, but at the idea of how bright the future must be if we have have children with such awesome creativity in our corner. Though they say adversity can be a great teacher, I’d like to think that even developing robots in the midst of pandemic restrictions for this competition is a sure sign that there are more and more hopeful kids working to build a brighter future. I’m very much looking forward to seeing as many kids possible using robotics not as an end, but as a means to learn.
Winner
Title
CD 002 (COUNTERMEASURE DISEASE)
Name
Nur Izzah Dhamirah Binti Ikmal
Irfan Ihabi Bin Nurakmal
Nur Farzana Rasyiqah Binti Syukurilah
(Malaysia, Grade 4)
Seri Makmur National School
Winner
From the Winner
Hello everyone. We are SBS Team from SK Seri Makmur, Malaysia would like to thank and overwhelmed with gratitude for winning the Idea Challenge Division, International Universal Robotics Challenge 2021. Indeed, this victory was beyond our expectations. We did not expect to be able to qualify for the URC International and compete with other participants from various countries. As first-timers to participate in the International Robotics competition, this victory will be the best and most beautiful memory in our life. Thank you to everyone who was involved directly and indirectly in supporting the students to complete their project successfully despite the lockdown. Many thanks also to Tech Up Malaysia and Artec Japan for providing the opportunity for us to participate in this competition. After all, teamwork spirit, effort, focus, diligence, creativity, determination, strategy, confidence, and goals must be practice in everyone to achieve something that we dream of. Let's be enthusiastic and pursue our interest in robotic technology. Thank you.
From the Judges Taizo Hayama,
Nara University of Education
Junior High School
Your robot’s collection of unique concepts is what makes it so special. It’s amazing to see four different functions when the user wears the robot matched with an ability to drive itself and disinfect buildings when it’s away from people. A multifunction robot like this is straight out of a dream and deserves a high score.
Winner
Title
Mask Washing Machine
Name
Tomoki Ohata
(Kanagawa Prefecture, Grade 7)
Smile Computer School, Nagasawa Junior High School
Winner
From the Winner
Thank you for picking me as a winner in the Stop the Spread competition. The robot that I made has a feature which disinfects masks. I made it so that the user never needs to touch the robot more than they have to. I thought that this would help keep people from getting sick. I’m so glad that I got a good result in this year’s Idea Contest. I’d like to try again if I get the chance.
From the Judges Taizo Hayama,
Nara University of Education
Junior High School
This robot is a great implementation of washing and disinfecting used masks, an incredibly useful idea when it comes to stopping the spread. We gave high points for your attention to detail, functional design, development of excellent features based on solid engineering abilities, and obvious care for those in the medical field.
Winner
Title
Nabi (butterfly in Korean)
Name
Fatema Alkhen
Winnie Bach
(Australia, Grade 9)
Bankstown Girls High School
Winner
From the Winner
Fatema: I wanted a new experience with building a robot. This competition improved my STEAM, teamwork, and communication skills with my teammate, Winnie. Working together and having each other’s support achieved the robot we built. I hope one day a robot like Nabi could help in medicine, keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Winnie: I wanted to show how people's creations can become useful in our lives. This competition has helped me with my creative, communication and thinking skills. It improved the connection with my teammate Fatema; together we discussed ideas and made decisions that both of us were happy with. It made us both confident in the decisions we made for the design.
From the Judges Taizo Hayama,
Nara University of Education
Junior High School
The fact that this robot aims to solve the very real problem of people forgetting their masks during the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s great features make it worthy of a high score. We believe that seeing this robot out and about would greatly put people at ease and bring smiles to more faces. It’s a wonderful robot with a great concept.
Winner
Title
Multifunction Containment Gate
Name
Kaito from Kanagawa
(Kanagawa Prefecture, Grade 6)
Cands Seminar
Winner
From the Winner
I’m very happy to have taken fourth place in this year’s Idea Contest. I do think that maybe I could have aimed higher. I thought it was perfect, but now I think that there are points that I could have improved. I’d like to try joining all sorts of competitions in the future.
