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Mini Electric Vehicle Building and Racing Competition

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Mini Electric Vehicle Building and Racing Competition

Mini Electric Vehicle Building and Racing Competition

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Design and build your own mini Electric Vehicle (EV) from $15 kit ($25 delivered) plus booking fee, for prizes totaling $200. Based on the highly successful Mini EV prize event run for the last 4 years run as part of Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival but modified:

Note: If you have a kit from a previous year of the Mini EV you can use you can register for free.

  • Households register on Eventbrite, pay your money, select to pickup your kit (Suite 3D1, 45 Hunter St Newcastle (Ph 0418205664) OR East Maitland (Ph 0457302088)) or have it sent by post.
  • Design and build your Mini Electric Vehicle Solar Car (family input is encouraged).
    • Notice that the car can be powered either by the solar cell or by the battery.
  • Tether it to a post with a 2-3 metre string, measure and record the length of the string.
  • Mark a start line and record the time to complete five laps.
  • Record your measurements in an appropriate scientific format.
  • Compare the results of using solar power or battery power.
  • After trialling your Mini EV Solar Car make modifications to your vehicle that would potentially improve your performance (make your vehicle faster).
  • Re-test your car and record your results.
  • Submit a video or photo of your Mini EV along with record of measurements and modification discussion.
  • Entries must be in by Midnight 19th of August, for judging during National Science Week (15-23 August, 2020)

Judging Criteria:

The entrant has provided clear and convincing evidence that he/she:

  • completed a well-planned scientific investigation that incorporated fair testing
  • had shown originality in the idea and creativity in the investigative methods
  • had a good understanding of the science concepts related to the investigation
  • gathered relevant background information and carefully selected materials and equipment
  • accurately gathered experimental data in an appropriate number of trials
  • recorded data in an organised and logical manner using correct units
  • analysed data, suggesting plausible explanations for the results
  • analysed and explained trends, patterns and relationships in the data collected
  • suggested purposeful modifications to design ideas, re-tested and recorded results


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Support on how to build via online videos and instructions provided below.





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06-07-2020 to

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The NSW Regional Science Hub initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government

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A network of initiatives enhancing community engagement with S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in the Hunter.



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