Students race to complete challenge
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.
St Joseph’s team of four students joined the challenge.