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