THE KIWIBOTS STORY

In 2008, a team of enthusiastic Kiwi educators, business representatives and students could see that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) was about to be the forefront of education. This group scoped out what was happening in the world, and travelled to see the VEX programme in action and saw the potential of sharing these with New Zealand - inspiring young kiwis one robot at a time.

The NZ Robotics Charitable Trust was founded in 2009 with the support of businesses that could see the future growth of the tech industry and the imminent global need for more innovators, problem solvers, and creative thinkers.

NZ teams competed in their first season of VEX Robotics in the 2009-2010 season. In true kiwi fashion, the students showed innovation and a 'No.8 wire' approach to problem solving that resulted in a World Championship title, knocking 6 time winners out of the top spot!

Since then, Kiwibots has grown, creating and supporting teams from intermediate through university to world calibre levels that put NZ on the map in the robotics and tech industry.

Kiwibots teams have won a World Championship title 9 times against 53 competing countries. They have also won awards such as the Inspire Award, Community Award, Online Challenge Competitions, and many more.

Our shared successes would not  be possible without the support of our generous sponsors over the years.

Thanks to them and the amazing students, parents and teachers, the future of robotics excellence and STEM advancement will be filled with passionate kiwis.

The Kiwibots Difference

We are unlike other software and coding based education as we encourage students to create physical results using robotics. The gamification of learning tasks creates a more engaging experience, while also fostering a collaborative and social environment.

Many of our programme alumni find themselves in careers with top technology firms across the world after gaining their initial interest and skills with Kiwibots and making friends for life. 

 

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Meet The Team

Janet Van

NATIONAL MANAGER

David Aston

AUCKLAND REGIONAL COORDINATOR & DISTRIBUTION

Craig Yearbury

AUCKLAND REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Hayden Wilson

WELLINGTON REGIONAL COORDINATOR & ADMIN

Toni De Rijk

BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Stephan Van Haren

MANAWATU REGIONAL COORDINATOR
VEX IQ NATIONALS LEAD

Katana Dunn

CANTERBURY REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Ben Ellery

MANAWATU REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Issy Riddell-Garner

WELLINGTON REGIONAL COORDINATOR & SOCIAL MEDIA

Martin Allen

AUCKLAND REGIONAL COORDINATOR

 

Board of Trustees

Mike Hearn

Executive Director AmCham

Prof Don Cleland

Professor Massey University

Sir Ken Stevens

Former Chairman Glidepath

Lee-Anne Taylor

Director of Deans
Rutherford College

Greg Smale

Director Smales Farm

Sharon Blincoe

Accounting Manager
Smales Farm

Debra Lumsden

VP Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

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