Technology pupils put racers through paces at track

Showing off their ``Firey Racers'' team's go-kart at Game Over Queenstown yesterday are Wakatipu...
Showing off their ``Firey Racers'' team's go-kart at Game Over Queenstown yesterday are Wakatipu High School pupils (from left) Julia Lima (13), Alissa Ibe (14) and Kika Struthers.PHOTO: GUY WILLIAMS
After weeks of design and build work, a group of Wakatipu High School pupils put their handiwork to the test on the race track yesterday.

Teacher Rebecca Lund said teams of year 9 hard materials technology pupils had spent the term making go-karts from old wheelie bins.

Yesterday was a chance for 22 of them to compete in a time trial lap of the race track at Game Over Queenstown entertainment centre in Frankton.

As well as their lap times, the teams were judged on their go-kart's decoration, standard of workmanship and teamwork.

Firey Racers team member Julia Lima said she and her team-mates had enjoyed the 10-week project because it involved "hands-on crafting".

It also required research, careful measurements and an opportunity to use a variety of tools for the first time, she said.

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