The first round of the EPro8 Challenge is either:
- Event Format
- In School Challenge Format
Where we have a local sponsor then we will run the event format in your area.
All secondary school events are also run using the event format.
You can see which format we will be running in your area by looking at the Schedule of Events page here.
In the event format, each team will be located at a workstation, which contains an impressive assortment of easy to use equipment, including gears, wheels, pulleys, joiners, nuts and bolts, tools, aluminium framing, motors and electronics.
At the start of the event, teams will be given a booklet containing four challenges. Each challenge will be split into parts which range from easy to challenging.
Teams choose which challenges they wish to complete. Typically the more difficult challenges will be worth more points. They won't have enough time to finish all the challenges. There is strategy involved in deciding which challenges best suit their skills and abilities.
Each event consists of 12 teams, who will compete to earn the most points in the 2 ½ hour time limit. Teams are made up of four students.
As soon as an individual part of a challenge is completed, the team will press the "Big Red Button". Lights flash and music plays.
If they have met the criteria for that challenge then points will appear on the live scoring leaderboard.
Live scoring adds to the fun and excitement, with teams seeing how they rank as the event progresses.
Teams then choose what challenge to undertake next.
At the completion of 2 ½ hours, the team with the most points will be the winner of that heat. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team from each heat. The top teams from each heat qualify for the regional Semi-finals.
Spectators / Supporters
The EPro8 Challenge has been specifically designed to be a spectator friendly event. The challenges are all large scale and visually stunning. There will be live scoring. Please feel free to take photos and videos of the event.
We would love supporters to come along and watch. Entry for spectators is free.
All we ask is that teams are left to solve the challenges themselves.
3D Printed Construction System
We want contestants to be able to complete large sized constructions easily and quickly - without the use of tools. We searched the world for such a system, and found nothing.
So we have designed and 3D printed our own. This allows us to create specialised parts for each challenge. Over 5000 hours of 3D printing has gone into making the equipment that teams will use.
The equipment is large scale with most structures being over 1m in size.
The system works using a simple joiner, that allows teams to easily design and build structures and machines using aluminium extrusions, brackets, motors, gears, pulleys, and electronics.
The equipment is made from quality parts. For example, all the gears and pulleys have quality ball bearing componentry. We have invested heavily in motors, axles and modular electronics.
Each event will start with a 15 minute tutorial about the equipment to ensure all teams know how to use the equipment.
Typically the year 5-6 teams will compete during the morning, and year 7-8 in the evenings.
Secondary school events will vary between day and evening events.
Please check the schedule of events for the actual details of your event.
The timetable for each event is as follows:
Race Briefing / Tutorial / Exercise
9.30 - 9.45 am
5.00 - 5.15 pm
Complete the most challenges you can in 2 1/2 hours
9.45 am - 12.15 pm
5.15 - 7.45 pm
Final Judging / Prize Giving / Tidy Up
12.15 - 12.30 pm
7.45 - 8.00 pm