Friday, 3 November 2017


We welcome 5 new students to this group.  This term we have been having fun with flight.  The children have created parachutes and tested them from the atrium balcony. 
Aiming for a target on the floor below

We have also battled the wind with our rockets. 
Working together to launch the rockets

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Evolocity Challenge 2017

I am so pleased that two of our students have taken up the challenge to compete in the Evolocity Challenge. Last weekend, Ruby McCallum and Elise Mason were excited to be part of the regional evolocity competition held at the A&P Grounds in Christchurch.  

Year 11 students, Elise and Ruby have been working with the evolocity support team throughout the year to construct and fit an electric motor to a vehicle.  Their chosen vehicle was an upcycled bicycle.  Ruby and Elise’s vehicle supports sustainability as most of their project was from recycled parts.  It was easily manoeuvrable, semi-fast and takes up little storage space.  Throughout this process, the girls have learnt a lot about electric engines and working collaboratively. They have also had opportunities to extend their engineering and technology through welding classes and building a system to control their vehicle.
In the Bike Section:
1st in the Drag Race with a speed of around 27 km/hr
2nd fastest in both the Bike and Cart Categories
2nd best in the stopping distance and deceleration challenge
3rd in the Slalom Challenge

Already the girls are talking about next year and what they want to achieve.   They are keen for more St Margaret’s College girls to be involved in this programme.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Evolocity Challenge please speak with Elise or Ruby or get in touch with Ms Chong.

The next challenge will be to participate in the national challenge on Saturday 2 December at the Christchurch A&P Grounds as part of the “Electric Wheels Festival where you can experience a range of electric vehicles - cars, bikes and grass karts.  Come along and support this awesome pair.  

Saturday, 30 September 2017

iOS 11 provides additional features for iPad users

Visit the following link for more detailed information.  I particularly am excited by the augmented reality and screen recording options!

Shed of the Year 2017

Designing and providing children with opportunities is something that Steve Davis from "Unlimbited" is doing voluntarily.  Steve has created a design and shared this so that many children of the world can benefit from a 3D printed prosthetic arm at a low cost. 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Senior Design and Artwork

The addition of the Universal Laser Cutter in the Centre for Innovation has provided our senior students with a chance to work with a greater range of materials as they begin to finalise their portfolios.  Students studying in the design and DVC, visual art and digital technology areas have been regularly accessing this machine to enhance their prototype and modelling skills.

Not only are these senior students utilising and developing their skills in laser cutting but the 3D printers have also been busy supporting some IB Artwork.  

“These different models of heads represent the different reactions people have towards stress and control over one’s emotions” Nicolette Oosterhuis.  Her inspiration has come from the artist Nick Van Woert.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Techsperts Term 4

We are offering Techsperts for Term 4.  This programme is offered again for the first 6 weeks of Term 4.  We invite parents to consider signing up their children to this programme.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Robocup Success

Congratulations to our teams who have competed in Robocup at Regional and National levels this year.
Holly, Hattie, Caitlyn, Mia

The STEMinist team which consisted of Holly Macdonald, Hattie Compton-Moen, and Mia Wright performed strongly in both competitions.  Their skills in working as a team have been strong all year and they achieved highly for their interview as well as in their performance.

The setting for their performance was a game show where 'male' is pitched against 'female'.  Each competitor is challenged to complete a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) activities and male struggles to complete these. When female attempts the challenges she performs strongly, but there is a point where 'male' and 'female' realise that together they can achieve better results as a team.

Congratulations STEMinist for achieving:
1st in Senior Theatre at the Regional Competition
2nd in Senior Theatre at Nationals in Dunedin

Caitlyn Wickham competed under the team name of "Element" in the Senior Search and Rescue section.  This year, Caitlyn stepped up from the juniors into the seniors and the challenges became more difficult.  She had to prepare her robot to manoeuver over judder bars, a ramp and around an obstacle for five different courses.

Congratulations Element for achieving:
1st in Senior Search and Rescue at the Regional Competition
2nd in Senior Search and Rescue at Nationals in Dunedin

A junior team of Mia Fraser, Gemma Armstrong-Scott and Tessa Sitjes called themselves "Siriusly Potter" also competed in the Junior Theatre section at Regionals. Competitors act, dance and perform alongside their robots to tell a story along with their compiled musical track. Their performance was based around the story of Harry Potter involving a battle between Harry and Voldermort. This was an amazing experience for the girls, and already they are gearing up for next years competition.
Gemma, Tessa, Mia performing at the Regional competition.