Wembley Primary School and Presbyterian Ladies’ College students race to WA solar car finals

Wembley Primary School students (l-r) Gus Lukatela, Bailey Paton, Cooper Nisbet, Jack Thackray won their part of the competition.
Wembley Primary School students (l-r) Gus Lukatela, Bailey Paton, Cooper Nisbet, Jack Thackray won their part of the competition.

A TEAM of Year 6 Wembley Primary School students won the Synergy Schools Solar Challenge for schools in the north west of Perth on Sunday.

They had to build and race a solar-powered car built from a kit before racing against entries from 44 schools at Newman College, Churchlands.

“I think our winning edge is the simplicity, because too complex or too much weight and the car won’t go fast enough,” team member Cooper Nisbet said.

A team from Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) was second in the Year 8 section.

PLC students (l-r) Rilyn Hawkins, Annie Lewkowski, Jess Fry and Maddie Robins were second in the section for Year 8s.

“We’d love to engineer a full-size solar car as it is energy efficient and the way of the future,” PLC team member Jess Fry said.

The PLC and Wembley teams will compete at the challenge’s State finals at Optus Stadium next Tuesday.