Hāwea Flat School enjoyed a major win at the National Finals of the Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge, held in Wellington’s TSB Arena. Over 6500 students participated in the challenge, where small teams of three to four students find a problem in their local school or community and use digital technologies to solve it.
At the Discovery level (years 0-5), Hāwea Flat School's Team Happy Hāwea took out the title by mere split seconds, completing a set of challenges in the fastest time. The team had practiced every day for the past month with the help of their classmates. IT Professionals New Zealand CEO Paul Matthews said that “Regional and Rural New Zealand were the winners this year.”
The prize for winning was $1000 for the kids to share, and $1000 for the school, which teacher Kate Bodger says will being going towards an electronic garden sensor to monitor soil temperature, moisture and light: "We are hoping to use this data to grow even bigger giant pumpkins than last year.” The kids were most excited about the Air New Zealand pilot announcing their win on the flight into Queenstown, creating huge applause around the plane. Teammate Axel Worthington said the competition was “really fun and quite hard” and Bonnie Raynes agreed, saying: “I feel really proud. I had to do lots of training.” Congratulations to the team of tech-whizzes for all their hard work and achievement.