National Science Week: Fremantle students make solar lights for disadvantaged communities in SolarBuddy program

John Curtin College of the Arts students  Flynn McGahan (back), Gauthami Cumaran, Ruby Whitewood & Millie Cook (middle) and Meg Gibson and Matilda Conway (front) have built solar lights which will be donated to disadvantaged communities. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au   d472436
John Curtin College of the Arts students Flynn McGahan (back), Gauthami Cumaran, Ruby Whitewood & Millie Cook (middle) and Meg Gibson and Matilda Conway (front) have built solar lights which will be donated to disadvantaged communities. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d472436

ELECTRICITY can be an expensive luxury for disadvantaged communities in the world, but students from John Curtin College of the Arts are looking to change that.

As part of National Science Week, the Year 7 students learned about the importance of renewable energy for poorer communities and built their own solar-powered lights, which they will soon send to a community in need as part of SolarBuddy Australia’s Buddy2Buddy Schools Program.

Student Gauthami Cumaran Sivagnanam said it was exciting to be part of such a project.

“It’s so important to not waste energy, and so many countries don’t have enough energy to cook or read once the sun goes down,” she said.

“We can give opportunities to those who are less privileged than us. Sending them a light can make such a difference to their lives.”

Sustainability was high on the list of the school’s Science Week program, with other events including a recycled fashion workshop, a sustainable music festival and a clothes swap market.