So­lar chal­lenge

Eastern Reporter - - News -

John For­rest Sec­ondary Col­lege took home the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Model So­lar Car Chal­lenge ti­tle in Syd­ney last month.

BUD­DING en­gi­neers from John For­rest Sec­ondary Col­lege took home the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Model So­lar Car Chal­lenge ti­tle in a dy­namic race to the fin­ish line.

The col­lege sent four teams to Syd­ney for the chal­lenge held from De­cem­ber 8 to 9.

Its Dy­namic Vec­tor team, cap­tained by Year 11 stu­dent Si Wei Lin, was named the over­all win­ner af­ter gain­ing the most points from races, a first-place fin­ish for its five-minute video about the de­sign and con­struc­tion of their car and a knowl­edge test.

The team beat 25 other teams from Aus­tralia and Tai­wan com­pet­ing in the chal­lenge where stu­dents de­signed, built and raced model so­lar cars around a 100m track.

Teacher Robert Wood­ward said all stu­dents worked well to­gether to build and race the cars.

“To win the over­all cham­pi­onship de­spite the fact that our cars were not the fastest cars at the chal­lenge is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment,” he said.

“To me, it demon­strates that qual­ity of the ed­u­ca­tion the stu­dents re­ceive at John For­rest, which has de­vel­oped in them skills in me­dia, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, com­put­ing, tech­ni­cal draw­ing, as well as sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing that as­sisted them in this com­pe­ti­tion.”

The Dy­namic Vec­tor team of John Slab­bert, Si Wei Lin, Chris­tian Ho, Giuseppe Francesco (Joe) Rechichi and Maksym Osoba-But­trose.

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