Our schools programme, run by Les Black with support from regional facilitators, engages teams of students in designing and building an electric vehicle using an electric motor componentry kit which we supply. Check out this video summarising the 2016 Waikato regional finals. See some photos from the 2016 Waikato regional finals here.
We endeavour to supply the first kit at no cost to participating schools through sponsorship funding raised by us. Additional kits are available at a cost of $400 + GST per kit.
The 2016 competition flyer can be downloaded here and will give you an idea of the challenges involved. Challenge categories include:
- Head to head drag race
- Street circuit
- Economy run
- Rolling resistance
- Motor controller
- Innovation: What innovative technologies can teams demonstrate that are relevant to electric vehicles?
- Show. Points are awarded for:
- Body design & bling
- Team presentation (uniforms, costumes)
- Use of recycled materials in their build
- Reporting: The story of the project and links to sustainability.
- Community awareness
- Inform your local community about your project; the benefits of electric vehicles; and the end of year events.
The year commences with a launch event in each region, typically held at a tertiary institute. Teams and teachers are briefed on the year’s programme, key dates & deliverables, and receive some tutoring relevant to the initial stages of their project.
During the year a series of weekend Build Camps are held. Typically these are either at the workshops of a tertiary partner, or at the workshops of well-equipped schools. Teams receive tutoring from tertiary tutors, the EVolocity leadership team and regional facilitators, along with mentoring from volunteers from the engineering community.
In the final Build Camp of the year, vehicles are scrutineered for safety purposes, and each team receives a written checklist of fixes required. The vehicles are scrutineered again before being allowed to participate in the regional finals events.
Regional finals events are held in late September/early October. Winning teams in the regional finals are invited to the national finals event in Christchurch, which takes place at the end of November.
Each team is assigned a mentor from the engineering community and it is between the team and the mentor as to how much guidance they receive during the year. Teams are also encouraged to reach out to businesses in their local communities for sponsorship.