The students, now in Year 10, returned to the school for the official opening of the track earlier this month. After the ribbon was cut, current pupils headed off around the track on a variety of bikes and scooters (pictured above).
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Four years ago, the school's TravelWise team worked with road resurfacing manager Kacha Vuletich from Fulton Hogan on a Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards project. The students decided to design a cycle track circumnavigating the school field in order to address overcrowding of the basketball court on 'wheels days', provide a facility for teaching safe cycling, and encourage more fellow pupils to ride to school.
The students developed skills in project management, stakeholder consultation and engineering design. They also enjoyed experimenting with different paving materials, compacting aggregate, mixing asphalt and making concrete with Kacha's help (pictured right).
The project won the team a merit award, and the prize money was used to kickstart the process of turning the design into a reality. Teacher Debbie Thompson led fundraising efforts, with parents and friends contributing via quiz nights and a Givealittle page. Fulton Hogan, the Harcourts foundation, the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, the Lion Foundation, and Constellation Communities Trust all contributed to the cost of construction.
"It was so cool to be at the opening last week,” Kacha says. "It's a great example of a real project that started with students' ideas and came up with design work that was buildable! Debbie took on the challenge of the fundraising, and the physical construction was challenging but achievable, and now the students at the school can enjoy the cycle track for many years to come."
Last call for Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards teams
It's not too late to register a project, but you'd better get started soon in order to get underway in Term 2. Get in touch with the Facilitator for your area or Awards coordinator Rebecca Mather, email@example.com, to be matched up with an engineering mentor.