EVolocity aims to inspire children ages 14-18 years old to take an interest in engineering and technology in a fun and innovative way. The project is for team members to build their very own functioning and drivable electric vehicle. An electric bike componentry kit is supplied at cost ($400) and a series of buildcamps are offered during the year to provide guidance to teachers and student team members.
The project can be integrated into the curriculum to highlight key areas such as physics, technology, digital technology involving drag coefficients, electrical wiring, electronics, programming, materials, mechanical engineering, maths and graphic design. The emphasis may be on curriculum delivery or just a fun activity that draws on and supports subject knowledge and skills. As one student remarked last year, “On a scale of 1 to 10 for a fun and challenging activity, this was a 300!” Support from local businesses both practically and financially is welcomed.
The first steps to getting a team going are:
- Team registers interest via this web site
- Team is connected with our regional facilitator to address any questions
- Team officially enters the competition and orders their kit
See some of the teachers involved in the 2014 programme talking about EVolocity here
See video highlights of the 2014 programme here
EVolocity and the Curriculum
EVolocity is specially designed to incorporate multiple areas of the national curriculum. Schools have embedded the project in the Technology Curriculum, Digital Technology Curriculum and Physics, while others have used the project as a club activity to support learning or have fun with green technologies. The EVolocity programme teaches young people many skills in design, materials, fabrication, electrical circuitry, electronics and programming to name a few. It also develops the essential skills and problem solving that are emphasised in education.
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