Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Surprise win for Waikato student boat builders

Surprise win for Waikato student boat builders


The banks of Oranga Lake at the University of Waikato were teeming with onlookers last week, as over 30 student-built model boats battled it out as part of the annual University of Waikato Engineering Design Challenge.

Each year, convenor of the Foundations of Engineering paper Dr Rob Torrens organises the boat building project for all first year engineering students, who test their designs in a series of elimination races across the campus lake. The fan-propelled boats complete races around a course which test their manoeuvrability and whether they could last the day.

Team Argentina won the final battle, which came as a surprise for first-year engineering students Sukhjit Pal Singh, Matthew Gerbich, Hamish Nicoll and Campbell Wray. Also in the team but absent on the day were Miriam Aitken, Pritpal Chahal and Ben Thornton.

“The building of the boat throughout the semester was relatively straightforward. But on the day, when the pressure was on, our boat started to fall apart,” says Hamish.

The team had issues with the batteries used to power the boat and had to make several changes to get the boat through the preliminary rounds and into the final race.

“In the end, it all came down to today and how well our team reacted to the challenges of fixing the Successful event Organiser Dr Rob Torrens said he was pleased with how the event went: “Good weather, some competitive boats and only one capsizing,” says Dr Torrens.

The race has been held, in some form or another, for about 12 years and has become a staple event on the calendar of Waikato engineering students.


The competition also allows for more senior students to share their own experiences and try out their team management skills. During the paper, fourth-year engineering students act as syndicate managers for the teams, as part of a project management paper. Students Frikkie Fleming and Riaan Erasmus were the winning team’s leaders.

It has also long been a tradition for staff to build their own boat, which is raced during the event against other student boats.

“I’d like to acknowledge the support of Mighty River Power, Waikato Student Union and the University of Waikato grounds staff in helping make it an enjoyable day,” says Dr Torrens.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog