Our young in­ven­tors are right on track

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ZOOM ZOOM: Em­maus Col­lege Stu­dents from the Front Run­ners and Rock­wheel­ers teams at the Fraser Coast Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge.

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