Build-Ability Toolbox Talk

It’s now the end of week 9 of the Build-Ability Challenge as schools finish Term 2 and begin the long-awaited school holidays. Great progress is being made on the themed playhouses. Well done to the schools who have started building!

Here are some things for Challenge students have a think about during the school holidays.

Build-Ability LogoWorking through the holidays

BCITO has no problem with schools working on their projects during the holidays. It’s up to each Challenge team to decide whether to continue the build during the school holidays. Hey – it’s two weeks of the Challenge timeframe so why not go for it if your school allows?

Blogging during the holidays

Challenge rules state that there should be at least 1 blog post per week of the Challenge. If a school does not work on their project during the holidays a suggestion would be to pick up the two blog posts when they return to school. A content suggestion could be a blog regarding Health & Safety and why not give your sponsors a plug?

Blogging tips

It’s important to remember that the blog is a record of your work and is an important piece of evidence which will be viewed by the national judging panel. It’s the responsibility of the school and their representative to ensure material published at is safe, legal and favourable to the school’s public image. This extends to keeping log-in details secure and private. BCITO accepts no responsibility for any material published under a school blog account. Please check your school’s internet and social media policy.

Hot Blog Tip 1: Use spelling and grammar checking – write your blog in Word before pasting it into the blog, this way you can ensure you’ve checked it for spelling and grammar.

Hot Blog Tip 2: Videos – those schools who have been doing video blogs are gaining lots of interest, for those creating videos remember to place an image as a feature as well as your video. Then a thumbnail of your video will appear on your blog post. Don’t forget there’s a Go Pro camera up for grabs for the school with the Best Video Blog.

Rules & Guidelines

Just a reminder - to be eligible for the competition your playhouse must meet these criteria:

  • Be transportable - it must fit in the back of a ute or trailer (1.8m x 2.2m)
  • Be no taller than 1 storey (being a floor level of up to 1 metre above the supporting ground and height of up to 3.5 metres above the floor level)
  • Overall structure must not exceed 5 square metres
  • It must have a distinctive theme – think pirates, castles, culture…
  • Must be safe (no sharp edges or proud nails/screws), durable (able to stay outside) and fit for purpose (suitable in size for a pre-schooler)
  • Must be correctly finished and painted to a high standard using correct preparation and painting techniques
  • Must show a clear element of creativity and fun.
Key dates

19 June – Builds must be started
14 August - Project must be complete - last blog entry can be submitted
14 August - Online voting opens for People’s Choice Award
17 - 21 August - Building projects inspected onsite
4 September - Online voting closes for People’s Choice Award
7 September - All Build-Ability Challenge winners announced

  • The supreme winning school team will be awarded a $1,000 voucher for their schools technology department and individual prize packs for each of the team members and the ‘supreme winner’ trophy.
  • People’s Choice Award – Winners will be awarded a ‘Team Shout’ (to the value of $300) and their school will get a framed certificate to display in pride of place
  • The ‘Best Video Entry’ winners will receive a ‘GoPro Camera’ for their school
  • Best decorated playhouse will received $1,000 worth of painting and decorating materials from Dulux New Zealand
  • All participants in the Build-Ability Challenge will receive a ‘Certificate of Participation’.

Check out all the Build-Ability Challenge Blogs

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