KYABRAM P-12 College students zipped ahead of their competition at the RACV Energy Breakthrough in Maryborough recently.
Competing in their human powered vehicle (HPV) ‘‘Mechanical Fury’’, the talented team came an impressive seventh out of 17 in the Try-Athlon Open.
Students zoomed through obstacle courses, time trials and an eight-hour endurance race as part of the challenging three-part competition.
The winners were chosen based on the number of laps completed in eight hours, rather than on speed.
Teacher Lionel Curling said competing in the race was a dream come true for students.
‘‘The student council decided it would be a great idea to purchase this vehicle for the students. We then had seven Year 8 students turn up eager to try it out. It’s really been a student-driven project,’’ he said.
‘‘When the HPV arrived, it didn’t have a lot of the bits and pieces needed. So parents threw a barbecue and raised money for the add-ons.’’
The annual event provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle that will represent an ‘energy breakthrough’.
The program encourages participants to examine and use the latest technology while considering its impact on the environment and the way people live locally and globally.