May 16, 2014

Solar power inspires Peel students as they build vehicles for Junior Solar Car Competition

Middle school students from across the Peel District School Board have been hard at work designing and building solar vehicles for the seventh annual Junior Solar Car Competition on May 22. Students have had the opportunity to learn about sustainable energy and practice their engineering skills as they prepare for the competition which will be held at Port Credit Secondary School.

“An important aspect of creating lifelong learners is ensuring students think sustainably,” says Adriano Noro, a teacher at Port Credit and the coordinator of the event. “This competition is a fun and unique experience that develops skills in design, engineering, sustainable energy and science all while inspiring students to think sustainably.”

Awards will be given for first, second and third place in the race, as well as other categories, including team spirit, most knowledgeable about solar power and innovative design. Judges will look to see that students not only made a fast vehicle, but that they were creative and innovative in their approach. 

Notes Abedeen Remtulla, principal at Port Credit, “On race day, teams will race each other and, undoubtedly, unexpected modifications and repairs will have to be made. To ensure solar vehicles can continue their races, teams will have access to a repair station complete with hot glue gun, soldering iron and any other necessary materials. The students’ intensity on race day is amazing and we look forward to hosting this valuable, real-life learning opportunity.”

This competition was founded by Visarat Shaikh seven years ago as a way to give students a hands-on way to get involved in physics and science. Schools from across the board will participate, with a maximum of two teams per school. The competition will begin at 8:45 a.m. on May 22 at Port Credit, located at 70 Mineola Road East in Mississauga. The races are finished at 1:45 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony. For more information, visit  http://bit.ly/portcreditsolar.

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Media contact: Adriano Noro, Teacher at Port Credit Secondary School and Competition Coordinator, [email protected], 905-278-3382
Reference: Matthew Anderson, Communications Assistant, [email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 3567

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