The right angles . . . Oamaru Intermediate School pupils (from left) Olivia Benade (11), Emily Oakes (11) and Olivia Morriss (12) are proud to have competed at the EPro8 grand final in Dunedin last Monday. PHOTO: RUBY HEYWARD

The right girls were chosen for The Right Angles.

Representing Oamaru Intermediate School, pupils Olivia Benade (11), Emily Oakes (11), Olivia Morriss (12), and Hunter McLay (12), of team The Right Angles, qualified for the EPro8 grand final after winning the Otago regional semifinal.

The grand final was held in Dunedin on Monday, and the team placed seventh out of 12 teams.

For each competition, the year 7 and 8 pupils were required to work together to complete an engineering challenge in three hours.

Choosing from four options, they made a lighthouse with an automatic light that turned on and off.

Emily said the final was very exciting, but overwhelming.

“It’s fun to challenge ourselves,” Olivia said.

After participating in the engineering competition for the past five years, it was the first time Oamaru Intermediate School had qualified beyond the regional semifinal, and technology team co-ordinator Monica Genet could not be happier.

“It’s really similar to our school basketball team making it to an interschool event out of town,” Mrs Genet said.

“It’s a really big deal.”

She was particularly proud that it was an all-girls team that qualified.

“They are very smart,” Mrs Genet said.

“They are girls that make me proud of being a girl.”

First place . . . Holding their certificates for winning the EPro8 Otago regional semifinal are (clockwise from top left) Olivia Morriss (12), Hunter McLay (12), Emily Oakes (11) and Olivia Benade (11). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The team members were selected based on their ability to work together and it seemed the right girls had been chosen.

“They are a great supportive bunch,” she said.

Oamaru Intermediate entered four teams, two of which were selected for the regional semifinal during the qualifying heats.

Mrs Genet said the competition was perfect for pupils who enjoyed maths, a challenge, and competition.

“It’s an opportunity for those students who are practical problem solvers,” she said

“There’s not a lot of academic competitions at this level, but that’s what this is.”