Start of the economic race. Photo / Supplied
It was a busy day in Rotorua for teams across the Bay of Plenty earlier this month who gathered to showcase the EVs they had spent the year designing.
Thirteen teams, comprising 53 students from six schools and organizations, participated in five events.
All the teams started with an economical race, aiming to drive energy efficiently in order to go as far as possible with limited power.
Then the teams split up to rotate through an drag race (fastest wins), a gymkhana and an obstacle course which tested their speed and maneuverability; and finally, a presentation where the teams explained their design process and their learning journey to an industry judge.
The teams’ journey began in March with an introduction to the event and a workshop to start planning their vehicle.
Throughout the year, construction days were held at the campus of the Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua and at Rotorua Lakes High School.
The teams brought their equipment and built their vehicles under the supervision of engineering mentors, who provided invaluable insight into design issues, including the development of appropriate steering and engine mounts.
The Covid alert level restrictions meant teams had to be creative to complete their vehicles, and it is a testament from their teachers, whÄnau and coaches that the 13 teams made it to the start line as of many other teams across New Zealand did not. to their events.
For most of the teams present, this was their first year of involvement and the average age was 13.
There were a whole host of technical issues that day, but support from the judges stepped in quickly to ensure all teams were able to compete.
The final regional event was held with the support of Rotorua Lakes Council, Evolocity New Zealand and local judges from Vortex, Dobbie, Patchells, Rotorua Lakes Council, Toi-Ohomai and other local engineers.
The final results
General standard kart
1st Shocking Blundell, John Paul College
2nd Rubbish Racers, John Paul College
3rd The Ute, from Omanu school
General standard bike
1st MD Engineering, from Mt Maunganui College
2nd When a man loves a wood, from Papamoa College
Best in Show Award
1st When a man loves a wood, from Papamoa College