Stu­dents in so­lar chal­lenge

Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

EL­LEN­BROOK Sec­ondary Col­lege is through to the next round of the Schools So­lar Chal­lenge af­ter win­ning its heats in the eastern cor­ri­dor semi-fi­nal at Mazenod Col­lege last week

More than 1000 school stu­dents 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 (STAWA), asks Year 6 and 8 stu­dents to build and race model so­lar-pow­ered cars against other schools.

El­len­brook Sec­ondary Col­lege science teacher An­drew Mont­gomery said the chal­lenge put stu­dents’ skills to the test.

“Our first race was against Dar­ling Range, Mazenod and John Wal­las­ton,” he said.

“The boys won the first two races, so they moved on to the next round against St Joseph’s.

“They won the first two races again and moved on to the fi­nals against He­lena, where they won the first two races once more.

“The boys did a great job us­ing their prob­lem solv­ing skills and worked well to­gether as a team, al­ways stay­ing pos­i­tive.”

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 So­lar Chal­lenge teaches stu­dents ba­sic en­gi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples in a fun and in­ter­ac­tive way and is a great ini­tia­tive to help pique their in­ter­est in Stem sub­jects,” he said.

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

Dar­ling Range Sports Col­lege, El­len­brook Sec­ondary Col­lege, He­lena Col­lege, Hill­side Chris­tian Col­lege, Les­mur­die Pri­mary School, Mazenod Col­lege, St Joseph’s School (Northam), Swan Chris­tian Col­lege and York DHS all took part in the semi-fi­nal at Mazenod Col­lege.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Kevin Nguyen, Ti­mothy Ja­son and Joshua Muyot with their model so­lar car.­mu­ni­ d481071

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