STELR Celebrates API partnership and the 200th solar car sponsorship

STELR – in conjunction with long-term sponsor Australian Power Institute (API) – has celebrated the 200th STELR school in Australia to receive an API solar car class set.

Park Ridge State High School in Brisbane is the 200th school to engage with the solar car activity as part of the STELR program focused on bringing a new approach to science and technology learning to Australian High schools students.

API has been supporting STELR with the solar cars program since 2012 – each car is valued at $70 and a class set at about $1000. Schools apply for sponsorship, successful schools receive a class set free of charge.

Successful schools also receive a visit from a power engineering student who holds an API Bursary to assist with their study costs. The bursary holder visits the school once or twice to help with construction of the cars, judge a race between the students’ solar cars and talk to students about careers in power engineering.

Park Ridge SHS Head of Science, Ross Bradford, with students Lorrelai and Emma and API Bursary holder, Steven Bickley, who assisted students to deign and build their cars.

Park Ridge SHS Head of Science, Ross Bradford, with students Lorrelai and Emma and API Bursary holder, Steven Bickley, who assisted students to deign and build their cars.

Park Ridge SHS Solar Car Challenge winners, Joshua and Tyler, showing their car to Team Arrow volunteer and engineering student, Kelvin Choi. Kelvin was familiar with STELR as he had used it as a school student.

Park Ridge SHS Solar Car Challenge winners, Joshua and Tyler, showing their car to Team Arrow volunteer and engineering student, Kelvin Choi. Kelvin was familiar with STELR as he had used it as a school student.

Key guests at the Park Ridge celebrations yesterday, were Mr Linus Power, the Queensland Parliament Member for Logan, Ms Sharon Amos, Principal of Park Ridge SHS, and Park Ridge SHS Head of Science, Mr Ross Bradford.

Member for Logan, Linus Power sitting in the Team Arrow 1 Solar Car and talking to the Clenergy Team Arrow founder Cameron Tuesley.

Member for Logan, Linus Power sitting in the Team Arrow 1 Solar Car and talking to the Clenergy Team Arrow founder Cameron Tuesley.

A highlight of the celebrations was the display of a Clenergy Team Arrow car (Clenergy Team Arrow is Australia’s premier solar racing team). Mr Cameron Tuesley, Clenergy Team Arrow founder, was a guest speaker:

Australian Power Industry CEO Mr Mike Griffin said API was gratified that 200 Australian schools were now participating in the solar car program.

“Having this number of schools and students involved is a clear signal that our partnership with ATSE in focusing students on power engineering and alternate energy sources is bearing fruit,” he said.