Stu­dent build­ing his own elec­tric bike

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

The days of school stu­dents bat­tling head­winds and hills on their trusty old bike, are num­bered.

For­est View High School stu­dent Cain Mor­gan is one of more than 100 Waikato school stu­dents who are build­ing their very own elec­tric ve­hi­cles as part of the Evoloc­ity Waikato com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion will see a re­gional race-off later this month be­fore the na­tional fi­nals in De­cem­ber.

Stu­dents have the op­tion of build­ing ei­ther four or two-wheel elec­tric ve­hi­cles us­ing the elec­tric mo­tor kits provided.

Cain is the only Toko­roa stu­dent tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion and said the ex­pe­ri­ence so far has been ex­cit­ing.

‘‘The amount of peo­ple us­ing elec­tric bikes in the South Waikato has picked up a lot over the last cou­ple of years but they can be quite ex­pen­sive to buy,’’ he said.

‘‘The idea of this is that you can do it your­self which is a lot cheaper and my de­sign means that any­one should be able to put a mo­tor onto their bike.’’

The 15-year-old said the ad­van­tages of elec­tric bikes were easy to see.

‘‘I go moun­tain bik­ing ev­ery week but by us­ing an elec­tric bike it makes it a lot eas­ier than just ped­al­ing be­cause the mo­tor does the hard work for you,’’ he said.

He’s build­ing his bike with help from teacher Shri Menon and said it’s been re­ward­ing learn­ing how to use dif­fer­ent tools and ma­chines along the way.

‘‘What we have done is we have made some brack­ets to put the mo­tor on and also some [hold­ers] on the back to hold the bat­ter­ies,’’ he said.

Menon said while Cain isn’t gain­ing cred­its for the project, next year stu­dents will be able to.

He said the pro­gramme will al­low var­i­ous sub­ject ar­eas to come to­gether to bet­ter re­flect the real world.

‘‘We will have de­sign and vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion, dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, con­struc­tion and me­chan­i­cal tech­nolo­gies, and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing all in­volved so it won’t just be about one sub­ject area,’’ he said.

‘‘This year we are just tri­alling the con­cept but we are all ready to go next year. Fi­nally we will be able to of­fer what our stu­dents of to­day need.’’

The re­gional fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion will take place at Kart­sport in Hamil­ton on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16 from 9am.

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