School wins en­gi­neer­ing com­pe­ti­tion

Hauraki-Coromandel Post - - News - Zoe Win­ter and Kaia van Doorn

Do you have a prob­lem that needs an in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion? Tairua Tor­na­does may be your guys. The tor­na­does are a group of 11-year-olds from Tairua School who took out the Waikato re­gional fi­nals of a ma­jor school en­gi­neer­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The Epro8 Chal­lenge is an in­ter­school science and en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenge and these boys won first over­all in the whole Waikato re­gion.

Un­for­tu­nately due to Covid-19, travel to a na­tional fi­nal was not

Among the crazy chal­lenges, the teams had to make toast pop out to reach a cer­tain height. They also had to build a toi­let that was 50cm above the ground with a light that goes on when you sit down.

pos­si­ble this year.

The four Year 6/7 stu­dents were Max van Doorn, To­mas Al­varado, Shanti Wil­son and cap­tain Ben Steine­mann.

The Epro8 com­bines prob­lem solv­ing and team­work and fo­cuses on Year 7/8 stu­dents, how­ever Max was lucky enough to take part as a Year 6.

reach a cer­tain height. They also had to build a toi­let that was 50cm above the ground with a light that goes on when you sit down.

An­other chal­lenge they en­joyed was build­ing an elec­tric scooter.

Their first com­pe­ti­tion was in Thames and they won it. Their sec­ond round was in Hamil­ton and they came sec­ond - although the boys thought the judge got it wrong. They then made it to the fi­nals in Hamil­ton

and cleaned up, bring­ing home the first place Epro8 tro­phy. “It was nice to know we won the grand fi­nal of the whole Waikato,” says To­mas.

They say they prac­tised dur­ing class time at school to win.

The in­no­va­tion con­tin­ues at the school, with ‘tin­ker time’ in class which on Mon­day in­volved all stu­dents mak­ing mini elec­tric cars out of mo­tors and card­board with teacher Cather­ine Brown­ing.

Photo / Ali­son Smith

Tor­na­does are To­mas Al­varado, Ben Steine­mann, Max van Doorn and Shanti Wil­son. PHOTO/ALI­SON Smith.

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