Stu­dents cre­ate trea­sures from trash

South Waikato News - - Your Health - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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