Winner
Title
Push to Mask
Name
Arata Hattori
(Tokyo, Grade 5)
Blue Bear School
Winner
From the Winner
I’m very happy that the robot I made won. It’s pretty big and has trouble moving blocks, but I’d like to improve it to make it more practical.
Winner
Title
People Sensing Face Guard
Winner
Title
Automatic Coin Washer TS
Winner
Title
Delivery Robo
Winner
Title
Clean the air with Usa-chan the Automatic Ventilator!
Winner
Title
Disinfect your hands at the door with Multibot!
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Junior Division
Winner
Score
260
(in 43:45)
Name
Pete Vongsikeo
(Australia, Grade 9)
St Johns Park High School
Winner
From the Winner
Honestly, I never expected to win in my lifetime the title: World Number 1! This journey began earlier in the year when my friends and I volunteered to help our Year 7 students with robotics and so began the weekly robotics club. Ms. Waesch, our robotics mentor, informed us about the Universal Robotics Challenge and encouraged us to compete. I gave it a shot! This experience not only allowed me to have fun with robots and friends but also led me to win an international competition, isn’t that insane! I was very anxious about this competition but who wouldn’t be? For me, this further cemented the lesson of ‘take risks, try your best, just give it a shot,’ because win or lose, you can gain so many life lessons out of it. I couldn’t have achieved this result without the support from my teachers Ms. Waesch (Head Teacher Professional Practice and robotics mentor) and Ms. Huzairan (Special Education Teacher and robotics mentor), Ms. Niarchos (St Johns Park High School Principal), Ms. Soliman (CEO EduTech Australia), my friends and family. I will always be grateful to them for believing in me and for the opportunities they have provided me. Thank you.
2nd
Score
240
(in 57:48)
Name
Daiki Yasuhara
(Osaka, Grade 5)
Smile Kids Fujiidera
Winner
From the Winner
I was a lot less nervous in the world competition than the nationals. The first and second stages were kind of similar to nationals so I was able to take care of them quickly. I thought of taking both paths in stage three but I gave up since it made my program too long. I was kind of anxious since I didn’t have much time after that, but I’m glad I got to the goal. My score was a little lower than in nationals so I couldn’t place first, but I’m happy that I got second.
3rd
Score
200
(in 52:43)
Name
Dylan Kusnadi
(Australia, Grade 9)
St Johns Park High School
Winner
From the Winner
It’s hard to limit such an accomplishment to 100 words! Before the result was announced, I lacked a large amount of self-confidence. I didn't think I could come this far. However, the unwavering support of my parents, friends and teachers, telling me that it’s fine to have a go even if I fail, was the gentle nudge I needed. This experience has boosted my confidence. Knowing that I represented Australia, in an area I’m passionate about, and having grabbed third place in the world, is one of the greatest feelings. The challenge of coding the robot to find the quickest route with maximum points wasn’t easy. But I seized the opportunity to test myself and achieved what was seemingly impossible. No amount of words are enough to thank Ms. Niarchos our Principal, Ms. Waesch our Head Teacher Professional Practice & robotics mentor, Ms. Huzairan our Special Education Teacher & robotics mentor and also Ms. Soliman, CEO of EduTech Australia for allowing me to have a chance at achieving third place in the world. Thank you!
4th
Score
240
(in 64:55)
★ Over one hour
Name
Shinji Uenoyama
(Osaka, Grade 6)
Innovator Academy Takatsuki
Winner
From the Winner
I’m so happy to hear that I got fourth place. The finals were a lot harder than the preliminaries. I had a lot of trouble with stage two. I couldn’t make the program the way I wanted and it took a lot longer than I expected. I changed my strategy mid way and made it to the goal. It took over an hour, but I’m really happy I could get to the goal.
