AquaBots are a remotely operated, tethered, underwater vehicle, designed and built by a group of students from a supplied kit. The varying levels of sophistication of the AquaBots ensures a broad appeal to students. The students must build the structure of the AquaBot as well as solder the components, including the controller. The programme culminates in a national challenge at the Richmond Aquatic Centre in November each year.
The kit is re-usable, as advanced students need to modify the structure of the AquaBot from year to year in order to compete. Winning teams are invited to compete in the International Sea Perch competition in the USA.
This representative picture shows the typical contents of an NZ Aquabots kit. Many of the parts are sourced locally and so may differ slightly from those shown here.
Please note that the battery (red cross) is not included.
Regional Contacts and Competition dates
“*** Please note that due to Covid-19, the following dates may be subject to change ****
Rotorua: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org and 07 351 8042 Competition date Friday November 6th 2020
Nelson: email@example.com Competition date Sunday November 8th 2020
Wairapa: PaulG@library.mstn.govt.nz Competition date Tuesday November 24th
Auckland: Competition date TBA
Nationals – Masterton: PaulG@library.mstn.govt.nz Competition date Sunday November 29th
NZ Aquabots is based on Seaperch
See the 2020 Mission animation
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