The Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards provide a practical way for schools to enhance their technology curriculum and offer students the opportunity to work with Transpower engineers to develop a project.
The awards, run by IPENZ, are about encouraging innovative thinking and inspiring students to consider a career in technology, engineering or science.
Transpower has sponsored the awards since 2003 and encourages staff to get involved with local schools. The awards are open to all schools at all levels and in all locations.
Mission Heights Junior College in East Auckland won the senior section of the awards with Project Alert, a device designed to help deaf students who are unable to hear fire alarms. This school also won a merit award for some of their other projects.
Christchurch South Intermediate School and Waiuku Primary School were the joint winners of the junior section of this year's awards. At Christchurch South Intermediate, small group of students developed a scooter parking system at their school. At Waiuku Primary School, they designed a junkyard mini-golf course which will be built on their school grounds and will be open for the enjoyment of the local community.
A number of merit prizes were also awarded to schools from around the country.
Our staff will present prizes to the winning schools over the coming weeks.