There are 156 teams from 21 schools - one from Kaikohe, five from Kaipara and 15 from Whangarei – are contesting for the honour of Year 5/6 champion and Year 7/8 champion in the Northland Regional Final.
This year’s series starts with an EPro8 Internal Event that is run within each school. This allows a lot more students to be involved. Teams are constructing robotic scarecrows, concrete mixers, and a random decision-maker (a ramp that a ball will roll down, with a bunch of bolts so that the route the ball takes is random!).
The top two teams from each school will make their way to the inter-school semi-finals and grand finals at Kamo Intermediate School over three days from May 3 to 5. At the finals, they will be given brand-new engineering-based challenges.
Event organizer and EPro8 founder Kelvin Thiele says schools have all the EPro8 kits they need.
We provide them the challenges, scoring system, that big red button to press when they have completed a task, and a leader board,” says Mr Thiele. “With the inter-school events, the students are benefitting from more time to practice with the construction equipment. The electronic components will be added to the challenge when we get to the semis and finals to add another dimension to the challenge.”
Northpower Customer Experience Manager Rachel Wansbone says she is delighted with the enthusiasm of the students and teachers taking part in the popular STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) competition.
To have doubled the number of students involved in 2022 is really pleasing and we wish them the best in the Northpower EPRo8 Challenge,” she says. “Last year Northpower invested in four sets of the EPro8 Construction Equipment which we have been lending to schools around Kaipara and Whangarei for students to hone their skills.
We have seen in recent years how much students have advanced in their knowledge of STEAM in Northland due to their experience with EPro8. Along with Kelvin, we want or continue working with local schools and keep expanding the immensely positive impact of EPro8 on students.”
The EPro8 Challenge is an inter-school science and engineering competition with over 22,000 students from throughout New Zealand taking part annually to complete a variety of science and engineering-based challenges.
The EPro8 Challenge starts with an internal event that teachers run within their own school. For further information check out www.epro8challenge.co.nz.