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

 

Secondary Schools rev it up at Minibike Grand Prix


Secondary Schools rev it up at Minibike Grand Prix

The largest-ever National Secondary Schools Minibike Grand Prix has just wrapped up at Manfeild Autocourse. More than 240 students from 25 schools raced over 250 bikes and sidecars they had built themselves.

Secondary Schools from across the country competed in the Minibike Grand Prix 2012 at Manfeild.

Entrants for the event came from as far afield as Auckland’s Rosmini College and Murchison Area School in the South Island.

Feilding High School, with the largest team of 75 riders, was awarded the Championship Shield for top large school, followed by Hawkes Bay & Tairawhiti EIT Trades Academy, and Gisborne’s Lytton High School. Wanganui Collegiate picked up the Championship Shield for top small school, then Wanganui City College and Taupo Nui A Tia College respectively.

“The bikes might be pint-sized,” says Roger Emmerson, Head of Engineering at Feilding High School and a key event organiser. “But the Grand Prix has all the action and excitement of real motor sport. There’s a huge vibe at the event, with all the schools challenging one another.”

“It takes most of the school year for students to build their own motorbike,” he adds. “And blood, sweat and determination to keep them running.”

The Grand Prix is the culmination of a senior secondary students’ technology and engineering project work, where students actually build the bikes they will race – a project that aligns with the new Manufacturing and Technology vocational pathway.

“By building the minibikes students gain practical hands-on skills like welding. This can help them progress into a trade when they leave school,” says Competenz Trades General Manager, Fiona Kingsford. “They actually gain unit standards towards the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Technology Level 2. The Competenz Tools4Work programme in schools means these credits are transferrable to a Competenz-managed apprenticeship.” To help with building the bike students can download a 3D minibike model from tools4work.co.nz for free.

“The students are so passionate about building the bikes they will work on them in their own time,” says Mr Emmerson. “They all love the Grand Prix. Next year we’ll have a new and bigger class of minibike: the 70cc four-stroke engine.”

-ends-

Background
Competenz is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the Engineering, Manufacturing, Baking, and Food and Beverage Manufacturing industries. Through its network of offices, Competenz looks after the needs of nearly 2,000 businesses, helping 12,000 people develop their skills on the job each year.
The minibike project gains students unit standards towards the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Technology (Level 2). Tools4Work’s association to Competenz means these credits are transferrable to a Competenz-managed apprenticeship.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Case For Nationalising Our Urban Bus Services


When it comes to funding and managing public transport, should local government or central government bear most of the responsibility for delivering a quality service? Ratepayers or taxpayers? Those basic questions re-surfaced yesterday, after the government announced its intention to scrap the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) imposed by the last National government in 2013. That model had required councils to use private contractors to run the buses, via a cut-throat competitive tendering process...
More>>




 
 

Privacy Commissioner: Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics
Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>



Transport & Infrastructure: Have Your Say On The Future Of Inter-regional Passenger Rail In New Zealand

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail... More>>



Government: Creating Sustainable Public Transport For All
Workers and public transport users are at the heart of the new Sustainable Public Transport Framework, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>

Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>


National: NZ Migrant Arrivals Hit Lowest Mark Since 1990s
Today’s net migration figures show that Labour has failed to deliver the desperately needed skilled migrants they promised, meaning labour shortages will persist into the future, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels