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The first underwater robot will be used by children on Lastovo island to explore the marine environment

Lastovo primary school is richer for an underwater robot with which children will collect valuable data about the marine environment and thus become real little scientists.

From this week, young residents of this marine protected area have the opportunity to explore their marine coastal environment and record the changes they see over time, thanks to the project "Citizens Science: Measurements and Observations of the Sea".

"Senegalese scientist Baba Dium once said that in the end we will preserve only what we love, love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we have learned. WWF felt that the project was at the core of that thought, so we decided to participate in a partnership. Children learn much faster than adults, and they will inherit this sea in which our tradition and heritage are anchored ", said Mosor Prvan, head of the marine program at WWF Adria.

This project also builds technological literacy and prepares children for 21st century occupations in science and technology.

"This underwater robot has the ability to dive to a depth of 100 meters and work for up to almost 2 hours. The robot is controlled by a mobile phone, can record videos and photos, and comes with a robotic arm that can take samples for research purposes. In addition to the underwater robot school, we also donated a 3D printer to further interest them in STEM technologies, and encourage children to creatively and independently create various models and shapes with this modern technology ", emphasizes Paolo Zenzerović, project manager at IRIM.
In addition to collecting valuable data, this experience builds a sense of responsibility towards the sea in children and creates a generation of future citizens aware of the importance of preserving and quality management of the marine environment.

"Although we all declaratively love it, looking at the negative changes that are happening, the question is how much we understand the sea. Through this project, children will have the opportunity to see and understand the consequences of our activities on the Adriatic. This will give them the opportunity to, through understanding the changes that are taking place, become the bearers of the puzzle of sustainable sea management, love it even more and keep it better than we were able to, "concluded Prvan.

The project "Civil Science: Measurements and Observations of the Sea" is implemented by IRIM - Croatian Makers, the European Center Wergeland (EWC) from Norway, WWF Adria and HGSS.

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