I, Robot, will take on the world

Thursday September 12, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Hellina Faasili had the overall best design and is headed to Dubai next month. 19091112 Hellina Faasili had the overall best design and is headed to Dubai next month. 19091112

A wealthy Arab emirate is to pay to fly some of the Cooks’ smartest teenage engineers to Dubai to seek out a robotic solution to ocean pollution.


The Cook Islands held a National Robotics design competition at Tereora College for students to compete for a chance to travel to Dubai for the international Robotics competition.

This year’s challenge, Ocean Pollution, takes centre stage in an effort to foster understanding and cooperation among youth as they use their abilities to design technology to solve this issue.

Member of the robotics committee Mii Nimerota said “The challenges we face as a global society need to be solved, and the next generation can meet the task — together.”

The competition was open to students between the ages of 14 and 18 and were given one week to prepare robotic designs.

The challenge in Dubai is to engineer three robot designs to be remotely controlled and work together to locate, collect, store and remove micro and macro pollutants from the game board representing the ocean and plastic pollution. 

There were 26 students who presented over 70 robot designs to a panel of 7 judges. 

Designs were to use existing or new technology in a new way to consider design materials and be imaginative, unique, relevant to the Cook Islands context.

This the first year with a Cook Islands Robotics Team and the five lucky students selected are Terall Timoti, Joshua Simpson, Hellina Faasili, Tiare Kauvai and Jasmin Naslund.

The government of Dubai has offered to pay for all team’s flights to the event.

This competition will be held annually, and next year we hope to extend to the youth in the outer islands.

FIRST Global are hosting the International Robotics competition at the Coca Cola Arena in Dubai from 24th – 27th October 2019.

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