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October 22nd, 2015

Ready, set, go!

The ninth New Zealand Secondary School Mini Moto Grand Prix took place at Manfeild race track, Feilding, last week with close to 300 students from over 20 schools participating in the two-day competition.

The 49cc mini bikes and the 70cc motards (off-road bikes) are designed and built by Year 11 and 12 students, with many Year 13 students making the sidecar bikes.

Students built the bikes by redesigning frame constructions, adding an engine, suspension, steering and body-kit of their own technical designs.

Students gain credits towards NCEA at levels 1-3 as part of their technology/engineering project. They are supported by Competenz through the Tools4Work programme’s learning resources.

Competenz Careers Manager Joanne Verry says the competition is a great opportunity for young people to learn trade skills that could lead them onto a career pathway in a trade after finishing school.

“Students gain practical, hands-on skills which can help them progress into a career when they leave school,” she says.

“The project incorporates a range of different components from design to technology. It’s a great way to get students interested in engineering.”

Competenz is a proud sponsor of the mini bike competition, supporting students’ interests in engineering and trades. Congratulations to all the students who participated.

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