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Media Invite: DUT Mentored High Schools Battle It Out On The Racetrack Tomorrow (20 June 2013)

Media Invite: DUT Mentored High Schools Battle It Out On The Racetrack Tomorrow (20 June 2013)


Media Statement by Alan Khan, Senior Director: Corporate Affairs at the Durban University of Technology:

Eight teams from seven Durban high schools will battle it out for the top spot in the Top Gear Festival’s Legacy Initiative – the F1 In Schools Technology Challenge, taking place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow (20 June 2013).

Top Gear Festival’s Legacy Initiative Project, the Durban University of Technology – in partnership with the Sangari Institute and the KZN ScienCentre – invite you to attend the final race where speed, marketing display, design as well as verbal presentation will determine the winner.

The mock race was held at the KZN Science Centre two weeks ago where all of the participating teams had the opportunity to race their prototypes prior to cutting their final cars for the big race this week. The initiative was also showcased to the public during the Top Gear Festival held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last weekend.

All teams were mentored by DUT students with the design and manufacture of miniature versions of the F1 car of the future. The participating schools are Clifton College, George Campbell Technical School, Glenwood Boys High School, Open Air School, Phoenix Technical School, Sivananda Technical School and Umlazi Comtech.

The high school teams were taught how to use CAD (computer –aided design) in designing their race cars, CAM (Computer-aided manufacturing) in the manufacturing of workpieces and actual manufacturing of the cars on the CNC Milling Machine. The cars are made out of balsa wood and are powered by a compressed CO2 cylinder across a 20-metre track. Each team is made up of about 5 pupils.

The project is about exposing pupils to engineering science and technology. Teams will be judged on car speed, supporting evidence of their design, verbal presentation as well as their marketing display stand.

For more information or comment, kindly contact:

Anna Sacks, Top Gear Festival’s Legacy Initiative Project Manager on 076 7900 400 or Ranil Singh, Senior Lecturer in the Industrial Engineering Department at DUT on 083 793 8313.

Issued by:
Sinegugu Ndlovu
Communications Department
Durban University
031 373 2845