Science students at Entebbe Secondary School have introduced a self-powering motorcycle that operates without the need for conventional fuel. This pioneering creation was showcased during a Parents Teachers meeting held at the school in Entebbe municipality on Saturday.
The project, developed by JohnBosco Kaddu, Sharif Segawa, Boban Kazibwe, and Fred Mukiibi, with guidance from their teacher Gerald Musoke, features a unique battery system that continuously recharges as the motorcycle is in motion, ensuring an uninterrupted power supply. Musoke emphasized that this innovation eliminates the concern of running out of fuel or power while riding.
Kaddu revealed that the motorcycle underwent extensive testing, covering over 100 kilometers, and proved its efficiency during a journey from Entebbe to Kampala and back, as well as through various areas in Entebbe.
To minimize production costs and make use of available resources, Segawa explained that most of the materials used were sourced from scrap. Musoke stressed that this was done responsibly to prevent the proliferation of stolen items falsely labeled as scrap.
The prototype motorcycle resembles conventional models in terms of frame but lacks an internal combustion engine. Instead, it houses a locally made battery in place of the engine, along with a motor chain, shock absorbers, and a smart screen that acts as a dashboard, detecting defects or malfunctions and notifying the rider. This self-powered motorcycle was constructed in just one month and boasts a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour. It automatically adjusts gears based on the terrain, requiring no manual gear changes.
Musoke indicated that the project will undergo authentication by relevant regulatory bodies before being considered for industrial production on a larger scale.
Additionally, the students, under Musoke’s guidance, have also developed a solar-powered welding machine equipped with three batteries and a transformer capable of producing 240 volts. Musoke stated that one hour of charging stores enough power to enable welding for an entire week.
The school’s science projects promote community involvement, with at least one community member participating and sharing ideas with the students. Among the projects displayed was a solar seed dryer, designed to remove moisture from seed crops such as maize and beans, addressing post-harvest handling issues faced by exporters.
Catherine Amutuhire, who led the development of the solar seed dryer, highlighted its potential impact on crop quality. The project cost the students 100,000 shillings to create.
Other innovations exhibited included neon signs, organic liquid manure from animals and domestic birds. Entebbe Secondary School students have previously showcased inventive projects such as the bio-energy lighter, vertical car-parking space, windmill charger, local freezer, solar charger, automated light switch, and the duo-electric cooker and oven.
Roselyn Tumutendereza, a teacher at the school, emphasized that the new lower secondary school curriculum encourages project work, integration, creativity, and innovation to apply classroom knowledge in the real world. Ruth Muyinda Mande, the headteacher, expressed gratitude for the support received from the National Curriculum Development Centre in implementing the new curriculum, which integrates practical projects into subjects.
The new curriculum focuses on continuous assessment to document each learner’s progress and ensure the acquisition of essential competencies for advancement to the next level.