Wed 24 Mar 2021

EVolocity launches at WITT

Over 20 students from seven local secondary schools were at WITT on Sunday to launch the EVolocity programme in Taranaki. They were joined by teachers, parents, EVolocity organisers, sponsors and WITT staff for a hands-on, interactive day.

EVolocity is a secondary school programme that champions project learning and promotes careers in mechanical engineering, electronics, programming and clean teach. Students experience the thrill of building their own elective vehicle and then they race it against other school teams at the end of the year.

Student participants loved Sunday’s hands-on activities that got them thinking and innovating right from launch day.

Leila, from New Plymouth Girls High School, said she was interested in EVolocity because her dad’s a mechanic, and it seemed like fun project to take part in. Jackson from Opunake High School and said he has built remote control cars in the past, adding that his mum and teacher encouraged him to get involved.

EVolocity has been launched in Taranaki in partnership with Ara Ake and WITT, with an aim to educate and provide local students with skills to develop new clean technologies and jobs for the region’s Just Transition.

Study pathways that will appeal to EVolocity students include WITT’s Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) and Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Level 7), as well as trades programmes in mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and electrical.

“WITT’s excited to be partnering with Evolocity and Ara Ake to bring this new initiative to Taranaki”, says Kyle Hall, Director of NZIHT, the New Zealand School of Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure.

“We’re working together to encourage our rangatahi to engage with STEM programmes while they’re still at school, giving them some really great options for tertiary study including energy, engineering, electrical and automotive – key industries across Taranaki and Aotearoa.”

WITT automotive tutor and project lead Kerrie Booth said it was a pleasure to be involved with the launch of EVolocity Taranaki.

“The learners were keen, interested and totally engaged in the activities and I look forward to seeing their innovation and the various projects come to life,” she said.

“If there is anyone out in our community that would like to be involved with this project for an hour, a day or even the whole programme – get in touch with myself or Ben Naughton at WITT. You won’t regret it!”

Contact Kerrie to find out more about getting involved with EVolocity at WITT, k.booth@witt.ac.nz