NZ Aquabots 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  skills in problem solving, teamwork, scientific communication, and technical applications. Building an aquabot teaches basic skills in design and encourages students to explore architecture 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 the theme was Geothermal.

Garin had a team representing the college called the The Garin Goldies. In their team there was Malika Rai, Armaan Rai, Jessie Edmondson and Eva Doak. The Garin Goldies came second in the regional competition in Nelson and will be participating in the national competition at the start of next year. All the members of the team agreed they all had a great time and they would participate again in the future. On behalf of The Garin Goldies we would like to thank all teachers/staff members that helped out at the event, it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

By Malika Rai