2005 Award Winners
David Henry School, Tokoroa
David Henry School Technology Extension Group students won their category with the help of local mechanical engineer, James Ravenscroft, an employee at Kinleith Pulp and Paper Mill.
Their teacher commented that having James visit regularly and keep in touch via email helped to motivate the students. “He asked excellent questions to draw forth more ideas and to help guide the project. He also set tasks to challenge them.”
The experience has inspired other teachers at the school to consider drawing on the expertise of engineers in their technology curriculum work.
2005 Merit Winner
Mt Eden Normal Primary School, Mt Eden, Auckland
The students were involved in brainstorming sessions, researching possibilities, compiling surveys and analysing the results. The most popular choices were investigated for practicality, affordability and safety. This was followed by drafting the design and writing to local businesses to obtain their support and materials for the project. The whole process was documented from beginning to end. This provided the basis of the report to enter into the Awards competition as well as enabling the group to communicate their progress on a regular basis to the community at large. This communication led to an amazing amount of support from both the school and wider community, and it was this support which enabled them to get the project completed.
Engineer’s comment (Priya Kumar, Metro Water Ltd)
“It has been a great pleasure and a rewarding experience working with the group of students involved…..The teamwork was tremendous and seeing the students help each other and enjoying the hands-on work they were involved in, from concept to construction, is pleasing.”
Teacher’s comment (Caroline Abbott)
Throughout the entire process the excitement and enthusiasm demonstrated by these students was second to none….The students work has been a constant “hot topic” around the community and we have had an amazing amount of feedback both from our school and from businesses and it has all been very positive. The support we have received has allowed the project to become a reality.”