Students power into technology challenge

Students from Carinity Education Glendyne are set to compete in Queensland’s biggest Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) race.

The Fraser Coast Technology Challenge will see teams pedal a vehicle through the streets of Maryborough for a 24-hour race from 14-16 September.

HPV events sees groups of school students work to design, build, test and race vehicles within detailed specifications.

Glendyne’s Team Velocity raced for the first time Yeppoon in July and impressed experienced and better-resourced rivals with their enthusiasm, competitiveness and skill in an old vehicle.

“Driving an HPV vehicle requires the use of muscles in very different ways than almost any other sport.  They must also learn the pace and cadence required to keep the vehicle consistently lapping in good times,” team supervisor Jim MacKellar says.

“As Team Velocity’s drivers start to develop the consistency and track craft of the more experienced drivers these characteristics will serve them in great stead.”

In preparation for the upcoming 24-race in Maryborough, Glendyne’s rookie team contested an eight-hour challenge event in Benaraby in August.

“I believe that we have several drivers who have the abilities to become very proficient at this sport. With further vehicle modifications and upgrades, Glendyne hopes the team will one day be in the winners’ circle,” Jim says.

Carinity Education Glendyne Principal Dale Hansen while Team Velocity lacked the resources of bigger schools, its members’ enthusiasm and willingness to learn was steering the team’s improvement.

“We have a somewhat old and antiquated, but still competitive vehicle, but not as good as some big schools with $10,000 super vehicles. However, some of our students are fitter and are looking forward to a good challenge,” Dale says.

“These technology events tie in well with STEM in education, as the students have to do the design, engineering, maintenance, and work on how to reduce weight, drag and friction.

“They also have to work on communication, teamwork, resilience, body mechanics and fitness. The team members are learning that teamwork and collaboration is a winning formula that they can also apply to life outside of school.”

Carinity Education Glendyne’s HPV program will be an all-of-school endeavour next year as the team moves to compete in more events across Queensland.

“Our retail and hospitality students will be involved with fundraising through these service experience opportunities, and those in sport and recreation, science and trade areas will play a part in design, build, health and fitness,” Dale says.

Team Velocity is seeking sponsorship to purchase a better second-hand vehicle, to give them a greater opportunity to finish on the podium. To donate phone Carinity Education Glendyne on 4128 6199.

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