Point View School wins engineering pilot trial

Point View School’s team, ‘Little Einsteins’ which took part in the Wonder Project Rocket Challenge pilot; and won the ‘Final Blast Off’ video competition. Photo supplied.

Point View School has won a nationwide trial involving more than 20 schools.
In terms 1 and 2, Engineering New Zealand (ENZ) trialed the Wonder Project Rocket Challenge in seven schools, and in term 2, this was extended to 22.

Schools were located from Auckland to Marlborough and more than 1000 children took part. To celebrate the conclusion of pilot 2, students were tasked with creating a short video to showcase their STEM learnings from the six-week challenge.

Winners Point View School were closely followed by Roscommon School and Pukekohe Intermediate, both awarded Highly Commended.

ENZ’s new in-school programme – The Wonder Project – is set to blast off to New Zealand schools next year.

The Wonder Project is all about getting young Kiwis excited about a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It’s designed to spark wonder in these subjects among students from all backgrounds, build confidence, and have them believe they achieve amazing things.

With the announcement comes the call-out for schools and professionals to be involved in 2019. Chief executive of Engineering New Zealand Susan Freeman-Greene says now is a better time than ever to sign up.

“In New Zealand, there is a massive skills shortfall in STEM – we simply don’t have enough young people pursuing careers in these fields. The Wonder Project aims to change that – taking our Kiwi kids on a creative, dynamic and, most importantly, fun STEM journey.”

The Wonder Project includes three successive programmes that knit seamlessly into the school curriculum. Each school is supported by a team of industry professionals, from the likes of Rocket Lab, Air New Zealand and various engineering organisations around New Zealand.

STEM professionals and school representatives can register their interest at www.wonderproject.nz. ENZ has a goal of reaching more than 200 schools across the country in the Wonder Project’s inaugural year.

Become a Wonder Project Ambassador or Wonder School today – register interest at wonderproject.nz

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