Catch the robots bug

Catch the robots bug

The schools competition from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Register your interest to receive your competition pack and posters by emailing

Enter by 26 May 2017

These details will not be passed on beyond Big Ideas Company and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851.

The robots are coming and we need to get ready! Can you inspire your classmates to catch the Robots Bug?

We want to see your inspiring and exciting presentation to your classmates about robots…

  • Why are robots exciting?
  • Why are robots important?
  • Why are you important to robots?

Present an assembly…
Talks in class…
Make a powerpoint…
Hold a debate…
Drawings or designs…
Competitions or races…
Games or challenges…
Poetry or plays…

…or something else entirely!


Catch the Robots Bug from world class roboticists Ashitey, Ayanna and Paul – get your inspiration from them in the competition pack. Here’s a sneak peak into the pack for inspiration…

You will be able to hear Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, Ayanna Howard and Paul Newman on the BBC World Service this summer recorded before a live audience at the Science Museum, a partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

 What to do

How to Enter

Send us evidence* of your activity to For example one, or several of:

  • A one-minute video on your activity
  • Photos (max 10)
  • A 200 word description of what you did.

* If your files come to more than 3MB please use the free file sharing website

Catch the Robots Bug is open to upper primary and lower secondary (Key Stage 2 and 3) pupils in UK schools. There is no limit on the number of entries but all emails must come from a teacher’s email. One entry per individual/ group – a class can be split into several groups.

Deadline for entries: Midnight on Friday 26 May 2017.

Terms & Conditions

Eligible year groups: upper primary/lower secondary (KS2/KS3).

Competition is open to UK schools only (although everyone is welcome to use these resources!)
Entries must be submitted via a teacher’s email address.

There is no limit to the number of entries per school or per class.

Winners will be announced by 16 June 2017.

Prizes (Skype visits and Science Museum team) are to be arranged by 30 September 2017.

The judges’ decision is final.


The first 100 registrations will receive three copies of the Catch the Robots Bug A2 poster created by acclaimed graphic artist Nick Hayes and featuring inspiring roboticists from around the world.

The first 50 competition entries will receive a copy of the Science Museum’s Super Intelligent, High-Tech Robot Book by Jon Milton.

Three runner-up schools win a live video call with world famous roboticists Ashitey, Ayanna or Paul who will be appearing at the Royal Commission’s Robots Discussion in partnership with the BBC World Service which takes place at the Science Museum and will be broadcast in June 2017.

Overall winner wins a visit to the school from the Science Museum.

Enjoy a visit from the Science Museum’s Outreach team. They will bring the excitement and inspiration of a visit at the Science Museum to your classroom and ignite a curiosity in science in your students. With a variety of shows and workshops for many age groups, you will always find an activity that meets your needs. For more information, please see: Visits are subject to availability and schools are requested to be flexible with their availability.

Judging criteria

The Big Ideas team will shortlist 10 teams on the following criteria and our judges will choose the winners.

Tell us why robots are important – 25 points

What’s important and exciting about robots? What is their potential and how do humans fit in?

Demonstrate learning – 25 points

For even more points we’d love to see examples of you learning from each other.

Imaginative presentation – 25 points

Original ideas, enthusiasm and energy… Surprise us!

Evidence of inspiration – 25 points

This competition is all about conveying how exciting robots are – have you inspired others? Please inspire us too!

The Catch the Robots Bug competition is brought to you by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Its mission is to “increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry”. Find out all about them here

They are working with the Big Ideas team who develop and deliver projects for public participation:

Register your interest today for your competition pack.





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March 29, 2017