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Otonga School wins prize for Musical Garden

Over the last two terms PF Olsen engineer Dan Phillips has been working with the children from Otonga School, planning and building a Musical Garden which includes a freestanding drum kit, a three-sided percussion instrument and a marimba.

The project was part of the national Transpower Neighbourhood Engineer Awards and won $1,500 for the school.  The aim of the awards was to create a greater awareness of the engineering profession and to encourage innovative thinking in the areas of engineering and technology.

The long-term aim of the awards is to excite and inspire more students to study for a career in technology, engineering and science.

Dan helped out at the school on a weekly basis encouraging the childrens' creativity and innovation  "It was rewarding to help students develop skills including research, project management, teamwork, drawing plans and using tools such as a tape measure, level, concrete trail and spade."

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