How much water runs through your household’s pipes each day? How many gallons are sprayed on your lawn?
If it were up to a group of Clovis elementary schoolers, every city dweller in Fresno could get those answers on their smart phone or computer — an app with real time updates to help consumers understand their water use.
It’s a dream five Riverview Elementary boys — Noah Arsitio, Corben Beaty, Jeffrey Forbes, Evan Murai and Daniel Shin — hope will someday become a reality. For now, the youngsters are using the idea as a research project that is part of their FIRST Lego League robotics competition requirements.
It’s become a serious endeavor for the robotics team, and their eco-friendly project has gained so much acclaim at robotics tournaments that the group has landed a spot at a world robotics tournament in St. Louis in April.
The research is only one component of the team events. The boys also must program a robot to perform simple tasks and complete timed events that are scored in part on how well the team works together.
But the project has become their passion, said coach Kevin Murai. Prototyping an app would be expensive, so the boys are using the project as a way to learn about computer coding, local databases and how city water meters work, Murai said.
“The whole point of robotics is learning the process, researching and to see a concept they have can actually be done,” he said.
The team hopes to raise $11,000 to defray travel costs to St. Louis. To donate, contact Murai at firstname.lastname@example.org.