A team of students representing JA Malta emerged victorious at the Girls Go Circular Robotics Competition at the Women and Girls in STEM Forum in Brussels this week.
Through their invention, the girls showcased their dedication to finding sustainable solutions, demonstrating how technology can be harnessed for positive environmental impact.
Named Rocky Co.2, the team comprised three students: Antonia Ciappara from St Nicholas College, Dingli Secondary School, Dingli; Sofiya Chuzhda from G.F Abela Junior College, Msida; and Elizabeth Kovrigina from IES El Getares, Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain.
The winning innovation
After learning that removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere was a very effective way of decreasing the greenhouse effect and climate change, the team created a robot prototype which increases the rate of a reaction that naturally removes carbon dioxide from the air using a process called ‘enhanced weathering’.
Girls Go Circular, an international competition coordinated by EIT RawMaterials, focuses on promoting women and girls in the field of STEM.
Speaking about their experience, the girls said: “Although challenging at times, the Girls Go Circular programme was a unique educational experience. Throughout the journey, not only have we learnt teamwork skills such as effective two-way communication and strategic allocation of tasks, but also other important skills such as video production and editing, 3D model design, and not to mention the extensive information about the circular economy and sustainability.
“Moreover, the programme has certainly sparked our interest to further our studies into current environmental issues, and thus we will keep striving and advocating for a cleaner planet.”