2nd
Score
290
(in 81:58)
★ Over one hour
Name
Mi'mar Muhammad Sinan bin Hafizulfahmi
(Malaysia)
Sekolah Rendah Islam Al-Amin Gombak
Winner
From the Winner
Thank you so much Artec Japan and TechUp Malaysia for giving me the opportunity to participate in this event! It’s so much fun, challenging, and thrilling at the same time especially when you’re racing to complete all the challenges! A lot of things I could learn from this competition for example on how to plan the best strategy within a given time limit and how to customize the robot coding according to different maps and challenges. I will definitely try again next year if there is a chance! Arigatou gozaimasu everyone!
2nd
Score
270
(in 89:25)
★ Over one hour
Name
Darrshan Yuvendran
(Malaysia)
SK Setia Alam
Winner
From the Winner
By participating in this competition, I have learned and developed some new skills and knowledge. It was a really exciting and valuable experience for me as a first timer in URC competition. I would like to thank Artec Japan and TechUp for giving me this opportunity. Thank You!
2nd
Score
220
(in 149:47)
★ Over two hours
Name
Torres Ka Him Cheuk
(Hong Kong)
HKBUAS
Winner
From the Winner
I think that this is a really good platform to let us to try ArtecRobo, but I think it needs to be more stable and be more user friendly.
2nd
Score
100
(in 57:09)
Name
Emmanuel Makanga
(France)
N/A
From the Winner
I wanted to participate in Universal Robotics Challenge because I enjoy programming and coding so much. The competition went well. I found it hard but it is so cool to participate in an international competition. Makes you feel like you are one of the best. It made me want to keep learning robotics and coding. To any other kids unsure about doing robotics and coding, I would say it might seem complicated at first, but really you just need to persevere.
2nd
Score
100
(in 146:55)
★ Over two hours
Name
Ethan Cheuk Ki Ng
(Hong Kong)
HKBUAS
Winner
From the Winner
I like the Artec Robot Competition very much, for it can train my brain and make my coding concept better.



Senior Division
Winner
Score
260
(in 40:04)
Name
Muhammad Faiz Bin Muhammad Fikri
(Malaysia)
MRSM Pasir Tumboh
Winner
From the Winner
When I found out that I could represent Malaysia with other Malaysian friends, I was so happy and did not expect it at all. I am very excited to participate in the URC International 2021 as this is my first time participating in an international-level competition. By participating in this competition, I gained a lot of beautiful memories, the excitement in competing, and joy when completing missions on time. I was so happy and grateful to be the champion of the URC International 2021 for the Virtual Simulation Division. I feel proud to be able to raise Malaysia's name in this competition. Millions of thanks to both of my parents and ICT teacher at MRSM PASIR TUMBOH for giving me encouragement and support throughout this journey. I hope that competition like this can be continued in the future that can attract students in indulging their hidden talent for programming. Thank you to Artec Japan and TechUp Malaysia for organizing this kind of competition for National and International stages to encourage students to love robotics and programming.
2nd
Score
270
(in 116:11)
★ Over one hour
Name
Bartolomew Martinez Webster Anak Bujang
(Malaysia)
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bintulu
Winner
From the Winner
The competition was great and I had a lot of fun. There was some confusing part but once i understood, it got a lot easier. I wish to participate to this event again in the future especially the International level. This is my first time joining this and I learned a lot about things I never knew existed. I am very happy and proud that I was a part of the finalist in the international level. Thank you to Artec Japan for organizing the event and giving me the opportunity to represent my country, Malaysia. I would like to express my appreciation to my family and teacher who provided continuous support and education along the journey. Thank you.
3rd
Score
330
(in 142:52)
★ Over two hours
Name
Coco Luk Yau Yeung
(Hong Kong)
The HKCCCU Logos Academy
Winner
From the Winner
Universal Robotic Challenge is extremely challenging in competing with participants from around the world. Due to the time restrictions of completing 3 levels within 1 hour, it required not only skills but also tactics to try every number and find the most suitable one under great pressure. However, the process was full of fun and gave me an opportunity to learn from other participants.
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