Central Highlands Model Solar Boat Challenge 2017
The day started off with quite a bit of sunlight, although the temperature was still pretty low. There was approximately 32 boats on the day, from two schools, Buninyong and Ballan. There was several classes of younger children who came to watch throughout the day.
There were a couple of teething problems with changing solar panels and many boats running backwards. To start off with many of the kids just turned their boats around and ran them prop first. Later I noticed quite a few of the kids change the wiring around, some at the panel and some at the motor. Alligator clips are not the most reliable way of attaching panels and are difficult for small, wet, cold fingers.
I noticed a big improvement in many boats over the day. It was really obvious that many of the kids were learning and innovating as they went, to improve their boats.
As the day progressed, the quality of the boats improved, but the weather conditions got worse. It would have been interesting to have a light meter handy for the kids to see what they were working with. Anyway as we got into the finals, the clouds were getting denser but more of the boats were able to run down the pool. In a couple of cases, neither boat was able to go at all. We allowed them to go away and do some work on their craft, while we ran another race. We managed to get a result in every race, even when the sky darkened right over. By the time we got down to the final eight, the weather was getting really bad, but the boats just kept on going.
The grand final was run over three races and was won 2/1 by the "Over the Waves" team from from Buninyong. Teams from Buninyong took out the first three places and one of the teams from Ballan took out fourth place.
The weather for the final few races was inclement to say the least, with a few spots of rain falling for the last couple of races. We adjourned inside for the prize giving and it started belting down almost immediately. That was really close.
Overall a great day with a lot of luck with the weather. Thanks to Imogen and the rest of the crew.
2016 Victorian Model Solar Vehicle Challenge Competition Results
2016 Melbourne Museum Pursuit Event
On the 6th of September, 2016, the VMSV Melbourne Museum Event where Sheridan Kit Cars and Student Designed Cars are raced in a set of pursuit type events, was held. All registered organisation and prospective teams were invited to bring their cars to race and their boats for any additional assistance from the VMSVC chief scrutineer.
Held in the open space between the Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition building in the Carlton gardens the "blue" pursuit track was setup and all contenders are able to race. Unlike the state event there is no panel testing nor race ready scruitneering performed so this is an excellent platform to run your teams vehicle before the state event.
Student Designed Cars that participate do not need to meet all of the event rules and will be allowed to race as long as they can. In order to qualify for awards on the day a car must be able to carry the cargo as set out in the 2016 regulations.
The following was the itinerary for the day
10:00 Oval Track Setup
10:30 Car Registration (track open for testing)
11:00 Commence Racing
12:00 Lunch Break (track open for testing)
12:30 Resume Racing
13:30 Finals & Presentations
13:45-14:00 Track Pack Up
On the day there were several VMSVC members available to answer questions and provide valuable reviews and advice on both car and boats.
More information about the event venue can be accessed via the following link: The Melbourne Museum - Carlton