14 Apr 2022

Thursday 14 April 2022

King’s Aquabot team took the NZAquaBots competition by storm this year, taking first place to win as Auckland Regional Champs.

170422 Aquabots

NZAquaBots is an underwater robotics competition where teams build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle, then compete in New Zealand-themed challenges. This year’s theme was geothermal and required teams to compete at five different challenges, including sampling a “geothermal vent” and completing an obstacle course. 

Congratulations go to Aidan Siu (Year 12, Major), Dillon Lane (Year 12, Greenbank), Derek Peng (Year 12, Greenbank), Gerry Wang (Year 13, Averill) and Ethan Huang (Year 12, Greenbank) who scored the most points in their category to be crowned Auckland regional champions. 

This included a thrilling game of underwater noughts and crosses, where they just beat the other team to get a row, before knocking off one of the other team’s balls to secure 90 points. Before COVID-19, this would have secured them a spot to compete in the international final in America. Special mention also goes to the other King's College team, who came 3rd on the day: Ivan Ho (Year 11, Major), Thomas Hageman (Year 11, Major), Ella Cham (Year 11, Marion Bruce) and Winston Weng (Year 11, Parnell). The students would like to thank Mr Bennet for his support on the day and Mr Sapsworth for his guidance during the construction phase.

Omar Gardner
Teacher of Physics