Christ Church Grammar students to compete at the 2018 EV Challenge in Wundowie

Year 11 Christ Church Grammar students Ben Lane, Mitchel Rocchi and Callum Koh are part of a 10-student team building and racing their own electric vehicles at the 2018 EV Challenge at the end of this month. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d487742a
Year 11 Christ Church Grammar students Ben Lane, Mitchel Rocchi and Callum Koh are part of a 10-student team building and racing their own electric vehicles at the 2018 EV Challenge at the end of this month. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d487742a

A GROUP of 10 Year 11 Christ Church Grammar students have put their science and maths skills to the test and constructed electronic vehicles to race at this year’s EV Challenge.

The competition will involve 42 entrants – mainly Perth high school students – who will design, build and race a small single seat electric vehicle.

Year 11 student Mitchel Rocchi, who has spent time welding metals for the construction of his school’s electric vehicles, said the design process took two weeks.

“It took two weeks to figure out angles, correct lengths, making sure the EV fits the mould and the driver’s seat,” he said.

The students will have three of their vehicles race in Class B of the challenge.

EV Challenge mentor and Christ Church Grammar Design and Technology teacher Alec Barbour said student drivers would aim to travel the furthest in an hour on October 27 at the Hurricane Go Kart Club in Wundowie.

He said students had won the challenge four times before and hoped to secure another win.

“It’s not a speed endurance event but instead it’s about maintaining power in battery and making sure it’s used efficiently,” he said.

Mr Barbour said the competition was a co-curricular activity students would participate in on Friday afternoons, throughout the school year.

The challenge is part of Science Technology Engineering and Maths education competitions.

Admission is free. For information go to https://bit.ly/2yIg0OA.