AURA runs Introductory Workshops for new members that are meant to bring them up to scratch with the basic concepts of Robotics. These include Designing, Building and Programming.

Documentation for our Workshops can be found below:

2020 AURA Workshop

2019 AURA Workshop



AURA competes in Tertiary-Level competitions regularly. We have competed in the VEX U Robotics Competition and have won multiple world titles in it. 
AURA Members have also competed in other competitions like the Droid Racing Challenge, National Instruments Competition, Robot Soccer and various Combat Robotics competitions.

If you're running a Tertiary-Level robotics competition and would like to have AURA participate, feel free to get in touch with us through our Contact Page!



AURA runs a number of projects that our members can participate in at any given time. 

Set Projects can include working on Competitions but Project ideas can be raised by anyone and our Projects Officer can decide to make it a Club activity.



Volunteering is a huge part of what we do at AURA. We frequently help organise and run competitions for High School students in the VEX Robotics Competition. We also have provided workshops for young students within our community to teach them about robotics in a fun and easy to learn way!


Testimonials of our Volunteering Efforts:


“The session that AURA held in Room 27 last week was interesting, informative and memorable. The kids were engaged right from the start and the combination of different speakers, PowerPoint presentations, clips and hands-on experience kept the kids riveted. Thank you so much for coming in and giving my students such a wonderful learning experience. They are now very interested in our topic of Innovation and Exploration, and several have expressed keen interest in joining a robotics club in the future. I found the students who came to be very warm and easily approachable. They took the students questions and comments in stride and handled interesting answers with care and consideration for the student, and their enthusiasm was contagious. Overall the visit was highly successful and I would not hesitate to recommend it to another colleague. You left my kids buzzing!!”

– Rachel Cassidy, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School


“The robotics session was fantastic! Our 7-year-old boy was fascinated by the different types of robots and has repeatedly talked about how amazing the day was since. AURA did a great job of making robotics understandable to the kids without dumbing it down too much – I think the presentation overall was pitched just right for the audience. Playing with the robots afterwards was the icing on the cake, so much fun! AURA will have certainly inspired a few budding robotics experts with a single afternoon of fun!”

– Explorers Club, Auckland Branch of the NZ Association for Gifted Children


“AURA changed my life – they introduced me to robotics and it changed my way of seeing the world. AURA is like a bunch of older siblings that I’ve always dreamed of having.”

– Ellen Luo, Team 2950 from St. Cuthbert’s College


“Your documentation was definitely helpful. Please keep writing stuff like this!”

– Team 2114a, 2014 Innovate Award winners


“AURA have been very helpful, especially concerning certain avoiding common mistakes and problems we would have otherwise have had to learn.(such as tank treads). Their assistance translated into better programming for the robot, and faster improvements in the overall quality due to their ability to identify potential problems. AURA helped me with the basics of programming and I would highly recommend them.””Everyone should ask for AURA’s help it’s been really useful.”

“AURA have helped us by giving us the ideas based on hidden goals in the games that we might have overlooked. They have helped us with robot designs and game play strategy.”


– Students, Team 2909 from ACG Parnell College


“We really appreciate the help; AURA are subject matter experts. Our team struggles with technical matters because none of our parents are engineers, so AURA fill an important gap. It is great to be able to discuss issues face to face.””Matt’s explanation on kiwi challenge and Skyrise were incredibly helpful. He’s given our team the background on the game and challenged the boys to view the game from a number of perspectives. Matt, Rob, Abigail, Nick, Oliver and Vincent have all come to build sessions and they’ve been fantastic at drawing solutions out of the boys without giving them the answer.”


– Parents, Team 2909 from ACG Parnell College