A team of children from Ardingly College and their renowned Science Department have collaborated with Ifield Community College in an Independent / State School partnership to build a new solar car which will compete in the prestigious world-famous Solar Car race, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC), held in Australia in October. Solar Car competitors undertake a 3000km race from Darwin to Adelaide, across the outback, which tests both the advanced technologies of the car and the students’ resolve and tenacity!
His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, is patron of the project and the Prince was full of praise for the students’ efforts to pursue a sustainable transport solution and for their commitment in the STEM field.
The new solar car has undergone a considerable upgrade with students from both schools giving up their free time to work on Saturdays making the car both lighter and more aerodynamic. If successful at this October’s 2019 BWSC Australian race, Ardingly College Solar will be the first UK and first school team to complete the full 3000km.
Lev Petrov, the student head of the project, thanked Prince Albert II of Monaco for his backing: “This achievement is only possible due to the patronage and support by HSH Prince Albert II’s Monaco foundation and the help of our industrial and university sponsors. We are very grateful for all the support and dedication we’re being given in our unique endeavour not only to race our car across Australia, but also to try to produce a prototype for a flat-packed solar car for schools to construct and sell in developing countries.”
Prince Albert II of Monaco praised the project: “I wish the solar car team every success with the new solar car. This vehicle is the symbol of the youth which has brought it to this point, and for those young people who are keen to address critical environmental issues. I want to thank the students from Ardingly College and Ifield College for lucidly grasping the inspiring issues of our world, with the immense potential of innovation which is opening before us. For all these reasons, I was keen to have my Foundation support this project."
Callum Porter, a student at Ifield Community College said: “This project has shown me that any student can pursue any career, no matter what school they come from. I love being given the chance to work on a project which enables me to make links with a wide variety of different people and can’t wait to get the car ready for Australia.”
Dr Andrew Spiers, Director of Ardingly Solar Project added: “I could never have dreamt we would be where we are now with the Ardingly Solar Project. The enthusiasm, energy and tenacity of the students is breathtaking. It gives me great pride to watch the pupils from both schools learn every day and see their confidence grow through what they are learning with the solar car. Watch this space over the next few years!”