Col­lege builders need votes

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

Te Poi Play­cen­tre is the re­cip­i­ent of a new play­house, cour­tesy of Mata­mata Col­lege.

The col­lege is one of only two Waikato schools com­pet­ing in the BCITO Build-a-bil­ity Chal­lenge. Seven stu­dents from the col­lege took part in the chal­lenge, which has now come to a close.

Judges from BCITO vis­ited the fin­ished play­house last week as part of a two step judg­ing process, the other step in­volves a panel of judges re­view­ing the de­sign and plan­ning.

Now it is up to the public to vote for their favourite from the 19 schools in the com­pe­ti­tion. Peo­ple can vote on­line at build­abil­

The supreme win­ners will re­ceive a $10,000 voucher for their school’s tech­nol­ogy depart­ment, with ad­di­tional prizes for the peo­ples choice award and best video en­try.

BCITO Chief Ex­ec­u­tive War­wick Quinn is en­cour­ag­ing every re­gion to get be­hind their schools and vote for one to be crowned the Peo­ple Choice’s win­ner.

‘‘There are some fan­tas­tic builds in this year’s Build-Abil­ity Chal­lenge. The com­pe­ti­tion has cer­tainly put the stu­dents’ skills to the test – it will be very close!’’ he says.

‘‘The chal­lenge has not only given stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop new skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, but it also plays an im­por­tant part in en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to con­sider the wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try,’’ he says.

Mata­mata Col­lege tech­nol­ogy teacher Ben Allen says the stu­dents worked re­ally well to­gether and the build­ing of the play­house pro­gressed quickly.

‘‘A week ago it was all in pieces and within that week its taken shape and come to­gether nicely.’’

Allen says in prepa­ra­tion for the chal­lenge, the build­ing team took a trip to Cam­bridge with the BCITO to see houses in var­i­ous build­ing stages.

‘‘When we came back we were do­ing some of what we had seen on that day, it was good for them to see it in real life and then build it on a small scale,’’ he says.

The col­lege par­tic­i­pated two years ago and built a hobbit house, which was do­nated to Kids Cor­ner.

The BCITO works closely with schools and ca­reers ad­vi­sors and also plays an im­por­tant ad­vo­cacy role, pro­mot­ing the the build­ing and con­struc­tion trade to young ca­reer seek­ers.

Three of the Mata­mata Col­lege build­ing team in the BCITO chal­lenge Dy­lan Smith, Reuben Wigelsworth and Caine Ho­hepa with the fin­ished play house. Below: The house in an ear­lier stage of con­struc­tion.

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