Holmesglen students and staff have shown what is possible with hard-work and determination, following a significant showing at the 2016 RACV Energy Breakthrough.
The Holmesglen group proudly represented the Institute at the Maryborough based competition, which saw our participants recognised with four respected awards.
Holmesglen received 1st place in the Single Power Source (OPEN) trial, the EEV/SPS Design and Construction award, Single Power Source (OPEN) overall award, and was also honoured with an innovation award.
"I think we gained a lot of respect from the fellow competitors because we were resilient. You could see the transition, these students almost left as kids and came back as adults," said Don Elliott (Holmesglen Engineering & Electrotechnology Department).
The RACV Energy Breakthrough is a collaborative initiative between a host of organisations and councils. The aim of the event is to encourage students and teachers to build a vehicle that highlights an advancement in energy. This year's event saw approximately 300 schools compete.
Accordingly, Holmesglen's vehicle was designed, built and driven by students from the Vocational College and engineering/electrotechnology VCAL program. Judges were specifically impressed with the traction control of the construction in regards to the electric motor, which looked at increased safety and greater economy of the battery power. Students managed to complete up to 830 kms in a 24 hour period.
The Holmesglen participants were comprised of a team of seven VCAL students from the Waverley and Moorabbin campuses, and competed under the guidance of Paul Hawthorne (Engineering & Electrotechnology), Ann Baxter (Vocational College) and Lachlan Maclean (Vocational College). Moreover, Holmesglen hospitality/cookery teacher Trevor Jenkins, together with three of his Certificate IV students, handled all of the team's hospitality needs at the event.
"These will be memories for life. What we did mattered. We had a lot of kids who came together and bonded as a team. The car project gave them that bonding outlet," Don explained.
Holmesglen student team: Ben, Jackson, Maurice, Stephen, Liam, Jessie, and Dan.
*Main photo credit: RACV Energy Breakthrough.