The annual New Zealand Engineering Science competition is a problem-solving event for teams of senior secondary students organised by the University of Auckland's Department of Engineering Science, and sponsored by Orion Health and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. This fun and challenging competition is for teams of three or four Year 12 or 13 students who are interested in Mathematics and Science.
Avondale College entered 11 teams who spent eight hours on 1 August 2020 solving the following open-ended engineering problem in school:
How many satellites can be launched into orbit before astronomers on earth can no longer observe the night sky without interruption?
The event was a success. Each team worked diligently to produce their solution to the problem in the form of a written report. All of them enjoyed the challenge, with most indicating that they would like to do it again next year.
- Dr S Hoh