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Students show skills at EPRo8 Challenge

QMC Middle School Students take part in EPro8Tech whizzes at Queen Margaret College made the semi-finals of the EPro8 Challenge  held on Tuesday 21 November.

The Year 6 team, Problem Solvers, came third in the semi-final round and qualified for the finals.

The EPro8 Challenge is a competition; an engineering and problem solving race. Teams between Year 5 and 10 can enter and compete against others in the same Year Group.

This year Queen Margaret College hosted the initial competition between primary and intermediate schools in the Wellington region.

Queen Margaret College entered five teams in EPRo8 this year with three teams; QMC Dux (Year 9), The Superheroes (Year 7 and 8), and Problem Solvers (Year 6), all progressing to the semi-finals.

Year 8 student and Superheroes team member, Emma Bassett, says she enjoyed the challenge and is happy to be progressing to the semi-final.

She says each stage of the competition relied on having “skills in engineering, art, electronics, mathematics and problem solving”.

“Each team got given the same materials and tools, such as of 6 different heights, joining tools, wires, wheels, gears, pulleys, a solar panel, and an array of electronic boxes which we then used to compete in the challenges,” Emma explains.

Year 6 student Divya Srinivasa,  Problem Solvers team member, says her group made a Solar Panel Alarm clock for their original EPro8 challenge.

“We first constructed a bed out of steel rods and bolts. We had to do a bit of problem solving to strengthen our structure. Eventually we decided to use triangles as they are the strongest geometrical shape. We also solved the challenge to create an alarm clock that set off when the sun rose and a light to shine on the bed,” she says.

Divya says her team was “excited” to come third and progress on to the semi-finals and finals, saying the team has learnt a lot of skills they could take on to the next round.

“The whole challenge taught us how to use stuff in real life and also about collaboration,” Divya says.