In Week 5 two teams from Katikati Primary School took part in the EPro8 challenge. The competition tests children’s technology and maths problem solving skills. One of our teams came first and the other team came third. We interviewed the winning team about their accomplishment, here are their answers.
1.What was the biggest challenge?
Bradley: Making the doghouse roof because they didn’t have time to finish.
Miles: Figuring out what we were going to do and keeping in the lead.
Liam: Converting a table into a flood proof dog house.
Tim: Working together and not arguing.
2. How did your team cooperate?
Bradley: Pretty well but we could improve.
Miles: They did well, we all did our separate parts and then brought it all together.
Liam: I took over because no one stood up as leader. Bradley was the idea person. Tim was the collector of materials and kept everything organised. Miles was the builder and engineer.
Tim: We did alright, above average
3. What did you enjoy?
Bradley: The magic show challenges. The magic show involved using magnets to flip a coin and rotate a wand.
Miles: The challenge was the best part and I wish I had one of the kits at home.
Tim: The magic tricks and coming first.
4. How many teams were there?
Tim: 12 teams
5. What is the purpose of EPro 8?
Bradley: To get kiwi kids to learn how to engineer.
Miles: To practise engineering and teamwork.
Liam:To have fun and get smarter, also versing other teams.
Tim: Being able to engineer and work together.
6. Why do you think you came first?
Bradley: Because our team worked well together.
Miles: We were very good with the magic tricks and got on well.
Liam: Using lots of strategy to get the most points.
Tim: We went for the highest points in the shortest time.
7. What skills do you need?
Miles: Teamwork. You also need to be able to read the instructions carefully to make sure you have got it right.
Liam: Think really fast and cooperate.
Tim: Teamwork. Patience. Build something.
8. What skills did you bring?
Bradley: How to do the competition because he has done it before.
Miles: A lot of plan Bs, knowledge of what to do and experience.
Liam: The one that kept them going and thought outside of the box.
Tim: The guy who cleaned up and got everything.
9. What was the hardest challenge that you completed?
The magic wand was a stick on an axis attached to a table leg. It had magnets on each end so that when you pressed a button the electromagnet pushed the magnet away. So it looked like the wand was moving on its own.
Thank you to all the students who participated in this event, plus the staff and parents who helped make it happen. The purpose of cross country was to get people to go for a run, get fitter and have some fun! Everyone who completed the awesomely tiring course was a winner, but the students who finished first in their age groups were:
YEAR 1 GIRLS
1st Lyra Willett Rm 3
2nd Tilly Allen Rm 4
3rd Emily Wallis Rm 2
YEAR 1 BOYS
1st Alexzay Grewe Rm 4
2nd Frank Austin Rm 3
3rd Monty Groenewald Rm 3
YEAR 2 GIRLS
1st E'lute' Ruegg Rm 9
2nd Pippa Frith Rm10
3rd Ayla Davy Rm 8
YEAR 2 BOYS
1st Aiden Rickard Rm12
2nd Cameron Healy Rm11
3rd Gary Flavell-Phillips Rm12
YEAR 3 GIRLS
1st Hannah Breitenbach Rm11
2nd Natalia Austin Rm 9
3rd Savannah Thomas Rm 13
YEAR 3 BOYS
1st Ollie Smith Rm12
2nd Charlie Colquhoun Rm 8
3rd Monty Hall Rm 13
YEAR 4 GIRLS
1st Georgia Walter Rm16
2nd Bria Jenkins Rm18
3rd Bella Turner Rm 23
YEAR 4 BOYS
1st Ty Campbell Rm 24
2nd Lennox Hyde-Coltman Rm 16
3rd Luca Wisler Rm 23
YEAR 5 GIRLS
1st Coby Taylor Rm 16
2nd Edie Jackson Rm 25
3rd Chelsea Finch Rm 25
YEAR 5 BOYS
1st Mike Rousell Rm16
2nd Gianni Duckworth Rm 25
3rd Torsten Stone Rm 20
YEAR 6 GIRLS
1st Zsalea Mair Rm 27
2nd Tayla Frith Rm 21
3rd Miah Harper Rm 21
YEAR 6 BOYS
1st Ben Montford Rm 28
2nd Leo Willacy Rm 22
3rd Johnny Williams Rm 27
Thank you to all the people who put the time in to make food for the competitors, plus the adults who were the marshals. A special thank you must go to Mrs Townsend who set up the event for everyone to enjoy.
These are the school values that we used at cross country:
Excellence: Participating in the cross country and trying your best,
Respect: Respecting the marshals who helped guide us through the course,
Integrity: Being honest by not cutting corners and staying on the track.
Citizenship: Helping and cheering other people on.
Attitude: Showing up to do the event with a positive attitude.
Why don’t think about how you did in this year’s cross country, and set yourself a cross country goal for each value for next year? For example:
Excellence: Improve my placing by three spots
Respect: Not show off if I beat someone (I showed off a bit this year!)
Integrity: Not lying to my friends about what place I got!
Citizenship: Standing by the finish line and cheering in everyone on my pod - not just my friends
Attitude: Smiling throughout the whole event! Even if I don’t get the place I want to get.