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 hone skills in problem solving, teamwork, scientific communication, and technical applications. Building an aquabot teaches basic skills in design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science, electrical concepts, tool safety and technical procedures. Each year the theme of the programme is changed to reflect what is going on in Aotearoa and/or the world, this year we chose to work with Te Tai Tokerau Debris Monitoring Project and create the theme ’Ocean Pollution’ but previous years have been: Pasifika Navigation (2019) and Historical Maori Fishing Practices (2018).
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 Saturday, September 25th 2021
Richmond: email@example.com Competition date Sunday, September 26th 2021
Wairapa: PaulG@library.mstn.govt.nz Competition date Tuesday, November 24th 2020
Auckland: Competition Thursday, October 21st 2021
TBA July Dunedin
Nationals – Masterton: PaulG@library.mstn.govt.nz Competition date TBA
NZ Aquabots is based on Seaperch
See the 2020 Mission animation
Watch video of Task 2 – Disposal Vault
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