So­lar car chal­lenge hots up

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

LES­MUR­DIE Pri­mary School and El­len­brook Se­condary are through to the next round of the Schools So­lar Chal­lenge af­ter win­ning their heats in the eastern cor­ri­dor semi- fi­nal at Mazenod Col­lege on Tues­day.

More than 1000 school chil­dren have taken part in the ini­tia­tive which aims to ig­nite stu­dents’ ex­cite­ment about learn­ing sci­ence at school.

The Chal­lenge, a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Syn­ergy and the Sci­ence Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of WA, en­ables Year 6 and Year 8 stu­dents to build and race model, so­lar- pow­ered cars against other schools.

The pro­gram is de­signed specif­i­cally to ad­dress the com­par­a­tively low num­ber of stu­dents choos­ing to study, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer- ing and maths ( Stem) sub­jects.

As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive John Clarke said given so many jobs of the fu­ture are go­ing to be tech­nol­ogy based, the de­clin­ing in­ter­est in Stem sub­jects was a prob­lem the as­so­ci­a­tion was try­ing to ad­dress.

“The Chal­lenge re­sources teach­ers and en­ables them to in­spire their stu­dents into con­tinue study­ing sci­ence,” he said.

Syn­ergy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Wa­ters said the Chal­lenge was also an ex­cel­lent way to ed­u­cate stu­dents about the ben­e­fits of so­lar and re­new­able en­ergy.

The grand fi­nal will be held on April 10 at Op­tus Sta­dium.

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Tom Hodgkin­son, Maddy Gunawan and Emma Mar­shall, from Les­mur­die Pri­mary School.

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