Develop the next generation of engineers, technology innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate New Zealand’s transition to electric vehicles and clean transportation, and a more sustainable future.
To provide young people with a practical learning programme which stimulates and embraces innovation, inspires them to pursue subjects and careers in STEM, and leads New Zealand towards electric vehicle uptake.
Students Design, Build, Compete
Secondary students design, build and compete in electric vehicles.
School teams build a vehicle (either a bike or with 3+ wheels) powered by a standard 350W electric motor, controller and two 12V gel cells. Innovation is encouraged as students strive to make their vehicle the fastest with the least drag, and able to cope with the demands of a tight street circuit. The Innovation categories encourage teams to build in object detection and mitigation features along with the measurement and display of key performance metrics. 2021 introduces a brand new ‘competition’ category with much more stringent criteria – only four wheeled carts up to 3kW (total power).