Chal­lenge builds up con­fi­dence

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A group of For­est View High School stu­dents have been thrown into the real world of build­ing af­ter they en­tered the BCITO Build Abil­ity Chal­lenge.

For the first time in its history, the Toko­roa school will be rep­re­sented in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The five year 13 stu­dents Vince Sam­son, Luther Ngawaka, Neil Wilkin­son, Caleb Stevens and Jesse Saun­ders have been set the task to de­sign and build a play­house.

The group is among 28 oth­ers in coun­try in the run­ning for a $1000 cash prize to­wards their school tech­nol­ogy depart­ment.

The chal­lenge’s build phase runs un­til Au­gust 14, be­fore judg­ing and vot­ing for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

They have com­pleted their de­sign and have cho­sen to build a fire house which will be do­nated to a lo­cal kinder­garten, Ngawaka said.

It will be made out of lo­cally sourced tim­ber and the stu­dents are re­stricted to 2.2m by 1.8m and a max­i­mum height of 3.5m.

So far it’s been a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence com­pared to class projects like out­door fur­ni­ture.

‘‘[It’s been] chal­leng­ing and dif­fer­ent . . . we’re ac­tu­ally deal­ing with walls and foun­da­tions.’’

As part of the chal­lenge, they also have to com­plete a timeline and a public blog.

They’ve had a sneak peak at their com­peti­tors through the blogs and are con­fi­dent with their chances.

‘‘I reckon we’ve got an all right chance if we keep our mind on the job.’’

Head of Graph­ics and Tech­nol­ogy, Andy Mac­Don­ald, will over­see the stu­dents’ work to make sure they are on track.

‘‘It’s pretty hard to step back some­times . . . it’s very much their pro­ject.’’

He said the chal­lenge is teach­ing them about pro­ject man­age­ment which is what they may face if they chose to en­ter the in­dus­try.

BCITO chief ex­ec­u­tive Ruma Karaitiana said the chal­lenge is a part­ner­ship with schools to ac­tively en­cour­age young peo­ple to con­sider a ca­reer in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

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