For the Qualifying Challenge, teams will be given a challenge that they will undertake within their own school using their school's own set of EPro8 School Equipment. They have the flexibility for when to work on their challenge.
Teams of four students have "unlimited" time, but limited resources, to complete the challenge.
They will only be able to use:
- ONE set of EPro8 School Equipment
- Consumables readily available at schools (paper, tape, string.
Teams will also require one extra item. This item, which will be revealed at the challenge launch, is available from Countdown for $3.
Online Team Portal
Each team will be sent an Entry Certificate. This will contain an Access Code that will give them access to their own personalised EPro8 Workshop Portal.
This is an online portal in the style of an engineering workshop.
Along with fun and enspiring engineering resources, their EPro8 Workshop Portal will contain:
- Details of the challenge
- An example solution
The EPro8 Workshop Portal is where the teams will submit their solution to the challenge.
Compete Against Local School
You will be competing against the schools your town or district, for the right to represent your town in the Event Series.
There will be a seperate online prizegiving for each town or district. For example there will be a top Levin team and a top Lower Hutt team.
Qualify for the Event Series
The Event Series will follow our traditional event format, where twelve teams from throughout your area come together for to compete in the EPro8 Challenge Heats.
The EPro8 Engineering Portal contains a countdown clock.
At 9:30am on the Monday morning that your challenge opens, one of the EPro8 Engineers will launch the challenge online.
They will explain the rules, tell your teams what we are looking for and how they will be judged.
The challenges will take approximately 4-5 hours to complete.
It is recommended that teams be given access to the equipment for a week so that they can develop their ideas over time.
There is a four week window from when the challenge is launched until entries close.
This means four teams could share the one set of equipment.
Teams will complete their challenge, then submit their solution via the EPro8 Workshop Portal.
Their submission will include:
- A video showing their solution
- A photo of their build
- A one page report describing their solution, and answering some practical maths questions about their construction.
There will be clear criteria for how we will judge the entries.
The online prizegiving will occur "live" from within the EPro8 Workshop Portal.
The entry fee for the Qualification Challenge is only $30 per team. We have set this price to allow so that you can enter more teams.
There is a seperate entry fee for each round of the Event Series. For details of pricing see the Registration & Pricing Page.
Purchasing or Hiring Equipment
For schools that haven't purchased their own EPro8 School Equipment, the $1,100 per school subsidy is still available. For details of the equipment click here.
For schools who have NOT purchased the EPro8 School Equipment we will hire ONE set of EPro8 School Equipment for ONE week $195.
One week is enough time for three teams to complete the Qualifying Challenge.
For schools who have NOT previously taken part in the EPro8 Challenge, there is a discounted introductory hire rate of $95 for ONE week.
The price includes GST and freight in both directions.
To hire the equipment please email firstname.lastname@example.org