In partnership with the Ministry of Inspiration, the Trust has been funding the delivery of AquaBots, a school-based programme where teams of ākonga build and operate underwater drones to test water DNA.

The kaupapa runs as a national programme where school-based teams compete on a regional basis for entry to national championships. The Trust is leveraging its relationships with kura through our literacy and numeracy programme to encourage the participation of Ōtautahi-based kura kaupapa in the competition. Following the Ōtautahi pilot, the Trust will consider scaling the partnership to include multiple regions in FY2022-23.

Below are ākonga from Te Pā o Rākaihautū with the AquaBots they built and tested as a team (photo credit to Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu).