A four month old canine took a wrong turn and fell down a 230-foot well in Istanbul’s Beykoz district. For nearly 10 days, the animal was trapped down there with no food or water in sight, and firefighters had a rough time trying to get it out to safety. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending.
The robotics team at Bahcesehir High School For Science & Technology heard about the unfortunate situation and decided to spring into action to save the dog. They constructed a robotic arm to help lift the animal out of the well. When it came to the situation, the team stated:
“The workers would not have been able to rescue the dog without the help of the robotic arm. Their efforts were inhibited by the depth of the well. And the fact that they couldn’t dig a new hole because of concern it could cause the well to collapse entirely.”
The dog was rescued to a roar of applause, and it currently resides at the Beykoz fire station. The four footed animal goes by the name of Kuyu, which means “well” in Turkish. On Turkish Twitter, the hashtag #Kuyu was the second biggest trending topic at one point. Kuyu is being trained to become a rescue dog.
This isn’t the first time that high schoolers wowed people with their skills in robotics. In the 2004 MATE ROV competition, undocumented Mexican immigrants from Carl T. Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona defeated several colleges in the nation with their underwater robots, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In 2015, this story was turned into a film titled Spare Parts which starred George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marisa Tomei. There was also a 2014 documentary about the situation titled Underwater Dreams, which was directed, produced, and written by award winning director Mary Mazzio and narrated by actor Michael Peña.
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