Lourdes Hill College has partnered with the Australian Power Institute to participate in the STELR Solar Car Challenge with students in the Middle School.
The Australian Power Institute (API) donated a class set of solar cars to Lourdes Hill College, and 20 students from the Middle School have been working in their lunch times to complete the construction. The students were visited by a bursary holder from API, Ryan Porter, an electrical engineering student from the University of Queensland. He spoke to the students about API and what they do, and how they can get involved in a future career in the power sector.
Once the students have built their cars they will be able to make modifications to try to maximise the efficiency, speed and distance travelled, and compete against each other to have the most effective car. This is an excellent way for the students to apply the knowledge they have gained across the four Investigation Theme subjects in the Middle School, including knowledge of renewable energy, energy transformations, programming, forces, electricity and energy efficiency.
We plan to continue to use the solar cars in future classroom studies across Years 7 – 9, so keep an eye out for them in terms to come!
It’s not too late to join in the fun. If you’re interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We would like to thank the Australian Power Institute and the STELR Project for giving our students the opportunity to sink their teeth into the world of solar cars. The students are enjoying the process of building them!
Investigation Theme Leader