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Bright sparks take on our Schools Solar Challenge

A typical 11-year-old today might just know more than you about today’s music scene, how to work your smart phone and how solar energy works. Take the quiz to see if you’re smarter than a sixth grader!

Today’s kids are getting switched on about solar power and we’re really excited about the launch of our Synergy Schools Solar Challenge, a joint initiative with the Science Teachers Association of WA (STAWA). Here’s how it works:
  • More than 500 Year 6 and Year 8 students from around Perth have taken up the challenge.
  • Our participating schools have been given solar car kits and curriculum-linked support material. These are designed to help teachers deliver Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) learning outcomes around solar energy throughout the term.
  • During the lessons, kids will learn to build solar-powered standardised kit cars. The lessons are designed to be hands-on and fun, getting kids involved in engineering and problem-solving.
  • Year 6 students will learn how electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources.
  • Year 8 students will focus on how energy appears in different forms including kinetic energy, heat and potential energy, and how energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems.
  • After completing the class lessons, schools can then join the open school competition and race against other schools.

The lessons and practical activities are designed to take about two weeks to complete. As well as powering future engineers, teaching kids to look at the sunny side and energising school science lessons, the challenge aims to teach kids how to solve complex problems, address real-world issues and hopefully have some fun along the way.

This is the first year of the competition and we’re planning to expand it in future years to all schools in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).


Save the date!

The finals start in late March and the grand final will see the top 16 teams racing for the title on Wednesday, 5 April at Kings Park.


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