Nicosia, 3 November 2023
Team PyroCleaner, comprised of talented young girls Emilia Aristidou, Elena Aristidou, and Evdokia Voudouri from The Mitsis Commercial School of Lemythou, and with the support of their teacher Georgia Charalambous, has emerged as the winner of the Girls Go Circular Robot Challenge in Cyprus. This competition, aligned with Girls Go Circular’s mission, empowers female students to explore technology’s role in solving real-world environmental issues, fostering confidence and passion in scientific fields.
PyroCleaner’s winning concept, was explained in a 3-minute pitch video, collecting the most votes from the judges. Their idea, the PyroCleaner, is an energy independent robot able to collect plastic from oceans and rivers and transport it to ships equipped with Pyrolysis machines. Its main aim is to clean oceans from plastic waste.
Selected as the top team, PyroCleaner will represent Cyprus at the Women and Girls STEM Forum in Brussels, Belgium on December 5, 2023. The team will have the unique opportunity to present their ideas and compete in the Challenge Finale during the WGSF, elevating their innovative solutions to a global stage along with attending numerous seminars/workshops and fun activities.
This opportunity arose through the Girls Go Circular programme. An educational initiative that encourages young girls to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. The project aims to equip schoolgirls with digital and entrepreneurial skills through an online learning programme about the circular economy.
Workshops and individual learning in the frame of the programme continue throughout the current school year. For students, teachers, schools, or private institutes that are interested please fill this form: https://jacyprus.org/en/girls-go-circular/#tab-id-6, so we can get in touch with you and be part of this inspiring educational programme.
The programme is an initiative of EIT Community and JA Europe and it is implemented in 29 countries all over Europe.