HPV

Human Powered Vehicle - RACV Challenge, Maryborough.

 

The HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) program has been running at Diamond Creek for the past 11 years. We have experienced some success on the track. More importantly our success is measured by the amount of students who participate in the program and the community involvement which is generated. Diamond Creek makes up the more than 60,000 visitors that attend the event in Maryborough, and it has become somewhat of a tradition that we send students to the event each year.  

It is an exciting program designed to provide opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local community. We all work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an energy breakthrough.

 

Each year a team of 12 is selected to take part in the event. Students work towards improving their fitness and endurance over the six months leading up to the race. We complete an exercise program, participate in endurance days and take part in events such as cross country. The team is made up of 8 drivers and 4 pit crew who work together to try and complete the long race which takes place over 3 days in Maryborough.

This is a program requiring a high fitness level, commitment and endurance. The race lasts for 14 hours. Kids race around the track against up to 75 other schools and really step up and represent the school and local community to a high standard. In addition to the race students are required to research various aspects and go through a scrutineering session and develop a presentation. They need to demonstrate to judges their knowledge of the vehicle, the theory behind the way it has been built and the relevance to our environmental world.

This is a very rewarding program for students, teachers, parents and the community. Please feel free to come and see our vehicle and learn about the program. The HPV team would be more than happy to share with you this exciting experience and discuss future plans for our HPV team the “SPIRIT OF DIAMOND CREEK”