Trash treasured by students
Four schools battled it out for the top spot in this year’s Scrap Heap Challenge. Caitlin Wallace reports.
Pieces of junk were salvaged and turned into imaginative art pieces in this year’s scrap heap challenge.
Waiariki Institute of Technology’s annual competition brought together four education providers to battle it out.
Tokoroa High School, Forest View High School, Putaruru College and Waiariki were given a pile of mixed scrap metal to work with.
Forest View claimed victory for the first time with their mini motorcycle.
Student Jacob Maj said they were glad to ‘‘break the drought’’.
Waiariki regional development manager Maree Kendrick said the competition was about keeping the engineering industry alive.
‘‘We’re just trying to promote the engineering industry in the South Waikato,’’ she said.
Kendrick said she was prised’’ at the creativity.
Past competitors have come up
‘‘ sur- with all sorts including a motorised wheel chair, merry-goround and the 2012 winning piece, a dentist chair.
First-time judge and Holster Supply assistant manager Chris Salmon was impressed with the entries.
‘‘ I think it’s awesome what they’ve managed to produce with their creativity and use of materials,’’ he said.
This year’s competition pieces included Waiariki’s machine gun, Tokoroa High’s ‘‘ baby zilla’’ and Putaruru College’s robot.
Winning design: Forest View High School students won the Scrap Heap Metal Challenge with this mini motorbike.
Broken drought: Kyle Pearce,left,Jacob Maj and Sheldon Ahipene claim the title for Forest View High School for the first time.