Teaching the Engineering Process: from Concept to Completion
Our goal is to give students the chance to learn and experience the engineering process. Below are the components of the engineering process that our participants experience while participating in EVolocity:
What skills do we need on our team? What will the roles & responsibilities be for each team member?
Knowing what the year-end challenges are, and thinking about the resources we have access to (or may have access to if we did some fundraising), what might our vehicle look like?
Students receive basic training with SOLIDWORKS CAD software. At the first Build Camp, each team presents their designs and receives feedback from tertiary tutors and engineering mentors.
Structural considerations; aerodynamic considerations; materials selection; fabrication; welding
Installing the electric motor; connecting it to the motor controller and battery.
Receiving tutorials on how the motor controller works; learning how to programme the motor controller to achieve the desired outcome; building and testing their own motor controllers.
Bringing all of the components of their vehicle together; testing performance; refining; considering overall aesthetics.
Develop a video on the story of their build. Narrative to include team views on the benefits of electric vehicles, with a particular focus on sustainability.
Share their story, their progress, their learnings with their community via social media, PR, participation in community events, etc.
Compete against other teams in regional finals events. Winning teams move on to the national finals.