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Tech whizzes at Queen Margaret College (QMC) have made the semi-finals of the EPro8 Challenge held on Tuesday, November21. EPro8 Challenge is an engineering and problem solving race joined by school teams between year 5 and 10. “Each team got given the same materials and tools, of six 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 Bassett explains. Emma is a QMC year 8 student and team member of the Superheroes – one of five QMC teams that entered the competition. She says each stage of the competition relied on having “skills in engineering, art, electronics, mathematics and problem solving”.
Year 6 student Divya Srinivasa, who is part of the Problem Solvers team, says her group chose to make a Solar Panel Alarm clock for their 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,” Divya says. “Eventually we decided to use triangles as they are the strongest geometrical shape. We also
managed to solve the challenge to create an alarm clock that set off when the sun rose and a light to shine on the bed.” Divya says her team was “excited” to come third and progress on to the semi-finals and says they 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 explains.
Scout hall ready for major revamp By Julia Czerwonatis
Ngaio Scouts were excited last week when local real estate agent Glenn Stewart handed over a large cheque. Glenn’s donation enhances the scouts’ budget for revamping their worn-out hall. “Our hall got damaged in last year’s earthquake,” Hadyn Nicholls, Ngaio Scouts leader, explains. “But that’s not the only reason why we need to refurbish. “The hall was built in the 1940s by Warwick Bell who also built other scout halls in Wellington. “It has been expanded two times since then – quite badly though, unfortunately,” Hadyn explains. “The interior is quite a mismatch, but after we have done everything up you won’t be able to tell anymore; it will be a lot smarter and nicer.” For the past year, the Ngaio Scouts worked hard to raise funds for the refurbishment, and they are grateful for Glenn’s generous donation. “The scouts are doing great things for the kids in our community so it’s a pleasure for me to help them where I can,” Glenn says. With 115 members, Ngaio
Ethan and Hadyn Nicholls with Glenn and Harry Stewart. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis.
Scouts are the second largest group in the Wellington zone. Hadyn says he enjoyed being a scout leader and go on adventures with the little explorers.
“My son has been a Cub here and is now a Scout Leader. And my daughter was a Kea,” he explains how he got involved with the group.
He says the revamped scout hall would be a community asset and available for other groups to use. The renovations are planned for January.
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Independent Herald 29-11-17