All sunny for college
GIRLS are leading the way in solar power innovation at Belmont City College.
A team of four Year 8 girls from the college took out the Synergy Solar Car Challenge Regional Semi-Final at Willetton Primary School.
Kirrilli Jeakings, Jasmine Marshall, Carmel Hecto and Paris Beatson constructed their own solar car, refining the design for maximum efficiency and speed.
The students are all part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program at Belmont City College.
“We’re very proud of our team of Year 8 STEM students, who showed exceptional commitment, persistence and teamwork skills in developing their solar car,” said STEM teacher Bruce Bromley.
The program gets students in years 7 to 10 involved with hands-on problem-solving challenges, including elements of robotics, electronics and computer programming.
“The world is in a period of quick technological change, and for this reason, STEM is an increasingly important priority, in terms of education, but also in terms of economic growth, job market stability, and the ability of Australia to position itself to be successful in the global marketplace,” Mr Bromley said.
The school is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Year 7 STEM program.
To see the girls and their solar car in action, head to Kings Park on Wednesday, April 5 for the Perth regional grand final, where a variety of WA schools will race it out.
Winning Belmont City College students Kirrilli Jeakings, Jasmine Marshall, Carmel Hecto and Paris Beatson.