Harrisdale SHS quartet in solar challenge final

Harrisdale SHS students (L-R): Soham Parikh, Yasmin North, Harry Luan and Ankur Kanada
Harrisdale SHS students (L-R): Soham Parikh, Yasmin North, Harry Luan and Ankur Kanada

A TEAM of Year 8 students from Harrisdale Senior High School have put their engineering skills to the test during the 2019 Synergy Schools Solar Challenge.

The quartet of Soham Parikh, Yasmin North, Harry Luan and Ankur Kanada went up against teams from more than a dozen other southern suburbs schools in the competition to design and build their own raceable solar car.

The team finished second behind Aquinas College and will now take part in the competition’s final at Optus Stadium on April 9.

Yasmin said it was a great activity to get students interested in STEM, especially girls.

“It is a really big opportunity for me, especially as a girl being involved in the STEM program,” she said.

“I am really looking forward to the grand final.”

Year 8 teams, including one from Harrisdale (second from right) race their solar cars.

Synergy chief executive Jason Waters said the Challenge was a way to educate students about the benefits of solar and renewable energy.

“The Synergy Schools Solar Challenge is an excellent way to motivate students in STEM subjects and teaches them basic engineering principles in a fun and interactive way,” he said.