Our young inventors are right on track
THE world of motor vehicles could become brighter in Rockhampton with a team of talented students toiling away after school each week to build their own innovative human-powered cars.
Emmaus College students have been dedicating two hours a week on the project since February and last weekend put their work to the test at the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge.
The event aims to showcase various technology subjects taught at schools, including robotics, human-powered vehicles, Co2 dragsters, solar boats and more.
It’s the third year the Rockhampton school has entered human-powered vehicles into the challenge.
The team has also competed in events locally throughout the year, including at the Benaraby Raceway and Challenge the Mountain.
Senior student Caleb Parish said it was a great opportunity to socialise with other teams from across Queensland.
“Everything was good about it, I felt involved,” he said. “There was always something to do.
“It was interesting to see how the HPVs were built and how they performed.”
For Jakeb Weber, meeting other students and the spirit of the competition was also a highlight.
The Emmaus Rockwheelers team was third in the school-built open boys category, with the fastest lap on track at two minutes and 19 seconds.
This was just three seconds off the track record.
Industrial technology and design teacher Peter Jensen said this success was only possible with the dedication of the students.
“We started building and upgrading the vehicles in February this year, with students coming in for two hours after school each week,” he said.
“The time and energy has definitely paid off for the students, as they won the innovation category with our Front Runners’ front wheel system and this same vehicle won second place in the school-built open mixed category.”
ZOOM ZOOM: Emmaus College Students from the Front Runners and Rockwheelers teams at the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge.