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Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival

Mini EV Prize Saturday 18 August 2018 at the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus – .The University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Science will be hosting the 2018 Mini EV Prize in conjunction with ‘Science in Practice – Developing our World’ during National Science Week.

When: Saturday, August 18 2018. 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
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Where: University of Newcastle - Callaghan Campus
Faculty of Science, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, 2308
Topic: Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Bookings: 02 4985 4169
Other: Wheelchair access
Social Media: Facebook

The Mini EV Prize is a component of the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival (a multi day event that spans through out  the year).

The Mini EV Prize this year is being held during National Science Week and involves school aged students building a mini solar car from a kit and adding design features to their cars to compete in a race on either a straight track or an oval track. The tracks are portable and will be set up on the No 2 Car Park of the Callaghan Campus of the University of Newcastle for a flat wide openspace in the outdoors to access solar power for the competition cars.

As the event is on a weekend this year it attracts friends and relatives of students participating to attend and be informed on the way of the future through their participation. This event is open to both primary and high school students and they are able to register and participate with an adult Team Manager either a teacher or parent to meet safety requirements.

The competition includes trophies, prize monies and recognition and fosters a festival environment to pick-up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in a fun way for all ages.

A teacher workshop was held in June for teachers and parents to  gain skills to support their students in team development, fund raising, mini solar car assembly, innovative design features and so on and teachers usually enjoy these teacher workshops and are like little kids jumping of joy when their mini solar car that they have built wizzes past them on the track.

Prizes for the competition recognizes the fastest car, best design features and good team work as the main criteria.

The other components of the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival includes the EV Prize, EV Show and the EV Workshop.

Contact details:

Latha Lewis
University of Newcastle
Phone: 02 4985 4169
Mobile: 0404 171 208

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