Ngaruawahia High School has come out on top of this year's BCITO Build-Ability Challenge.

The project team Tammy Tripp, Trisha Tapine, Shontae Moke, Samuel Haehae, Tirua Cooper, Stevie Simmons, Te Ataahua Moanaroa-Manukau, Krystal Cleaver and seated in front Jermaine Inia-Edmonds. Absent: Atama Nepia.


A team from the school were named supreme winners and awarded the best video prize with their outdoor sound shell. 


Teams from 14 schools across the country were given the past few months to plan, design and build a project which would make a difference to their school or community.


The Ngaruawahia team worked together to build the outdoor stage area with a sound shell for the school's eco-village. 

It will be used for dance, music and drama performances.


"The dome has been very well constructed and, what's more, it looks fantastic," BCITO group manager of stakeholder engagement Greg Durkin said. 


"The judges were impressed by the complexity of the shell and the integration of the many angles used. The result is a structure that is robust and incorporates an interesting design element."


The team's progress was documented utilising their builders-log blog posts that told the story of working with the wider community to create something that will be a great focal point within the school.


"Creative use of video made this an entertaining build to watch during the 19 weeks of the challenge," Durkin said.


As the supreme winners, the students have won individual prize packs, a trophy and a $1000 voucher for their school's technology department.


Their best video award also won their school a GoPro camera.


The challenge integrates with the Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) National Certificate, allowing students to earn unit and achievement standards – giving them a head start on their construction training.


Original article by North Waikato News

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