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Hamilton Wins Boys' School EPro8 House Challenge

June 25, 2020 at 3:53 PM

Engineer – Problem Solve - Innovate

Today, JC Chalmers Hall at the Boys’ School was a fast-paced hub of engineering teamwork as groups of students from Years 5-8 pooled their problem-solving skills to compete in the EPro8 House Challenge.

EPro8 pits teams of students against one another to complete a variety of tasks in a set amount of time. The day was divided in two sessions with Years 5-6, followed by Years 7-8, nominating teams to represent their Houses. Each team was located at a workstation that contained an impressive assortment of equipment, including gears, wheels, pulleys, weights, tools, aluminium framing, motors and electronics. Working quickly and collaboratively, the teams were required to plan/design and build a range of solutions to novel problems, all within certain specifications and under time pressure. The heat was on! 

From creating a robotic guard dog that can wag its tail, bark and sit on command from at least two metres away, to a working prototype for a theme park ride, a solar powered satellite with two dimensional tracking and a bridge to hold a four wheeled test vehicle that activates a traffic light, their work was cut out! Practical problems were solved, machines invented to complete tasks, electronic circuits were constructed and mathematical workings employed.

In addition, there was a need for some strategic thinking. The harder the challenge, the greater the possible score – but there was not enough time for the teams to complete all the challenges – the strategy required working out which best to choose for maximum points in the allocated time! Throughout the challenge, a live leader board kept track of the score, increasing the sense of urgency and competition.

This was a fantastic opportunity for our boys to work collaboratively on tasks that were mentally challenging, requiring them to draw on scientific, technological and mathematical principles, while learning to listen and value each other’s opinions. And the score? In the Year 5-6 competition, the Hamilton team of Ryan Zhan, Ashan Cordwell, Eason Liu and Hugo Bricklebank came in first place helping towards Hamilton winning the Year 5-6 section. Later in the day it was another Hamilton team that won the Year 7-8 section with Rafi Newland, James Hiddleston, Tom Tipler and Fletcher Clark making the winning combination to ensure a win for Hamilton overall.. Well done boys!

Note: The boys were not in uniform today as they were holding a mufti day to raise funds for Foodbank.

EPro8 Year 5-6 House Results
1st Hamilton
2nd Wishart 
3rd Chalmers
4th Cargill 

EPro8 Year 7-8 House Results
1st Hamilton
2nd Wishart 
3rd Cargill
4th Chalmers

OVERALL HOUSE WINNERS
1st Hamilton
2nd Wishart 
3rd Cargill
4th Chalmers

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