All sunny for col­lege

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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