January 13, 2017
GUELPH, Ontario – Students at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute are working together to build an electric vehicle. The GCVI Electric Vehicle Team is made up of a group of students who are interested in manufacturing technology.
Building the electric vehicle is part of the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program that is available to students in the Upper Grand District School Board.
The SHSM program is a specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while still meeting the requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The SHSM program helps assist students in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.
Students on the GCVI Electric Vehicle Team took charge of the planning, designing, prototyping and building of the electrical vehicle. They plan to build two vehicles, which would be entered into the University of Waterloo challenge in May.
The University of Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge tasks teams of high school students with designing and building electric vehicles. The electric vehicles are then tested during the challenge for engineering design and endurance. The team that can achieve the most laps in one hour on a single 12 volt charge is pronounced the winner.
Students at GCVI have been working very hard on their electric vehicle and are hopeful that both of their vehicles will finish in the top five at the race in May.