Dianella Primary and PLC rule the roost at Synergy Schools Solar Challenge

Dianella Primary School students Delphine Manishimwe, Kirsty Slater, Smit Patel, Urvish Sathavara with the Year 6 trophy.
Dianella Primary School students Delphine Manishimwe, Kirsty Slater, Smit Patel, Urvish Sathavara with the Year 6 trophy.

SCHOOL children felt the need for speed when the grand final of the 2018 Synergy Schools Solar Challenge was held yesterday at Optus Stadium.

The challenge is a joint initiative between Synergy and the Science Teachers’ Association of Western Australia (STAWA) that enabled Year 6 and Year 8 students to build and race model, solar-powered cars against other schools.

Dianella Primary School beat out Wembley Primary School in the Year 6 final while Presbyterian Ladies’ College defeated Kiara College in the Year 8 competition.

Presbyterian Ladies’ College students Claudia Khan, Olive Erickson, Juliette Jarrett, Sarah Few and Synergy energy solutions manager Alan Gerber with the Year 8 trophy.

Penrhos College finished third in the Year 8 competition while Belmont City College exited the competition in the quarter finals in the same year group.

The participating schools were resourced with standardised solar car kits and curriculum-linked support materials, enabling the students to build and race the cars against other schools.

Belmont City College student Ethan Powell races his school’s car.