Taupo¯ stu­dents pow­er­ing to na­tion­als

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TA­MARA THORN

Groups of Year 12 and 13 stu­dents from Tauhara Col­lege and Taupo¯ nui-a-Tia Col­lege put months of hard work on the line last week­end, to com­pete in the EVoloc­ity Waikato re­gional fi­nal in Hamil­ton.

The event, at Kart­sport south of Hamil­ton, saw dozens of stu­dent-de­signed elec­tric ve­hi­cles go head-to-head in a series of com­pe­ti­tions.

Tauhara Col­lege’s en­try is a Su­per­bike, built by six stu­dents un­der the guid­ance of their engi­neer­ing teacher John Sul­li­van.

‘‘The stu­dents got a real buzz out of the project,’’ said Sul­li­van.

‘‘They spent their lunch breaks and af­ter school to­gether, build­ing an elec­tric ve­hi­cle. It be­gan as an idea and has evolved into a three-di­men­sional elec­tric bike which goes, and that’s pretty cool.’’

Last year Tauhara Col­lege won the re­gional cat­e­gory for their Burt Mon­roe In­dian-in­spired elec­tric-pow­ered bike.

Sul­li­van said ’’this year’s bike has been de­vel­oped to have a higher cen­tre of grav­ity and more ma­noeu­vre­abil­ity, which was some­thing lack­ing last year, and test­ing shows it is go­ing at 34 km per hour, and it will go faster.’’

EVoloc­ity is a pro­gramme which aims to en­cour­age and in­spire high school stu­dents to take an in­ter­est in engi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy in a fun, in­no­va­tive way.

There are two cat­e­gories in the EVoloc­ity pro­gramme, twowheeled elec­tric ve­hi­cles and an elec­tric ve­hi­cle with three or more wheels.

Taupo¯ -nui-a-Tia’s team of three year 13 boys en­tered a three wheel bike, mak­ing sev­eral drafts and a com­plete re­build be­fore be­ing happy with the fi­nal prod­uct.

The team said if you aren’t mak­ing mis­takes you aren’t learn­ing, and that is what they en­joyed.

Both teams were made up of dif­fer­ent strengths and spe­cial­is­ing in dif­fer­ent ar­eas which play to their ad­van­tages.

Tauhara Col­lege took home best Slalom/street cir­cuit, best rolling re­sis­tance, best com­mu­nity aware­ness [face­book likes], best cus­tom con­troller [Best Bike], best data col­lec­tion and In­no­va­tion.

Taupo¯ -nui-a-Tia Col­lege came first in the drag race, rolling re­sis­tance and street cir­cuit.

These re­sults will see both schools go­ing to the Christchurch Na­tion­als in the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber.

TA­MARA THORN/STUFF

Matthew Dean [18] and Jack Pol [18] with their EVolovity bike which was raced last week­end.

TA­MARA THORN/STUFF

Tauhara Stu­dents are pow­er­ing towards re­gional Evoloc­ity fi­nals.

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