Cam’s Wallabies

Cameron Moore is a Rotorua teenager who identified a problem in his local taonga and created a technological solution to protect the taonga.

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Room 3 has been following Cameron’s journey through newspaper articles and Seven Sharp interviews.  Cameron’s  fine example has been an inspiration for their inquiry  - Te tiaki i o tātou taonga - Protecting our taonga.

Cameron identified a problem in his taonga ( Whakarewarewa Forest) when he was out mountain biking. He saw a wallaby that was eating a young plant shoot.  He realised that if all the wallabies kept eating the young plant shoots the forest would be damaged forever.

Cameron’s trap is special because he used AI (artificial intelligence) to design a trap  that only kills wallabies.  Many people mountain bike in Whakarewarewa Forest with their dogs and small children. Cameron’s trap has a door which only opens for wallabies. That's the AI part of the trap - it knows what a wallaby looks like.  The trap won’t kill dogs or small children.

Cameron has a lure in his trap. A lure is  something that attracts the wallaby to the trap. Cameron’s  lures are eucalyptus and wheat germ oil.

Cameron won a prize for his design. He won $1200.  The article says that Cameron bought a tablet with some of the money.

The competition (Solve for Tomorrow) that Cameron entered his design into was for students in Year 5 - 10. I’m in Year 5.

As Cameron was designing his trap he made heaps of mistakes. Cameron was new to programming and the articles said he got heaps of error messages. We have been learning that mistakes are part of the design process. Mistakes help us learn and improve our designs.

Interestingly, Cameron began his design by using an A12 trap. We had a look at this trap online. He modified this trap. We have been researching what people are already doing to deal with problems in Lake Taupō.

Artificial Intelligence

Room 3 is using Cameron’s invention as inspiration to design technological solutions for problems affecting their taonga - Lake Taupō. Cameron’s invention is making them think about how they could  use  artificial intelligence in their designs.

Room 3  Students may not know how to do AI programming yet, the ideas and possibilities that this technology could bring us are certainly on their minds.

I am  developing a catfish trap that will use AI to only open its door to catfish. This means it won't kill trout or native species.

The toilet 2.0 is a water conserving toilet that uses an AI camera to recognise how much human waste is in the toilet. It only flushes when there is a risk of the toilet clogging.

My algae remover is based on a pool cleaner. It uses AI to identify the problem algae. It also knows not to cut up trout or swimmers

2024 Sprague

Sara Sprague

I have been teaching since 2004. I started teaching at Wairakei Primary School in 2011. I am married to Steve and we have two children – Myles and Amelia. Myles and Amelia both enjoyed their primary school years here at Wairakei Primary School. I am really proud to be part of this school and appreciate all the amazing opportunities that are given to our children.

I like working with children and teaching. I love the fun that can be had and the feeling of being a part of a child’s growth and development. My favourite subject is maths. I appreciate the patterns and connections that can be found in numbers and I enjoy problem-solving. I have trained as a Math Specialist Teacher (MST).

My family and I love living in the Taupō area. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog and mountain biking - which is a particular family passion.


  • Cameron Moore Nov 24, 2023, 5:48 PM (3 months ago)

    I just spotted this post today.
    Those are some really cool ideas! It's amazing to see other students take inspiration from my idea. Keep up the great work.

    Cameron :)

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