10 Nov NZ Aquabots Competition 2017

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November two Nayland College teams participated in the annual AquaBots competition held in Nelson, alongside 40 other teams.

Students built their own robot leading up to the event, which included electronics, engineering and science concepts. Several students also helped four Broadgreen Intermediate teams build their robots, showing awesome leadership and knowledge, and a lot of patience.

During the competition they completed several challenges, including an under-water obstacle course, retrieving objects, playing Connect 4 using their robots, and opening and closing boxes. A presentation in front of a team of engineers and marine scientists is also part of the competition and their knowledge of marine life and kaimoana was tested as part of another challenge.

Our Year 10 team was challenged during the practice session when one of their motors stopped working and with a combined effort and late-night repairs they managed to solve the issue for the next day. Their hydraulic claw underwent a complete revision before the event and the position of the claw was changed, using their experience from last year. Our Year 9 team showed great potential and were praised by several judges for their awesome team-work. Both teams had an enjoyable and challenging day and learnt a lot from seeing the other robots, ready to tackle the challenge of improving their robots for next year! Special mention must be made to the Year 10 team, who competed strongly and placed third overall – well done!

Any students who may be interested in participating in AquaBots in 2018 are welcome!

Keep an eye out for notices during the year.

By Jacqueline do Jong – Teacher of Mathematics