Newman College hosts Schools Solar Challenge semi-final


Churchlands SHS year 8 students Nic Ellitt, Will Ramonell, Elliot King and Jeremy Keng with their solar-powered model car and Synergy energy solutions manager Allen Gerber.
Churchlands SHS year 8 students Nic Ellitt, Will Ramonell, Elliot King and Jeremy Keng with their solar-powered model car and Synergy energy solutions manager Allen Gerber.

STUDENTS put their solar-powered model cars to the test at the semi-final of the Schools Solar Challenge at Newman College yesterday.

The competition featured teams from primary and secondary schools in Perth’s western corridor, including Carine Senior High School, St Kieran Catholic Primary School, Churchlands Senior High School, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School and Servite College.

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

Association chief executive John Clarke said the program was trying to address a declining interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects.

“It resources teachers and enables them to further excite their students about science and inspire them to continue studying science,” he said.

“The key to addressing what is going to be a global employment problem is having sufficient numbers of our students right now choosing to study Stem subjects.”

More than 1000 Perth students took part in the challenge and 16 will vie for $10,000 to purchase science equipment at the grand final on Tuesday.

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