The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Marine Robot Cleaner

Your title/position Drop It Youth and Tunza Eco Generation Ambassador
Type of Enterprise other
Year the ngo or company was founded 2017
Website Goumbook
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Explain your project in details:

Purpose: The purpose of my project is to preserve our marine environment. I am working towards Sustainable Development Goal SDG 14,Life Under Water, which aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earths surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Oceans are facing threats as a result of human activity. Every year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the worlds oceans. Working: M Bot,Marine Robot Cleaner is a prototype robot that can remove floating wastes from water surfaces. It is basically shaped like a boat and can be operated remotely with a radio control. It runs with 2 motors that helps the boat to move in the water. Popsicle sticks are attached to a wheel and then to the third motor to push the waste from the water bodies into the storage basket. This prototype can also be fitted with a rotatable wireless camera which can help the controller of the boat to navigate the machine from a long distance away. Solar panels can also be used instead of batteries. Although this project could plausibly restore the purity of water, it nevertheless could be the initial step taken forward towards creating a better ecosystem. Results: It was visually apparent that the Popsicle stick pushes the wastes from the water bodies into the collecting basket.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Achievements: Many government entities such as Environment Agency, Emirates Environment Group, Dubai Makers Faire, Future Entrepreneurs Abu Dhabi Chamber, Global Innovation Showcase, Department of Education and Knowledge accoladed and appreciated his prototype robot.

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Sustainability and future plans

Talks are in progress to develop the prototype robot in a bigger scale with Environment Agency. Financial support will be assisted by Madar, is a global leader in renewable energy and sustainable urban development. Plans for future growth: The prototype robot is capable of collecting only a few kilograms of wastes. The prototype robot will be built in bigger scale to collect floating wastes more in quantity.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am Sainath Manikandan, 11 years old, studying in grade 7 in GEMS United Indian School,Abu Dhabi. I assume various roles as an innovator, active environmentalist, outstanding student, passionate social campaigner, Abacus graduate, Brown belt in Karate, Junior Emergency Response Lead Member, Keyboard player and a budding artist. I spread awareness about the need to protect, conserve and preserve the earths resources and reduce, reuse and recycle wastes and Say No to plastics. I am a Drop It Youth Ambassador and an active member of Emirates Environmental Group,EEG. I have persuaded many students to rethink plastics as they are not our body's best friend as it affects both marine species and our health. Awards: Won the prestigious Diana Award 2018 who believe that young people have the power to change the world. First place in Beeah Environment Excellence School Award Outstanding Individual Student category 2019. Best Technology Project in Future Entrepreneurs organized by Abu Dhabi Chamber.

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May 19, 2019 10:59

Waste in water bodies has become a great problem as it has various adverse effects. Its good young kids like you are looking into this problem. Hope you get good support and have a successful working model.

Your idea is good and it looks it would have a great impact on society. I would appreciate it if you could vote and comment on my idea as well