Solar car challenge hots up
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, engineering 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.
Tom Hodgkinson, Maddy Gunawan and Emma Marshall, from Lesmurdie Primary School.