Schools unite for so­lar buzz

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

The grassed area out­side the Kar­ratha Quar­ter will be­come a mini grand prix track later this month when the City’s two high schools hold a pub­lic model so­lar car event to boost in­ter­est in the an­nual pro­gram.

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and St Luke’s Col­lege stu­dents are hold­ing a demon­stra­tion of so­lar cars, which they can build out of any ma­te­rial but must be en­tirely so­lar-op­er­ated on Satur­day, March 25, as a re­gional qual­i­fier for the na­tional Aus­tralian-In­ter­na­tional Model So­lar Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion.

Both schools have been com­pet­ing in the State and na­tional events as a com­bined Kar­ratha team since 2010, com­ing third in WA in 2012.

How­ever, St Luke’s Col­lege head of tech­nol­ogy and en­ter­prise Anand Subra­money said the schools wanted to hold a pub­lic so­lar car demon­stra­tion this year to pro­mote the tal­ents of their stu­dents as well as re­new­able en­ergy and en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

“I think to be open­ing it up to the pub­lic, it al­lows other peo­ple to come in and ask ques­tions as to what’s this all about and how do we get in­volved in it,” he said. “That lifts us up, boosts the ex­po­sure and gets more kids in­volved and we start gen­er­at­ing the in­ter­est a lot ear­lier.” The event is part of the Kar­ratha Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive, funded by the Wood­side-op­er­ated North West Shelf Project.

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion teacher Alun Jones said it would be an ex­cit­ing event.

“There’s go­ing to be cars rac­ing around . . . once the cars get on the track ev­ery­one gets ex­cited,” he said.

The demon­stra­tion will be at 10am-2pm and there will be a free sausage siz­zle.

St Luke's Col­lege and Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents Lin­coln He­im­berger, 14, Louis He­im­berger, 14, Kaine Brad­shaw, 17, Max Bald­ing, 15, Tyler Sharp, 15, and Caitlin Budd, 15, are in the so­lar pro­gram. Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

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