Stu­dents race to com­plete chal­lenge

Waihi Leader - - News - — By Grace McDon­ald, Makenna Reid and Matt Jen­nings

St Joseph’s School raced to show in­ge­nu­ity in the 2018 EPro8 Chal­lenge last week.

Four stu­dents — Matt Jen­nings, Ja­cob An­der­son, Grace McDon­ald and Makenna Reid — from Waihi St Joseph’s Catholic school com­peted in the 2018 EPro8 Chal­lenge held at Katikati Col­lege last Thurs­day.

Aimed at Year 7 and 8 stu­dents, the EPro8 Chal­lenge is an en­gi­neer­ing and prob­lem-solv­ing race con­test de­signed to chal­lenge, re­ward and in­spire young peo­ple.

This year, over 8000 stu­dents from nearly 800 schools through­out New Zealand took part.

Year 7 and 8 stu­dents had to build mod­els, such as a storm-proof dog ken­nel, a work­ing fire truck with ex­tend­able lad­der and flash­ing lights in just two and a half hours.

The 10 teams of four (from Katikati, Paeroa, Waihi and moko­roa) had to build a large struc­ture, solv­ing prac­ti­cal prob­lems us­ing pul­leys, mo­tors, gears, wheels and axles. Teams were given tools to work with. They had to com­mu­ni­cate and col­lab­o­rate to see how ev­ery­thing worked to­gether and in­vent ma­chines that could com­plete sim­ple tasks, con­struct ba­sic elec­tronic cir­cuits and solve in­ter­est­ing prob­lems us­ing prac­ti­cal maths.

For the stu­dents, It was a bat­tle of brains in Katikati Col­lege’s hall. Each chal­lenge had sev­eral com­po­nents with dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria and points awarded at the com­ple­tion of each stage.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was tough and our ri­vals were fierce,” St Joseph’s stu­dent Makenna Reid said. Work­ing on the so­lar-pow­ered alarm for two and a half hours, St Joseph’s School team com­pleted four of the six dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria.

“The time went ex­cep­tion­ally fast,” stu­dent Matthew Jen­nings said. Points were awarded for the clean­est work­sta­tion and com­plet­ing the cri­te­ria of the model they were cre­at­ing.

“It was pretty cool, and it was awe­some get­ting to use all those tools to cre­ate some­thing that ac­tu­ally worked,” Grace McDon­ald said.

PHO­TOS / SUP­PLIED.

St Joseph’s team of four stu­dents joined the chal­lenge.

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