Students in solar challenge
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.
Kevin Nguyen, Timothy Jason and Joshua Muyot with their model solar car.