The Kununurra Boab Boys’ defeat at a national engineering competition has not stopped their ambition to bring the sleeping pods designed by their team to the town. Jai Evans, 15, Ruscoe Robertson, 14, Alvin Thomas Joseph, 14 and Eli Evans, 12, were invited as an independent team to the FIRST Lego League National Championships, held in Perth on December 14. The team earned the highest score in the robot category and an award for their research project, which detailed their plans for boab nut-shaped sleeping pods to create a safe space for youth at risk to sleep. “Even though we’re not through to the international championships, we still intend furthering the boab nut sleep pod project next year,” team manager Natalie Evans said. “The tournaments were not just about robots but about innovation and connection with our community, so we have invested a lot of energy into that side of things. “I'm also looking to expand our reach to cultivate more robotics and innovation teams across the Kimberley.” She said the boab nut sleep pods would provide a secure place for kids to be at night, instead of out on the streets. “The boys research indic-ated they will instigate a positive shift in wellbeing and deter the current culture of street mischief,” she said. “The pods themselves will be works of art, which the youth will contribute to, so they hold a sense of ownership and pride in them.” The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology international competition series gives school students the chance to learn about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions.