Students engineering their way to success
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.