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.

Task/Curriculum

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.

Competition details

  • 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.

Prizes:   

  • 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.

Forms

Please contact office@aqa.org.nz, or phone 0800 469 272 if you need any assistance in organising a quarry visit in your area.

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2020 COMPETITION

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.

THE WINNERS

Two schools from the Waikato and Manawatū took away the prizes.

Read all about their entries here.

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2019 COMPETITION 

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.

THE WINNERS

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.

Read all about their entries here.

ABOUT QUARRYING IN NEW ZEALAND

USING AGGREGATE

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.

BUILDING NZ

To build an average house, you need about 250 tonnes of aggregate - for use in concrete, asphalt, mortar and building products.

OUR COMMUNITY

The quarry industry is committed to working alongside local communities and follows stringent planning, environmental and operating conditions.

AFFILIATED ORGANISATIONS