Window-cleaning robot lauded

A groundbreaking window-cleaning robot has won an Auckland teenager an international award.

Sohail Abdulla, 17, from Mt Roskill Grammar School began inventing a robotic window cleaner for his father who suffers back and knee pain.

But judges at the Genesis Energy Realise the Dream event thought his device had more merit than just as a handy tool for Abdulla's dad and tonight he was awarded the inaugural American Ambassador Outstanding Award.

They were particularly impressed with Abdulla's understanding of the engineering research and development process through to testing a prototype.

Abdulla has been offered an all expenses paid trip to participate at the INTEL Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2013. 

The fair is the biggest of its type in the world with over 1500 participants from around the globe showcasing their science research and innovations.

Abdulla has spent the last week at Realise the Dream, a national event which rewards 20 students for their science research or engineering.

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