About the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge
Over the past year, secondary school students from high schools across Ontario have been designing and building electric cars to race at the Waterloo EV Challenge. The competition takes over the East Campus buildings and parking lots, replacing them with a race course.
There are two races, the 12 V and the 24 V competition, in addition to vehicle design awards.
Volunteer with us
The Electric Vehicle Challenge can only happen with the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We require volunteers for many different roles, such as:
- Crowd control
- Technical set-up
- Master of Ceremonies
- Safety inspectors
If you are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to sign up as a general volunteer. Sedra Student Design Centre design team members may register as marshals; see below for more details.
Most of our volunteers will fall into this category. As a general volunteer, you will be responsible for setting up and tearing down the race track. During the races, you will help keep people off the track and answer questions about the competition from the public.
You will receive lunch and a t-shirt for volunteering at the race.
Race marshals are responsible for monitoring the race and reporting dangerous behaviour. As a race marshal, you will coordinate with the Lead Marshal and the rest of the race team to:
- Red flag the race to stop it, in the event of dangerous conditions, to fix scoring problems etc.
- Black flag drivers to warn or suspend them for dangerous driving.
You will be required to arrive at 8 am to help set-up the track with the rest of our volunteers.
Due to the marshals' importance to participant safety, only registered members of Sedra Student Design Centre design teams will be eligible for this role. Preference will be given to members of automotive-based teams. All the design teams are competition-focused and many centre around racing, which provides useful background knowledge for this role.
Marshals will be required to participate in a training session prior to the race, on the Thursday evening prior to the race
Other roles, like judge and safety inspector positions, are given to competition sponsors and individuals with a racing or safety background. At this point in time, we are not accepting applications for these roles.