Scrap champs retain title
Waiariki Institute of Technology won the annual Scrapheap Challenge for the second year in a row.
Waiariki, Tokoroa High School and Forest View High School all took part in the 2011 Scrapheap Challenge on Friday. The competition consists of each team getting a similar pile of scrap metal and having three hours to create something unique.
All teams were made up of three students with a passion for engineering, accompanied by a mentor.
The wining team of Nuku Ainsley, Taylar Pompey and Alan Oliver are all students at the Tokoroa Trade Training Centre. ‘‘We went into the competition with the idea that we wanted to create a truck. Once we got to see the scrap we had to work with, we all noticed lots of small detailed bits of metal so we got to work on a small intricate truck,’’ Nuku said.
The only criteria for the creations were they had to be less than 2.3m. The teams started at 9.45am and everyone showed great enthusiasm and creativity. ‘‘It is great to see the students enjoying themselves and such a great mix in the teams. They get more creative every year. No-one was holding back,’’ said George Fisher, Waiariki Institute of Technology technician.
TOKOROA HIGH SCHOOL: Students impressed with their metallic dog.
WINNERS: Waiariki Institute of Technology students won the Scrapheap Challenge.
FOREST VIEW: High School students came up with this neat contraption during the competition.