Evolocity Regional Final

On Sunday 6th November our MHS Evolocity Team took place in the Auckland Regional Finals at the RNZAF base in Whenuapai.

The Team on the day consisted of competitors: Kiran Whyte, Ryan Fairweather, Simon Merilgildo, Sam Ogilvy, with Mr Chris Thompson, Mr Nick Hackett, and Angela Whyte as part of the MHS support Team on the day. During the year, Sam Anderton, Dylan Douglas, and Luca Kennedy were part of the group.  

The riders had two bikes entered, The Massey Rocket and Massey Gravity Echo, in the standard 350W class. Various races occurred, a drag race, obstacle course, gymkhana, and the endurance race.    

We are pleased to say we won the endurance competition and had great fun competing in the other areas. 

In general, the school teams build a vehicle (either a bike or with 3+ wheels) powered by a standard 350W electric motor, a 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.  

Our regional finals are a fun day of competition where teams parade their designs and then test them in competition against their peers from other schools. While student interest is around the Performance and Innovation sections other team members have responsibility for Show, Reporting and the EV Awards (video and social media) enjoy showing their creativity and time in the spotlight. Good performances are rewarded with an excellent array of prizes from the generous sponsors. 

The learning for the students is exceptional. A real world, authentic Technology project, the skills students use include working in a group, collaboration, identifying strengths, active listening, negotiation skills and being supportive of others. It develops leadership and organisational abilities. 

We were all grateful for the skills and insights that Mr Thompson at MHS provided for the year and look forward to 2023 when many members of our group will be in Year 12 and have welding skills and other knowledge to contribute. 

N Hackett



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