Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


School-Built Electric Vehicles Battle It Out

School-Built Electric Vehicles Battle It Out on Unitec Course at Evolocity Regional Finals

11, October 2017 — Electric bikes and multi-wheel vehicles will be in action at the EVolocity Auckland regional finals hosted by Unitec Institute of Technology on Saturday, October 14.

EVolocity aims to grow enrolments into tertiary STEM studies and trades training, while fostering awareness of more sustainable lifestyles by running an electric vehicle project-based learning programme for young people and communities. The pilot programme launched in Canterbury in 2014 and has grown to become a nationwide event over the past three years.

Participants gain knowledge, skills and passion in the areas of design, engineering and electronics, preparing them for 21st century careers and empowering them to help create a more sustainable future through clean transportation.

Brent Bielby, EVolocity facilitator for Auckland, said: “Students who have participated in EVolocity projects have not only developed an interest in mechanical and electrical engineering, but have also learnt how rewarding it can be to participate in and contribute to a practical project.”

Teams of high school students are given a 300-watt electric motor kit and batteries to build their vehicles. They attend a series of build camps over several months where tutorials are delivered and the vehicle design and controls are reviewed and tested. Tutorials include training in CAD software, structural and aerodynamic considerations, fabrication, welding, power electronics and performance testing.

Around 60 Auckland students from 5 different schools will take part in the Auckland regional finals on Saturday, competing in categories including drag race, street circuit and rolling resistance. They will compete on a course around Mataaho, Unitec’s new trades training facility. Entries are judged on their performance, innovation, design and community awareness.

Melanie Ooi, Head of Practice Pathway, Engineering at Unitec, said: “EVolocity attracts sharp, motivated students who are exactly the type of person we want to study at Unitec. Many of the students who have been involved in this competition in the past have gone on to study either engineering or vehicle systems.”

“Multidisciplinary events like this help to change the perception of trades by demonstrating the highly technical skillset and critical thinking that’s needed for a successful trades career.”

“We’re delighted to be hosting the regional finals of EVolocity and showcasing our new state-of-the-art trades training facility, Mataaho”.

The winning teams will go forward to the national finals being held in Christchurch at the end of November.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>