Comet Bay de­liv­ers elec­tric re­sult

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

Teach­ers from Comet Bay College, dubbed the “Comet Bay Old Farts”, were crowned the over­all cham­pi­ons at Aus­tralia’s long­est run­ning elec­tric mo­tor­sports event.

The eV Chal­lenge asks teams to de­sign, build, test and com­pete with a small sin­gle-seat elec­tric ve­hi­cle.

The aim of the chal­lenge is to com­plete as many laps of a track in one hour from a limited bat­tery ca­pac­ity.

The 17th edi­tion of the chal­lenge, sponsored in 2017 by WA power util­ity Syn­ergy, was held at the Hur­ri­cane Go Kart Club.

Comet Bay’s team — made up of stu­dents rang­ing from Year 8 to 12 and teach­ers from the de­sign and tech­nol­ogy de­part­ment — raced in all three cat­e­gories — Class A, Class B, and Class C (open class).

In Class A, Comet Bay College fin­ished fifth, with Melville Se­nior High School tak­ing the top spot.

Comet Bay was in the lead un­til a loose bolt re­sulted in their ve­hi­cle, Ben­der, hav­ing to be re­turned to the pits for repair.

In Class B, Comet Bay College fin­ished in sixth place, with Christchurch Gram­mar fin­ish­ing first.

In Class C, Sir Jackie, driven by Comet Bay teach­ers Clay Wool­cock and Den­nis Niven, not only won Class C, the team was also crowned over­all cham­pi­ons — com­plet­ing 46 laps of a 750m cir­cuit track.

Comet Bay eV Chal­lenge co­or­di­na­tor and WA chal­lenge pres­i­dent Clay Wool­cock said stu­dents from Comet Bay spent about four hours a week af­ter school to de­sign and build the cars.

“We’ve got a 50-50 mix of girls and boys, with the youngest from Year 8,” he said.

“A lot of the engi­neer­ing con­cepts learnt in science and aero­dy­nam­ics are ap­plied to the de­sign and build. There are a lot of schools out there look­ing for STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, and math­e­mat­ics) projects — this is a re­ally good one to get in­volved with.”

Pic­ture: Claire Hunt

Comet Bay College student Chloe Delacy, 14, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy dean Morgan Hill, student Calvin Hav­ili, 15, eV co-or­di­na­tor Clay Wool­cock, pupil Lina Buck­ing­ham, driver and de­sign tech teacher De­nis Niven, student Sinead Collins, 14, and de­sign tech...

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