Calling all Brownies – design a robot in our Google competition

See your robot design come to life!

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Google on this amazing competition for Brownies

The winning robot will be brought to life with animation by an actual Googler!

The winning unit will also win an online workshop from Googlers where you'll learn how to animate your own designs and can ask any questions you have about technology and working at Google.

Complete the Digital Adventure activities to enter - you can do these with your unit or by yourself

  • Think of a task that you want your robot to do or a problem it could solve. For example, it could make your bed or deliver food to someone who needs it. The only limitation is your imagination!
  • Learn about what an algorithm is or what steps are needed to complete the task. For example, for making your bed the steps would be: pick up the pillow, plump the pillow, place it on the bed, shake out the duvet etc. For more ideas have a go at Google’s digital adventure.
  • Once you’ve worked out the algorithm or steps, design your robot and imagine what it could look like.
  • You can use anything you want; you can build it out of recycling materials or draw it. Think about what it needs – so for picking up a pillow it’ll need arms or something to pick up the pillow with.
  • Once you’ve designed it, take a photo and ask a parent/carer to email it to [email protected]. Include in the email
    • What task you wanted the robot to do or problem you wanted it to solve (written, or a photo of page 4 of your Digital adventure badge pack)
    • The list of steps your robot needed to complete the task, based on ideas in Google's digital adventure. (written, or a photo of page 4 of your Digital adventure badge pack)
    • Photos of your finished robot
    • How your design will make it easy for the robot to do its task
    • And make sure you include clear permission from your parent or carer

The deadline for entering is 18 December 2020. And we’ll be announcing the winner in January 2021. So get inventing now!


This Digital Adventure Robot Competition (the “Contest”) is run by Google Ireland Limited whose principal place of business is at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Google”).

To enter this Contest, you must read and agree to these terms and conditions (“Terms”). By entering the Contest, you agree that these Terms will apply to you.

1. Eligibility:

1.1. To participate in the Contest and be eligible for entry, the following conditions must be satisfied throughout the duration of the Contest. You must:

  • a. be a resident of the United Kingdom
  • b. be entering on behalf of a Brownie or a Brownie unit

1.2. If you are submitting on behalf of an individual or unit, you must bring these terms and conditions to the attention of the individual or unit before their entry is submitted.

1.3. The competition is not open to the employees (or immediate families of) Girlguiding UK and Google or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping set up the competition.

2. How to participate:

2.1. Entries must be submitted by email to [email protected]

2.2. There is no entry fee to enter this Contest.

2.3. Designs are submitted in good faith, under the understanding that they belong to the person that submitted them. If you are submitting on behalf of someone else, or using their material, you need to make sure that you have their full permission to do so and that they agree fully to all the terms and conditions.

3. Key dates:

The opening date of the contest is 11 November 2020. The closing date is 23:59 GMT on 18 December 2020 and after this date no further entries will be accepted. ("Contest Period").

4. Determining the winning unit

4.1. Girlguiding and Google reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

4.2. The winning group will be selected by our panel of Girlguiding and Google judges. The winner will be determined by the judges based on:

  • a. End-to-end ability to accomplish its task
  • b. Design of robot to solve the task
  • c. Relevance of robot’s design towards accomplishing task
  • d. Benefit the robot would provide over doing the task manually
  • e. The craftsmanship of the robot

5. Prizes

5.1. The winning unit will receive:

  • Their winning robot animated by a real life Googler
  • Video meeting with Googlers to learn technology (the “Prize”)

5.2. Decisions by Girlguiding and Google in respect to all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

5.3. The first place prize will include your submitted design being used by Google alongside your first name and age.

6. Notification of winners and winners’ obligations

6.1. If you are a winner, Girlguiding will notify you that you have won a Prize by sending an email to the address you provided on entry to the Contest by 14 January 2021. If you don’t respond within two weeks, we’ll select an alternative winner.

6.2. Google reserves the right in its reasonable discretion to substitute equivalent Prizes of equal or greater value. No cash equivalent of Prizes can be claimed.

6.3. You may be required to submit a declaration of eligibility in order to receive a Prize.

6.4. No responsibility will be accepted for entries that aren’t received for whatever reason.

6.5. Google will not be liable for unsuccessful efforts to notify you if you are a winner.

6.6. The Prize may be subject to restrictions and/or licenses and may require additional hardware, software, service, or maintenance to use. If you are a winner, you will bear all responsibility for use of the Prize in compliance with any conditions imposed by the Prize manufacturer, and any additional costs associated with its use, service, or maintenance.

6.7. If you win a Prize, you will be solely responsible for ensuring that you comply with any applicable tax laws and filing requirements.

6.8. Prizes are non-transferrable. You may not sell on or give away a Prize to other persons.

7. Privacy

7.1. By entering this competition, all entrants agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions and consent to the use of their personal data by Google for the purposes of running the competition as detailed in those terms. Details on how we process the personal data of entrants can be found in our Privacy Notice.

7.2. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

8. Intellectual property rights

8.1. As between Google and you, you retain ownership of all intellectual property rights (including moral rights) in and to any content submitted by you as part of your entry into the Contest. By submitting an entry into the contest, you grant Google, its subsidiaries, agents and partner companies, an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence for the duration of any intellectual property rights in the entry to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display your entry into the Contest (1) for the purposes of allowing Google and Girlguiding and the judges to evaluate the your entry for purposes of the Contest and identifying winners to the public, and (2) any publicity material by Girlguiding and Google for use in marketing.

8.2. You promise that you are entitled to any intellectual property rights in your entry and that you have not copied your entry, in whole or in part, from any other existing work.

9. Right To cancel, modify or disqualify

9.1. Google may, acting reasonably: (a) disqualify any participant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Contest or whose conduct is contrary to the spirit of the rules or the intention of the Contest and declare void any or all of their entries based on such conduct; or (b) declare void any entries resulting from any errors materially affecting the result of the contest or the number of entrants.

10. Limitation of liability and disclaimer of warranties

10.1. Nothing in these Terms will exclude or limit the liability of Google or its affiliates for:

  • a. death or personal injury as a result of the negligenc e of Google or its affiliates, servants, agents or employees;
  • b. fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
  • c. any other liability that may not be excluded or limited under applicable law.

10.2. Subject to clause 9.1, Google shall not be liable under or in connection with this Contest (whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise) for any:

  • a. indirect or consequential losses; suffered or incurred by you (whether or not any such losses were or were not foreseeable or within the contemplation of the parties).

10.3. Subject to clause 9.1(b), and to the extent permitted by law, all warranties, conditions or terms, express or implied, relating to the Prize, its use, value or enjoyment, including (without limitation) its satisfactory quality or fitness for purpose, are excluded, with the exception of any standard manufacturer's warranty that may apply to the Prizes.

10.4. Subject to clauses 9.1 and 9.2 Google's total liability to you under or in connection with this Contest (whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise) is limited in aggregate to £25,000.

11. Severability

If any provision(s) of these Terms are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.

12. Governing law and jurisdiction

These Terms shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with English law and you and Google submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts in relation to any dispute (contractual or non-contractual) concerning these Terms.