Trash trea­sured by stu­dents

Four schools bat­tled it out for the top spot in this year’s Scrap Heap Chal­lenge. Caitlin Wal­lace re­ports.

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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.

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