The University of Newcastle, Australia

Racing for science engagement

Friday, 16 August 2013

Racing for science engagement

Electric Bike

Thirty school teams will compete in a one hour electric vehicle endurance race at Cameron Park Kart Raceway this Sunday as part of National Science Week. The event is Australia's largest electric bike grand prix and will drive innovation in design and regional skills development.

An annual Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment initiative, the 'Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival Prize Day' is in its third year. School groups and open teams design and build entries for the highly competitive single seat division, or the dual seat and demonstration divisions that push design and technology to the limit. Entries span from simple low cost vehicles such as electric bicycles to high end performance superbikes and open wheeler racers.

"There are 20 schools from all around the Hunter competing, some with more than one team, making a total of 30 teams competing on Sunday," said Danielle Lloyd-Prichard, organiser of the Electric Vehicle Prize event.

"The Electric Vehicle Prize is growing into a high profile event with foundations in the community and building relationships throughout the Hunter and NSW. This year also sees our first interstate team registered for the Prize, with Coulomb Motorsport coming all the way from Western Australia to compete," said Ms Lloyd-Prichard.

The prize rules lay an excellent foundation to engage young people in science, engineering and technical trades as well as project management and entrepreneurship. Teams are deliberately placed within the same pit area so that school, University, TAFE and private teams can be inspired by each other.The event is open to the public and free to attend. The event will be held from 9am to 5.00pm Sunday 18 August at the Newcastle Kart Racing Club Mount Sugarloaf Kart Raceway Cameron Park. 

For more information about the Electric Vehicle Prize, visit Hunter Festival

  • Sheena Martin
  • Phone: +612 4921 8714

Related news