Tag Archive | solar carts

OC Solar Stars!

Congratulations to our awesome OC who had a great day at the Mini EV Festival yesterday! A huge thank you to Steve (Blade & Fin’s dad) who helped us build and solder our carts throughout the term. Well done to team Lightning Llamas: Celeste, Raquel and Liana, whose cart placed 1st in the Pursuit Race and to team Eclipse: Eleanor, Amie, Eliza, Emma, Ember, whose cart placed 2nd in the Solar Sprint Race. We also brought home trophies for best team spirit and enthusiasm and 2 for engineering design and innovation. Well done, everyone! Click below to see our photos (and turn the sound up to 11!)

Race Day tomorrow!

Start your engines – the Mini EV Race Day is on tomorrow at Cameron Park Cart Raceway! All the details are below. If you have any questions about tomorrow, please let me know. Students need to have their registration/media release forms completed and they can compete in both the sprint and pursuit race. Remember to bring along some chairs and picnic blankets. We will be setting up some gazebos for the Tighes Hill crew. I look forward to seeing you all there!

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Solar Cart Race Day

Throughout last term the OC have been busy designing and constructing solar carts for this year’s Mini Electric Vehicle Festival coming up in a few weeks. This event is held on Saturday 13th August from 9am-5pm at Newcastle Cart Racing Club, Cameron Park. An agenda of the day is below, with our Mini EV pursuit race taking place between 1.30pm-2.30pm. A link to the official website is below, where you will find more information about the event and competition. If you have any questions, please let me know. Students will also be bringing home an information sheet today. There will also be a practice race day on Thursday 4th August and I will send home a permission note for that next week. Looking forward to seeing everyone on race day!  http://www.hunterevfestival.net/

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Let the Sun Shine!

Thanks to the beautiful sunny weather today, the OC were finally able to compete in their solar cart race challenge. A big thank you to Dr Graeme Puxty, our Scientists in Schools partner, who helped students construct their carts at the end of last term and joined us today for our official midday race. Students also had a great time customising their vehicles in the lead up to the race, using lots of striking designs and a fair bit of glitter! Well done to Max, Adrian, Oliver and Zane who had the fastest cart during today’s race. Thanks again to Dr Graeme for providing some terrific prizes – CSIRO Rubik’s cubes! We look forward to our next class visit in Term 4.

Solar Powered Science!

Today we had a visit from our Scientist in Schools partner, Dr Graeme Puxty, who helped us make some awesome solar powered carts. Students enjoyed the challenge of working in teams to construct their carts and also began creatively ‘customising’ their vehicles with some unique designs and a variety of materials. A big thank you to Graeme for sharing his time and expertise with our class today. We look forward to seeing him first day back next term for a sunny midday race!