(STEM) competitions

Enthusiasm & success
Green Bay High School is very pleased with the amount of student enthusiasm and success during Engineering Week, with a number of competitions helping to spark interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

The ever-present scientific and technological society that we live in today means that the biggest growth areas worldwide are in occupations linked to STEM subjects.

Last week some of our young scientists had great success in the EPRO8 Challenge, an engineering and problem solving competition. Working in teams of four, students were given access to a collection of assorted construction and electronic components and had to choose a series of challenges to complete within a three hour period.

The Year 10 team (pictured above) Kelham Rawlinson, Riann Wessels, Harrison Qu, and Daniel Rawlinson completed a large bridge with working traffic lights, followed by a device that used fans to launch a balloon through an obstacle course, claiming 1st place in their competition and qualifying for finals to be held at the end of August.

The Year 9 teams had an array of projects on the go, including a fully functional robotic tracking spotlight, and a moving vehicle capable of transporting a hovering balloon. It was a very tight finish and the team consisting of Cosmo Zavoda, Trillian Spavin-Little, Piero Grosman and Emilie Johnson placed 2nd overall, also qualifying them for the final. The other Year 9 teams managed 3rd, 5th and 9th places overall.

Senior students also took part in Auckland University’s annual NZ’s Next Top Engineering Scientist competition, as published in last week’s newsletter. Click here, to read all about it.

And continuing with the STEM theme, next week we will be profiling our MATHEX teams who will be competing at Kohimarama next Wednesday.