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Solar model challenge winners announced

Release Date: 04 November 2008

Pictures of winning schools are available on request

Morley Senior High School and Gooseberry Hill Primary School have recently taken out line honours at Western Power’s Solar Model Car and Boat challenge respectively.

Second time Solar Car winners, Morley Senior High School, last week defeated previous winner Belridge Senior High School (3rd), Girrawheen SHS (2nd) and Aquinas College (4th) to take home the Solar Model Car title.  Belridge has held the title for the last four years.

First, second and third placed winners in the Solar Car race will head to Hobart to compete in the national solar titles (car and boat) on the 22nd and 23rd  November.

Flights and accommodation are part of the prize provided by Western Power.  Morley Senior High School also received a $500 cheque with the winner’s trophy.

In the week leading up to the solar car challenge Gooseberry Hill Primary School held on to the State title crown for the third year running in the model solar boat challenge. Stamping their authority on the competition the Gooseberry Hill Primary School took out two of the eight prizes.

Solar Car winners

  • First: Morley Senior High School 2 (Blue Thunder 4)
  • Second: Girrawheen Senior High School 1 (Horizon)
  • Third: Belridge Senior High School 1 (Solar Flair V)
  • Fourth: Aquinas College 1 (Nemphis Mensa)

Fastest Qualifier (in the heats) - Winthrop Baptist College

  • Best Team Effort:  Albany Senior High School
  • Best Poster: Girrawheen Senior High School 1
  • Best new school - John Calvin Christian College

Western Power’s Managing Director, Mr Doug Aberle was on hand to congratulate the Solar Car Challenge winners in Forrest Place on Friday 31 October.

“The Grand Final was a really tight contest with Morley and Girrawheen needing to battle it out right to the end to determine a winner.

“I was really impressed with the quality of the cars and the effort and attention to detail given by the students.

“It is very heartening for me to see the next generation of students coming through having the desire to think about ways to create sustainable products.

“I wish them all the best and hope that some of them continue to work in this field,” Mr Aberle said.

Solar Boat winners

  • 1st Overall:  Gooseberry Hill Primary School, Team 1 (Flipskim)
    and fastest qualifier
  • Jnr Restricted Division 1st place: Gooseberry Hill Primary School, Team 2 (Grishnakh)
  • 2nd Overall:  Millen Primary School, Team 2 (La Vitisse)
    Jnr Restricted Division 2nd place: South Halls Head Primary School, Team 2 (SSSHPS2)
  • Best Team Effort:  Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Team 2 (Swordfish)
  • Best Poster: Greenfields Primary School (GPS - Gun)
  • Best use of Recycled Materials winner: South Newman Primary School (Green Machine)
  • World of Energy Encouragement award: Yangebup Primary School (Flashback)

Western Power’s sustainability Manager, Ms Inge van der Poel said that for the Solar Boat Challenge schools created boats to compete over a 10 metre course in a temporary pool constructed at Western Power’s World of Energy in Fremantle.

“Students were encouraged to use recycled materials such as plastic juice, milk and soft drink bottles, aluminium cans and to come up with innovative designs in the quest to be the fastest boat on the day.

“This year, the event attracted 35 teams from 19 different schools. Cloud cover on both days made racing a challenge with competitors having to face a flash thunderstorm on Friday just as racing was due to start.

“Western Power would like to congratulate all the students who took part in the annual solar boat challenge this year,” Ms van der Poel said.

Results and pictures can be found on the World of Energy and Western Power’s website.


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