High school students designing people-powered vehicles

Lachlan Prestage, Owen Green, Carl Albrecht, Ryan Novotny, Mark Wiggins, Sam Taylor and Jason Bentley with a human powerd car at Tweed River High school.
Lachlan Prestage, Owen Green, Carl Albrecht, Ryan Novotny, Mark Wiggins, Sam Taylor and Jason Bentley with a human powerd car at Tweed River High school. John Gass

A HUMAN powered vehicle is closer to completion at Tweed River High School where a team of engineering students are working on their entry for the RACQ Technology Challenge.

Theirs is the first NSW team to have entered into the event, which will be held on September 13 and 14 in Maryborough Queensland.

"We're right in the middle of building the roll cage," said Industrial Design teacher Mark Wiggins.

"Then we're going to build a temporary fit up of the running gear, chain and derailer and cassette to do a trial to see how it works."

Team work, engineering, fabrication, and welding are just some of the skills students have learnt while taking part in this project. "I've learnt how to file metal pieces and done some practice welding and bending of metal tubes to see what is going to be the right angle for the roll bar," said 12-year-old Lachlan Friend.

Lachlan is excited about taking the human powered vehicle for a spin, once the roll bar is complete.

"I'll be lying down in it, I've never done anything like that before," Lachlan said.

At the RACQ Technology Challenge students will have to present their final design to a panel of judges.

"Students will participate in an interview, and showcase their design folio on its engineering merits," said Industrial Design teacher Mark Wiggins.

"Each student has worked on the project in a different capacity.

"For instance, one student designed our logo and its screen printing on a shirt.

The RACQ Technology Challenge expects to attract 2000 competing students and thousands of spectators.

The human-powered vehicles will race for 24 hours, with eight students racing, and two in the pit crew.

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