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Student stories - Academic

Students nab $2,000 prize in national engineering competition

Four students from ACG Parnell have been named runners up in NZ’s Next Top Engineering Scientist – a national problem-solving challenge run by the University of Auckland’s Department of Engineering Science.

Year 13 students Arnav Shetty, Angus Berrington, Raghav Ramachandran and Daniel Jeng won $2,000 in the hotly contested competition, which sees up to 800 students enter every year. Physics teacher and Curriculum Coordinator for Senior Science Tristan O’Hanlon, who supported their entry, receives $200.
“The team went into the competition with a clear focus and defined roles,” Mr O’Hanlon said. “They all had their strengths including mathematical modelling, solid physics knowledge and programming. They practised questions together as a team and this preparation paid off.”

Students had nine hours to nut out a ten-page response to this year’s question, “How many rocket launches from Mahia Peninsula would it take to establish a lunar colony?”, putting their mathematics, computer programming, creativity, research, team work and logical thinking to the test.

Photo: Clockwise from top left Raghav Ramachandran, Arnav Shetty, Angus Berrington, Daniel Jeng