St Clare’s Update

All teams are now well underway with the first phase of construction almost complete. Our two Year 8 teams and the Year 9 team have almost completed their chassis and the enthusiasm levels have increased dramatically as they see their designs become reality.

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St Clare’s Year 10 Team Get Underway

Our Year 10 team has struggled to find the time to devote to the UNSW Sunsprint Challenge. Originally quite a large group the team is now a duo with Emily and Alicia pressing on with their design.

Today they began the construction process as part of the College’s Open Morning. Part of the Sunsprint Challenge is to document the process from start to finish so the girls thought a ‘time-lapse’ video would be a great way to show this part of the construction process.

St Clare’s Update

Our teams are well underway with the construction process. At the end of this term we are hoping each team will have their chassis complete leaving just the axles, motor and gearing to configure after the break.

We have made a small ‘maker space’ in the Library storeroom and space certainly is at a premium! We will have a much improved space once the Library is remodelled later in the year.

SMCC Year 9 Team Progress

The Year 9 SMCC team have submitted some designs to Mr Davidson for consideration. The design process is crucial to the process so getting this stage right can make a big impact on the performance of the car. Having access to the laser cutter is going to mean a lot of time is saved in this process.

SMCC Year 9 Team

The Year 9 team from St Mary’s Cathedral College are up and running. The team of Lachlan, Ryan and Vince have decided that SketchUp and the laser cutter will provide the most efficient method of construction. They have shared their initial design below. This team are in their third year of the Challenge and we expect them to feature prominently on race day.

St Clare’s Year 9 Team Update

Our Year 9 team of Janice, Annabelle and Rebecca have also been busy over the past few weeks deciding on both the design and construction processes.

This team is highly skilled in the use of technology and decided to create their design using Sketch Up. Using this 3D modelling software enables the team to create their design to precise measures and see what it will look like before they try and build it. They can make any changes online thereby saving enormous time in the construction process.

Sketch Up can be learnt quite quickly and has the benefit of built-in tutorials to help you overcome any technical issues that arise.

Once the design had been created using Sketch Up the files were sent to Mr Davidson, the TAS Coordinator at St Mary’s Cathedral. Cathedral recently took delivery of a highly advanced laser cutter and have very generously offered to share this resource with our team.

This morning we received a message from Mr Davidson with the following image attached. SUCCESS!!!!! Now we just have to glue the pieces together.

Great work team and a big thank you to Mr Davidson and St Mary’s Cathedral College.

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