This enterprising young inventor has a big idea for the world

An Abu Dhabi student is aiming to help turn the tide in the fight to save the world’s oceans.

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Inspired by the United Nation’s #CleanSeas programme, GEMS United Indian School grade 5 student Sainath Manikandan has designed the M-Bot, a robot that aims to remove waste from water and protect marine habitats.

Presenting his work at Innovator 2018, held as part of UAE Innovation Month, the invention, which floats by using recycled water bottles, could help to improve water quality around the shores of Abu Dhabi and beyond.

“Nowadays we find that many marine species are dying due to ocean pollution and this inspired me to create my M-Bot which will collect waste from the surface of water bodies like rivers, seas and oceans,” Sainath told us.

“I am an aspiring environmentalist working towards making this earth a more sustainable place to live in for human beings and all living creatures in the present and future.

“I want to adhere to HH Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan’s quote, where he said ‘On land and in the sea, our forefathers lived and survived in this environment. They were able to do so because they recognised the need to conserve it, to take from it only what they needed to live, and to preserve it for succeeding generations’.”

The Innovator 2018 initiative, held by Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek), sees students share their ideas, designs and vision for the future of the UAE. After concluding activities on the Corniche and in Al Ain, the initiative will travel across the rest of the country throughout February.

For more information, visit: adek.abudhabi.ae

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