Queen Margaret College students show their skills at EPRo8 Challenge

Tech whizzes at Queen Margaret College have made the semi-finals of the EPro8 Challenge being held on Tuesday 21 November.

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 5 and 6), all progressing to the next round of competition.

The Superheroes and Problem Solvers will be competing at Evans Bay Intermediate School on 21 November. Dux have already taken part in the semi-finals of their competition.

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, who is part of the Problem Solvers, 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. 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,” she says.

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 says. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017