Pupils put their minds to it

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Problem solvers: The winners of the BP Challenge (back, from left), Jaeyden Musgrave (Aparima College), Huriana Ponga (Northern Southland College), Olivia Duthie (Northern), Benjamin Cleaver (Aparima), (front, from left) Henry Wallace (Aparima), James West (Aparima) and Jakob Woodward (Aparima).

A DRONE capable of making difficult jobs more simple and faster for farmers and other workers was the winning project at this year’s BP Challenge schools technology competition at Aparima College in Riverton last week.

The Beta Dog 1.1 drone was designed by Aparima College and Northern Southland College pupils.

Organised by the Young Enterprise Trust, 80 Years 10 to 12 pupils from Aparima College, Northern Southland College and Southland Boys’ High School took part.

The pupils had to identify an issue related to tourism, rural, sport, adventure or outdoor categories and match technology to come up with a solution to the problem.

Aparima College head of English Lynne Grove said the challenge taught the pupils problem-solving skills, teamwork and communication skills.

“Standing up and being able to speak about their area of the business to someone they don’t know is something they wouldn’t normally do in the classroom. I think this excellent programme puts them on a really good path to owning and running businesses in the future,” Mrs Grove said.

Aparima College pupil James West (15) said taking part in the challenge was an interesting and fun experience.

“During the challenge I learned how to set up, finance and present the business,” he said.

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