BITA (British Industrial Truck Association) would like to invite schools to participate in an exciting engineering schools challenge. The challenge is open to secondary school students and involves designing and manufacturing an Electric powered Vehicle that will be driven around our endurance track.
There are 3 prizes to be won, Endurance, Design/Innovation and Entrepreneurship each receiving a cash prize. In addition the champions of the Endurance challenge will be able to send their team to visit a European Fork Lift Truck Manufacturing Plant. (Max of 10 students)
1. Endurance (distance travelled) – £5,000
2. Design/Innovation – £3,000
3. Entrepreneurship – £2,000
Due to the nature of the challenge we are limited to 25 finalists so each team will need to submit their designs where the top 25 will be chosen by the judges to go forward to the track event. (We can only accept one entrant per school)
The challenge has been developed to engage with the young engineers of our future and after the track day, all entrants will be invited to the IMHX Exhibition at the NEC where the winners will be revealed and the prizes awarded. This challenge has been heavily endorsed by manufacturers and suppliers within the fork lift truck industry, visit http://www.bita-academy.org to see all the supporters involved.
This challenge can also be a good fundraising event for your school, for example getting the local community and pupils involved in sponsoring a mile or how many miles the vehicle will travel per hour.
To register your team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01117 312 2025.
Rules & Regulations:
1. All entrants will be supplied with an identical battery. This MUST be the only source of power that is used to power the vehicle.
2. Vehicles MUST have 3 or 4 wheels that are on the ground at all times in a quad or tricycle design.
3. The vehicle must have brakes
4. Maximum speed of 10mph, Minimum speed of 4mph
5. Vehicle must have steering
6. Vehicle must have a seat and a seatbelt must be worn at all times
7. Driver must wear a helmet and protective clothing
8. Endurance will be assessed by distance travelled; under no circumstances should this challenge be viewed as a race.
9. Design must incorporate safeguards to prevent any hands, arms or any part of operator’s body from making contact with any dangerous moving parts
10. A minimum distance must be travelled of which entrants will be notified of on the day.
11. Entrants must be able to attend the race day scheduled 1st week of March 2013 and attend the IMHX (19th – 22nd March 2013)
12. Entrants will need to provide us with proposed design information prior to the event, this information must either be uploaded on YouTube or a paper based submission will need to reach us. Deadline 23rd November 2012.
13. When submitting your entry, please inform us of the local charity (if any) you wish to support for any planned fundraising activity.
14. Schools will be responsible for Health and Safety throughout this challenge.
15. Race track event will be indoors, full information will be circulated in due course
16. Challenge will be assessed by an independent panel from staff at City of Bristol College.
17. Prize money will be awarded to the school and not individuals.
*For full terms and conditions, please refer to our website and also the information pack that you will be presented with on entering this challenge.