On Wednesday 31 October, whilst many young ones in your neighbourhood may have been in a frenzy, hastily scavenging as many sweets as possible on trick or treating on Halloween night, a group of Year 7 Whangaparaoa learners where involved in a completely different frenzy: the 2018 Epro8 Engineering Challenge.
The Year 7/8 event was held at 5.00 pm in Silverdale Primary School, about the same time the ghouls came out to trick or treat. The Epro8 competitors had different ghouls to battle that night– like structures that didn’t remain stable, sensors that weren’t doing their job, and motors that weren’t moving.
The first team to get points on the score-board was Whangaparaoa’s team ‘Barracuda’, followed soon afterwards by a team from Mahurangi College. Whangaparaoa’s team ‘Eels’ soon added their first score to the tally, taking the 2nd place spot from Mahurangi. As the challenges got tougher, with electronic components and motors being added to structures, the Barracuda’s showed they were up to the task and remained in 1st or 2nd place for most of the competition. The Eels where right on their heels.
At the end of the night, after 2½ hours of building, thinking, connecting parts and sweating, the final buzzers were pushed. Andrew Thiele, the event leader, asked the competitors “who achieved tonight more than they thought they would at the beginning of the evening?” Every single competitor raised their hand. Well done to all the competitors who learned from their failures, and kept their cool under the pressure. You are all winners as you exceeded your own expectations. The final results were 4th place for the Whangaparaoa Eels, and 3rd place to the Whangaparaoa Barracuda, who secured a place in the Semi-finals for their region in December.
Year 10 EPro8 Challengers take 1st place in semi-finals
The Whangaparaoa Year 10 Sharks once again “mauled” their competitors in the EPro8 engineering and robotics challenge on Thursday 16 August at Mission Heights School. With nerves of steel, they managed to outscore the team they came second to at the heats, Northcote College, as well as teams from Birkenhead College,
St. Mary’s College, Waiuku College and Rosehill College.
The EPro8 is an engineering and robotics challenge, where teams of four compete to build and design working objects like extendable fire truck ladders, safes with burglar alarms, and even booby traps designed to go off when a cookie jar lid is opened!
Congratulations to Alex Callaghan, Sarah Harrison, Alex Lu, and Ben Mueggenburg on their win! Good luck for the final Monday 3 September.
Teacher of Science
Would you be able to build a bed strong enough for your “Uncle Albert”, that features a light that automatically turns on in the morning to wake him out of his deep sleep? This is the type of problem solving, engineering and robotics challenge, that three teams from Whangaparaoa college solved to get points on the score board, in this year’s Vector Epro8 regional heat, held at Northcote college on Friday 3 August.
The Year 10 team, Whangaparaoa Sharks “mauled” most of their competitors, finishing a ferocious 2nd to secure a place in the finals coming up in two weeks.
Members: Alex Callaghan, Alex Lu, Ben Mueggenburg, Sarah Harrison.
The Year 9 Whangaparaoa Snappers “nibbled” their way into 4th place in the last two minutes, then unluckily dropped to 5th place after all the final buzzers were pushed. The Year 9 Whangaparaoa Marlin “took the bait” early, leading the Year 9 Snapper team from the start, but were “snagged” in the last minutes by a ladder that would not automatically raise when the judge was around – but did raise whenever he was not! The Marlin finished in a commendable 6th place.
Year 9 Members: Dean Baker, Enzo Gladiadis, Erika King, Jack Sweetman, Jackson Wright, Jade Milne, Josiah Marriott – Simeon.
Teresa Winstone, Teacher of Science