Schools Kids to collect climate data for CSIRO scientists for BWSC Outreach Program presented by Flinders University
28 Aug 2019
Today it was back to school for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and Flinders University Outreach team.
Sharing the message of how understanding and learning about STEM, (science,
technology, engineering and mathematics) can lead to a better world, they joined Year 6 school
students at St Francis Primary School in Lockleys, Adelaide, to launch the 2019 Bridgestone World
Solar Challenge (BWSC) Outreach Program presented by Flinders University.
The Program will be rolled out to 10 schools between Adelaide and Darwin whose students will collect key weather data for Senior CSIRO Scientists. St Francis Lockleys students have been helping to pilot
the interactive activities and will learn how to use the collected data to monitor and predict
performance results of the solar cars, including how far the cars will travel in a day, and when they are
likely to arrive at the finish line.
During today’s visit, students were treated to a first-hand preview of the Flinders University solar car,
soon to take on the 3,000-kilometre journey across the outback in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar
Challenge, as well as a practical demonstration of solar forecasting and weather monitoring
Find out more about the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Outreach Program presented by Flinders University here.
Event Director Chris Selwood said the 2019 BWSC Outreach Program presented by Flinders
University and supported by the CSIRO and past event winners, the Aurora Solar Car team, targets
students as the next generation asking for a more sustainable future.
‘It’s exciting to see the range of activities with the program, back on a larger scale this year, following
the popularity of our work in 2017,’ Mr Selwood said.
’The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is an inspiring event that connects students of all ages to
STEM learning. We are appreciative of the opportunity to encourage and engage schools with the
world of STEM through our partners, Flinders University, and the CSIRO,‘ he said.
Flinders University STEM Outreach Officer, Carrie Moss, a qualified teacher and ecologist, said this
year’s practical, hands-on sessions have been expanded to include sky cameras and monitoring
equipment provided by the CSIRO.
‘The Flinders University and Aurora Solar Car team members will be showing students at schools from
Adelaide to Darwin, how to measure, monitor and interpret climate and renewable energy data. They
also get to see a working solar car, the ‘Aurora Evolution’,’ Ms Moss said.
‘We’ll be showing students how to ‘report’ their data and live-stream weather information from their
locations onto the BWSC website. Students will be able to pick a solar team, monitor.
St Francis Lockleys, Principal, Rick Favilla, said students were looking forward to their role as official equipment testers and using the new monitoring equipment to track the amount of solar energy BWSC teams could expect during the Challenge.
‘Seeing a solar car first-hand and using real equipment is a practical way to engage students with STEM themes and encourage them to think about the role renewable energy can play in a more sustainable future. Especially relevant as these students are likely be the first generation to drive cars that don’t rely on fossil fuels,’ Mr Favilla said.
The free BWSC Learning Guide has already been downloaded by students all over the world. Download the FREE BWSC Learning Guide here.
The 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge takes place from Darwin to Adelaide, South Australia from 13-20 October.