Students create treasures from trash
It seems the creations South Waikato high school students come up with are getting better each year during the annual Scrapheap Challenge.
The engineering challenge, run through Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, was hosted by Holsters Engineering in Tokoroa recently. Teams were each made up of three students and a mentor who was only allowed to guide them.
The students were tasked with working with various pieces of scrap metal which they had to turn into a creation of their choice.
Toi Ohomai automotive and engineering technician faculty of applied technology and primary industries’ George Fisher said he was blown away by how creative this year’s students were.
‘‘They started off in the morning at 9.15am when they were given a briefing of how the day would go and the rules and from there they had to work out what they were going to make before finishing up at 2pm ahead of the judging,’’ he said.
‘‘They could make anything as long as it was no bigger than two metres by two metres by two metres and it could stand up by itself because it had to be safe.’’
‘‘They came up with their creations by looking at a pile of supplied material and when you look at a pile of stuff on the floor it can be really hard to come up with something, but they always do.’’
‘‘The challenge has been going now for eight or nine years and their creations are improving every year. From what students made when it started to what they are making now makes it really hard for the judges to decide what they want to do,’’ he said.
This year the likes of a metal lathe, mini Ferris wheel, model helicopter, and a model machine gun were all created.
It was Tokoroa High School however that went through to win with its creation of a model helicopter. Glass 40% Newspaper 40% Steel 60% Plastic 70% Aluminium 95% (75% when recycled back into aluminium beverage cans)
Students from Forest View High School work on their mini Ferris wheel during the Scrapheap Challenge at Holsters Engineering in Tokoroa.