September 19, 2013
The University of New South Wales Sunswift Solar Racing team uses the Volta Racer and eVe to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers!
The internationally recognized Sunswift solar car racing program (http://www.sunswift.com) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia recently debuted their revolutionary new solar racer “eVe”. The eVe not only inspires with its stunning design but also demonstrates long-term ecological sustainability. The students who volunteer their efforts to Sunswift created eVe in the hopes of capturing another team championship at the 2013 World Solar Challenge (WSC) – the pinnacle event for solar racing.
At this year’s WSC taking place in October (http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/) teams from top universities and private institutions around the world will compete in a 3,000 km race across Australia’s Outback from Darwin to Adelaide relying solely on the sun’s energy to power their cars. This year, eVe races in the ‘cruiser’ class, a class that rewards entrants for incorporating practical motoring features into their advanced solar technology vehicles.
Sunswift has teamed with ToyLabs to impart these invaluable science lessons to school kids. The Sunswift team uses the Volta Racer (http://www.ToyLabs.com) to share their passion and to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers through a series of hands-on workshops located at the University of New South Wales Engineering School and at various location en-route to WSC. During the workshops kids get to build the Volta Racer and learn about Sunswift’s innovative work on eVe. UNSW engineering student and Sunswift Project Director ‘Alex To’ went so far as to liken the Volta Racer to a “miniature version of the car we build. Both vehicles, in fact, use the same direct solar to power conversion methods to provide electricity to their motors. The Volta Racers allow these kids to have a practical hands-on experience building their very own electric car while learning about basic mechanical engineering, electronics and using solar as a sustainable energy application”.
ToyLabs founder ‘Tim Curley’ is honored to lend his support to Sunswift’s efforts. “ToyLab’s wants to help inspire kids to become the world’s next generation of scientists and engineers – just like the extremely bright students at UNSW working on eVe. The eVe team’s important work on eVe is already impacting the way in which automotive designers, manufacturers and consumers think about the use of sustainable energy resources for powering vehicles. The team’s use of the Volta Racer to help impart these invaluable lessons to school kids is just what we’d imagined when we developed the Volta Racer. We hope school teachers and parents alike will adopt into their own curriculums these kinds of practical hands-on learning experiences for their students and kids. If we can help teachers and parents impart these important lessons in a way that is fun and exciting – then we’re doing a good thing.”
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Sunswift is Australia’s premier solar car racing team from Sydney’s University of New South Wales. Sunswift is a student-lead volunteer project, which comprises of students from across the spectrum of courses at UNSW, including Engineering, Business, Science and Industrial Design. Since our formation in 1995, we’ve been passionate about building and racing solar powered vehicles. Sunswift holds two Gu