Stu­dents engineering their way to suc­cess

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Katikati Col­lege hosted the EPro8 Com­pe­ti­tion for the first time with a good turnout of schools for both rounds— the Year 7 and 8 (in­ter­me­di­ate) and Year 5 and 6 (pri­mary).

Now in its fourth year, the EPro8 com­pe­ti­tion is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity ev­ery year.

The event is an engineering chal­lenge held across New Zealand where groups of four stu­dents at­tempt tomake struc­tures and work elec­tron­ics to power el­e­ments they have added to their struc­tures. Par­tic­i­pants have no idea ahead of the chal­lenge re­quired of them.

Matahui School took top honours in the in­ter­me­di­ate round with Katikati Pri­mary School Braini­ac­swin­ning the pri­mary round.

This year the four chal­lenges stu­dents could choose from in­cluded build­ing a fire en­gine with lad­der, siren and flash­ing lights, am­agic show, so­lar­pow­ered alarm clock and hur­ri­cane proof dog ken­nel. It is not pos­si­ble for all chal­lenges to be com­pleted in the two and a half hours al­lowed, so strat­egy plays an im­por­tant part in suc­cess.

Each stage of the chal­lenge at­tracted points and the lead changed through­out the event re­flect­ing the num­ber of times a team pushed their red but­ton and got the judge to check their cre­ation.

The EPro8 com­pe­ti­tion is not just an engineering chal­lenge, team­work is crit­i­cal. The en­trants must read in­struc­tions, make sure they un­der­stand the re­quire­ments of the task, keep track of the time and strate­gise what com­bi­na­tion of chal­lenges will score the most points for the team.

Points were also awarded for keep­ing a tidy workspace.

Col­lege teacher Hamish Carr said it was in­ter­est­ing to see how many quite dif­fer­ent look­ing fire en­gines were built, while all even­tu­ally meet­ing thewrit­ten re­quire­ments.

Many schools were rep­re­sented with Katikati Col­lege, Katikati Pri­mary School, Matahui, Omoko­roa Point School, Beth­le­hem, Pa­hoia, St Joseph’s Catholic SchoolWaihi, Paeroa Cen­tral School. A team also came through from Thames South School for the in­ter­me­di­ate round.

The top three in each com­pe­ti­tion progress through to the semi­fi­nals held in Tau­ranga later this term.

In­ter­me­di­ate plac­ings: 1st Matahui 1, 2nd Katikati Col­lege Uni­corns, 3rd The Dreamteam from Omoko­roa Point. Pri­mary:

1st Katikati Pri­mary Braini­acs,

2nd Beth­le­hem 1, 3rd The Con­struc­tors from Pa­hoia School,

3rd Katikati Pri­mary Raiders. Par­ent and teacher sup­port was high at both events. At the con­clu­sion Andrew Thiele from

EPro8 was com­pli­men­tary about the stu­dents, the level of achieve­ment and the venue and ex­pressed a de­sire to hold the event again next year in Katikati, which is great news for the area. How­ever, in or­der to se­cure the event on an an­nual ba­sis, spon­sor­ship is sought for the two events. He also sug­gested schools seek spon­sors for each of their teams to cover the $120 per team of four. Any­one in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing the event con­tact Hamish Carr at Katikati Col­lege, or any­one keen to spon­sor a school team next year can con­tact one of the lo­cal schools.

YEAR 5-6 win­ners— Katikati Pri­mary School Braini­acs, from left, Tim Wiebes, Liam Kean, Bradley Scott and Miles Jon­son.

YEAR 7-8 win­ners from Matahui School, from left, Leo Hol­ley, Hen­ri­etta Daven­port, Hugo Brun­ing and Brid­get McGirr.

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