The first Auckland Aquabot competition was held at Whenuapai Airbase 20 September 2018. Driven by local law firm Belvedere Law and National Aquabot organisers Ministry of Inspiration from Nelson, the competition day was hosted by the Royal New Zealand Air Force with support from WSP OPUS.
The day was very successful with teams from local and south Auckland schools competing and at least three heading to Nelson for the national finals. NZ national winners are eligible to compete in the US national finals in 2019.
Building on the this year’s success this will become an annual event for Auckland schools.
WSP Opus sponsored the Intermediate and High school winners with both individual and team educational game prizes. WSP Opus’ own Building Solutions Team Leader – Christopher Caine was a volunteer judge for the day’s action.
"As a Judge for the Aquabots Competition I was suitably impressed with the students' presentations, their understanding of the inner space (as opposed to outer space) and good ole kiwi can do attitude complete with fencing wire! In the main, the theory was backed by significant trial and error as they strove to make their Aquabot perform to the required tasks. It was obvious from the students that this competition was a fun challenge, packed with many of life’s lessons, such as time management, teamwork, perseverance and resourcefulness. This is a great STEM initiative for the young minds of New Zealand and one the WSP Opus aligns with supporting young Kiwis on the road to a career in engineering.”
The winners were: