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Synergy Schools Solar Challenge participants race to the finish

The Synergy Schools Solar Challenge has wrapped up for another year with brilliant young Western Australian students using a combination of solar and battery storage to race their cars across the finish line.

Year 6 winners from Helena College and Year 8 winners from Al-Ameen College left the Grand Final feeling energised after their teams built and raced the best solar vehicles to take home the gold.

Synergy’s Chief Executive Officer, David Fyfe said it was fantastic to see students excited about energy.

“The Synergy Schools Solar Challenge teaches our young minds the benefits of solar and battery storage in a fun and interactive way and is a great initiative to help develop their interest in STEM subjects.”

“It was a joy to watch WA students innovate their cars using a combination of modifications, whether that was adjusting the solar panel angle or switching the power source to batteries when the sun didn’t shine.”

In addition to the action-packed race days, schools were resourced with car kits and in-class renewable energy activities to help teachers deliver learning outcomes throughout the term.

In 2024, seven events were held across Perth, Albany, Bunbury, Collie, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie, with over 820 students participating from across WA.

The Synergy Schools Solar Challenge is a joint initiative between Synergy and the Science Teachers’ Association of WA (STAWA).