Do you have the imagination to draw a winning robot design?

This is your chance you show off your creativity and design an imaginary robot you’d like to see in the future.

We’re looking for original, practical, and ingenious robot designs.

Your robot could do any task or job you can think of – the only limit is your imagination!

Enter now for a chance to win some incredible prizes!

Draw a robot is open to children aged between 5 and 7 years old*.

* Read our Terms and Conditions for full details about competition eligibility.

When you are drawing your robot, think about what functions or jobs it will perform, who might use it, how it will behave, and what special parts it will need. Make sure you label your drawing with these important features.

You’ll need to wow the judges with your creative idea.

Top Tip

Think carefully about what features your robot needs to be great at their job!


  • Thames & Kosmos Coding and Robotics kit
    – contributed by sponsoring partner the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).
  • A tour of the AMRC’s Factory 2050 in Sheffield*, the UK’s first state-of-the-art factory dedicated to reconfigurable digitally assisted assembly.
  • Bespoke animation of the winning drawing by top animator Jody Clarke
  • Copy of the book “Maybe…”, signed by competition judge Chris Haughton
  • + more!


Chris Haughton

Chris Haughton is an Irish author/illustrator based in London. He was listed in Time magazine’s ‘DESIGN 100’ for the work he has been doing for fair trade clothing company People Tree. He has written and illustrated six books A BIT LOST, OH NO GEORGE!, SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN, GOODNIGHT EVERYONE, DON’T WORRY LITTLE CRAB and MAYBE. His iOS app, HATMONKEY came out in 2014 and virtual reality experience LITTLE EARTH launched in August 2017. Chris has also created a social business, to connect design and fair trade and make rugs and toys.

Dr Daniela Sawyer

Dr Daniela Sawyer is the Technical Lead in Robotic Machining at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), leading a variety of projects related to machining with robots, improving robotic accuracy and developing robotic additive manufacturing cells. Daniela started her journey in the field of engineering in 2008 when she began her BEng degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Since then, she has completed a doctoral degree in structural dynamics and a postgraduate diploma in management for engineers. Daniela has been working at the AMRC since 2017 and has been part of a variety of projects related to conventional and non-conventional manufacturing techniques.

Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker is an Assistant Project Manager at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)’s Factory 2050 where engineers carry out research projects in various sectors such as aerospace, automation, digital, rail and construction. Sarah has worked at the AMRC for over eight years in various administration and event management roles. This requires a high level of organisation supporting the management of projects in terms of planning, finances and project plans. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her cockapoo Dexter, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two teenage sons. She also has a keen interest in Art and Design.

Dr Sen Wang

Dr Sen Wang is an Associate Professor in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at Heriot-Watt University, a lead in the ORCA Hub and lead of Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the National Robotarium. Previously, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, working on mobile robotics. His research focuses on robot perception and autonomy using autonomous navigation, robotic vision, SLAM and robot learning, and has been published in a number of major venues in robotics, computer vision and machine learning. He also serves as an Associate Editor for three academic journals: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

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