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.