First time entrant winners - The Devil Marines
Recently at the Nationals in Tauranga our first time entrants for the Year 5 and 6 category was taken out by our team The Devil Marines.
Our Year 7 and 8 team, The Hydrojets, came 2nd with their new and improved robot - which is being kept under wraps in anticipation of competing internationally again in 2023.
As part of contextualising learning outside of the classroom for our gifted and talented learners, we strive to take full advantage of regional and national curriculum challenge competitions such as the Aquabats events run throughout the year - this is proving to be a great success for all of our students.
Taking our Innovation National
As an Apple Distinguished School we are all about innovation through technology.
Earlier this term we travelled to Nelson to compete in the Aquabot Nationals - and came home as the National Champions and will be competing in the World Championships in the USA later this year.
We are so excited to represent New Zealand in this competition - showcasing our awesome innovation on the world stage.
How we won the Nationals...next stop USA!
NZAquaBots is an innovative underwater robotics program where youth teams build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle then compete in New Zealand themed challenges.
Students learn engineering concepts and build skills in problem solving, teamwork, scientific communication, and technical applications.
Our team took up the challenge, showcasing all of our school values, and we took out the top prize.
Our next challenge is getting to the USA later this year to compete in the World Championships.
We were introduced to underwater robotics by our sister school I’olani in Hawaii. We live on a small island nation surrounded by ocean and our city boasts 18 lakes as well as numerous streams. There are so many opportunities for cool research and practical applications of underwater robots in our region.