AGGREGATE & QUARRY ASSOCIATION
Rock our Future Competition
ROCK OUR FUTURE COMPETITION 2021
Students are to write an essay describing their experiences at a quarry and what they learned.
Students are encouraged to visit a local quarry and write an essay of no more than 500 words describing their experience at the quarry and what they learnt during the visit.
Win money for your school with this exciting project for Years 5-8. Link it to your Technology and/or Science learning.
- Essays need to be completed by the end of Term Two, Friday 9 July 2021. Please complete the attached Entry Form for each participant and return it with a copy of their essay to the email address on the form. Finalists will be contacted about judging.
- Judging will take place in July/August with winners announced in September 2021.
- 4 x prizes of $1,000 for each winning school
- 4 x prizes of $100 for each of the winning entries
You can view more details about the competition here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0800 469 272 if you need any assistance in organising a quarry visit in your area.
Students are to design a final use for a quarry that has finished extracting rock.
The brief was: You have been hired by a quarrying company called Big Rock Solutions. The company has completed extracting rock from its quarry and now wants to turn the quarry into an asset for the community. They want the land to be useful, and whatever it is turned into to be sustainable, environmentally sensitive and add value to the local community. Neighbours and others in the community need to be considered in whatever final use is designed for the site.
Two schools from the Waikato and Manawatū took away the prizes.
The brief was: students had been hired by a quarrying company currently exploring the problem of what to do when energy produced by diesel and coal (both non-sustainable energy sources) runs out. The students were to design a solution for the production of aggregate, including crushing plant, and mobile vehicles such as loaders, excavators etc. for the 21st Century.
Two groups of boys from Fitzroy School in New Plymouth have taken out the prizes and were awarded by CEO Wayne Scott and MP Jonathan Young on Friday Oct 25th.
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ABOUT QUARRYING IN NEW ZEALAND
Aggregates are the most consumed bulk product in the world after water. New Zealand uses 9-10 tonnes of aggregate every year for each adult and child.
To build an average house, you need about 250 tonnes of aggregate - for use in concrete, asphalt, mortar and building products.
The quarry industry is committed to working alongside local communities and follows stringent planning, environmental and operating conditions.