Pupil rises to the challenge

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Blue Mountain College has won two awards in this year’s Competenz Tool Box Challenge.
Year 11 pupil Tom Hancox designed and built the winning piece of furniture which had to have a curved component and a hidden compartment.
The tool box challenge is a competition set up by Competenz to inspire secondary school pupils to strive for a career in trades.
Tom’s cabinet won best piece of furniture in the tool box challenge and the public vote.
“I was stoked,” Tom said. He had help from his classmates in the design of the cabinet.
“ A few of us thought of it together,” he said.
The cabinet took a term to make, with a quarter of that time going into planning, he said.
The challenge was judged by professionals from the industry.
The public choice award was chosen by online votes.  Blue Mountain College was the smallest school in the challenge. Tom also had to make a 90-second video to go with his entry.
Everyone in the class made a piece of furniture for the challenge, but Tom’s was the one chosen for the national competition.
Every pupil in the class received a drive socket set valued at $214 and Tom also received an iPad for winning public choice. “It’s pretty exciting,” he said.
Blue Mountain woodwork teacher Martin Murrell said the competition was a great way to challenge pupils. “It encourages them to work in the classroom independently.”
Mr Murrell has big plans for the tool box challenge next year.
“Next year we hope to enter the engineering section of the challenge as well.”