Kids shine in solar car challenge

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Winning Year 8 team St Joseph's College team: Will Crabtree, Connor Bennett, Nina Giuntoli and Montana Wood.
Camera IconWinning Year 8 team St Joseph's College team: Will Crabtree, Connor Bennett, Nina Giuntoli and Montana Wood. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Wet weather did not dampen spirits at the inaugural Great Southern Synergy Schools Solar Challenge, with more than 100 students from 12 schools taking part in the event at North Albany Senior High School.

The event was moved indoors on Thursday last week because of the overcast conditions.

Solar cars race down the track.
Camera IconSolar cars race down the track. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Solar-charged batteries were used on the hand-built vehicles.

Students formed teams and built their solar cars from scratch in the first couple of hours before racing their rival schools on a 30m track inside NASHS gymnasium.

Flinders Park Primary School Year 6 team Regan Christensen, Dusan Tomas and Gary Wun.
Camera IconFlinders Park Primary School Year 6 team Regan Christensen, Dusan Tomas and Gary Wun. Credit: Cameron Newbold

The racing was tight as students did their best to reach the finals, although some machines struck trouble on the track.

Battery powered solar cars were raced during the challenge.
Camera IconBattery powered solar cars were raced during the challenge. Credit: Cameron Newbold

St Joseph’s College won a thrilling Year 8 decider, defeating Albany Senior High School, Denmark Senior High School and NASHS.

Year 6 winning team PEAC Albany Centre: Chase Keogh, Oliver Harrington and Scott Rystenberg.
Camera IconYear 6 winning team PEAC Albany Centre: Chase Keogh, Oliver Harrington and Scott Rystenberg. Credit: Cameron Newbold

A combined team under the PEAC Albany Centre banner were victorious in the Year 6 category as they edged out Yakamia Primary School, Flinders Park Primary School and Braeside Primary School.

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