NMMU students wheel it in soapbox fun

Get Moving: NMMU students try to impress with their soapbox inventions as part of an 'Ice Breaker' project held at the Kings Beach parking lot in Port Elizabeth yesterday
Get Moving: NMMU students try to impress with their soapbox inventions as part of an ‘Ice Breaker’ project held at the Kings Beach parking lot in Port Elizabeth yesterday

Wooden pallets, bicycle wheels and old bathtubs were just some of the items used by students as they competed to design the best soapbox.

“Team 19” with their soapbox inspired by a hot-rod won the Ice Breaker, Move It Along If You Can Project held by NMMU at the Kings Beach parking lot yesterday.

The vehicle was inspired by the look of a hot-rod, secondyear architecture student Leyya Adam said.

“We wanted to make everything as simple as possible and we made everything ourselves, from scratch,” Adam said.

The event’s main aim was to design a vehicle that could be propelled from on board, with no pushing or pulling.

The vehicles not only had to go straight, but also had to be able to manoeuvre around the track that had been set out.

The event comprised eight teams from three different faculties – the School of Architecture, the Architectural Technology Department and the Interior Design faculty.

Teams had a maximum of eight members and their vehicles had to be made to carry a minimum of two people, the limit being eight.

The event was held as an icebreaker, with the NMMU faculties from different years of study participating in the venture, which saw the coming together of students to make it a special meeting.

-Amir Chetty

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