Three teams from Mission Heights Junior College have gained merit awards in the senior section of the IPENZ Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards this year. This competition sees students working with engineering mentors to develop technological solutions to an issue/area of concern that the students have identified in their school or community. The school is developing an impressive record of success, having also been awarded prizes in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Christina Bang, Sarah Hamza and Tyla Amos whose project “Feel the Heat” was developed to alert parents if they had accidentally left their child/ren in the car;
Katrina Mohammed, Bella Lin and Ryan Ngo whose project “Lock-down” was developed to provide an alert to computer screens if students needed to be alerted that an intruder or other natural threat was imminent;
These two groups gained valuable programming support from MHJC’s IT Manager Ben Doughney, Mrs Middlemiss and Mr Morrison their mentor teachers. They also worked closely with an engineer, Mikesh Patel from Transpower.
Ngapipi Herewini, Ashley Taimataora, Molly Herbert and Sophie Chen’s project “Walking Danger” involved the development an electronic device to increase safety at pedestrian crossings. The girls used a Raspberry Pi and Pythonprogramming language to develop their prototype and were supported by Brett Willis, an electronics engineer from Fisher and Paykel appliances and mentor teacher from MHJC, Rebecca McGrath.