Students embracing the challenge of solar power

View from Scienceworks roof
View from Scienceworks roof
Image: Avantika Banerjee
Source: Museum Victoria

Media contact: Alex Dook

Scienceworks is hosting the 24th annual Model Solar Vehicle Challenge, a science and technology competition for students across Australia.

The Challenge is a competition to build the best solar-powered vehicle, and both primary and secondary school students are welcome to enter.

"The Model Solar Vehicle Challenge aims to provide school students with a fun engineering experience," said Avantika Banerjee, Senior Program Officer, Scienceworks. "The students are learning about science and technology in a hands-on, interactive way, which is great for young minds."

The Challenge has a range of categories, from a solar-powered boat race, to a solar-powered car. Even adults are welcome to enter in the Mars rover category.

"The program gives kids a chance to learn about topics such as alternative energies and all stages of car design and manufacturing," said Ms Banerjee. "We know the Challenge inspires students because a lot of them go on to study engineering at university."

The Victorian competition will be held at Scienceworks on the 19th and 20th of October, and the national final will be held on the 23rd and 24th of November.

Museum Victoria Public Relations contact:
Alex Dook, 8341 7141 / 0478 348 880,

For all general public enquiries, contact the museum's Discovery Centre

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