Fifty students from St Albans and St Augustine's LEAP school have come together to build a Solar Car.
The team is called Sonke, (which means together) will compete in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, starting in Pretoria on 22 Sept and finishing in Cape Town on 30 September.
The students have designed and assembled the car themselves from scratch. A steering committee of parents, staff and Old Boys has been set up yo guide them.
The team has held 4 special build camps in the Science block to prepare for the Sasol Solar Challenge. In this space they have designed the car and tested the different systems They have learnt how to solder, crimp, connect batteries and panels, as well as build parts out of fibre glass. The telemetry team have programmed and built a radio module which send important information about the state of the battery to the strategy team who travel in convoy with the Solar car.
Starting out with a small wooden model built by the boys, the chassis was welded by an engineering firm, the car is now in the final assembly stage and ready to be painted.
10 of the Sonke learners will be assisting Sasol with solar power demonstrations to schools along the way. The purpose is to inspire the next generation of engineers.
The community has embraced this moonshot opportunity and offered much support. With frugal innovative use of the resources available, the team is aiming to reaching the finish line of this challenge, and learn from the experience so we can be better next time!