The University of Newcastle, Australia

Students gearing up for race day

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Children's University (CU) Newcastle students will be participating in this year's Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival's mini electric vehicle race.

Students looking at solar car

Fourteen teams across six schools from the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions are currently assembling their solar car kits that will be raced at the Cameron Park kart track on Saturday August 13.

CU Newcastle Program Coordinator, Selina Darney, said that the students have responded well to the challenge and are enthusiastic about making their cars the fastest.

“The students have been full of excitement about the car and the festival day where they will compete against almost 20 other schools. The car kits can be assembled in multiple ways so it is up to the student groups to work together and develop the fastest and most durable system possible,” she said.

The car kits are helping students to develop skills in the areas of wiring and circuits, energy systems, design and branding as well as team work and science.

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