The Model Solar Vehicle Challenge would not be the successful competition it is today without the help of many community partners.
Swinburne University of Technology - Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences
Swinburne University of Technology Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences supports the Challenge as it gives students the experience of all the fundamental elements of engineering – design, construction, optimization, performance. The Swinburne Professional Learning Model states “Students ‘learn by doing’ by a major emphasis throughout their study on industry-based, problem-based and project-based learning, intended to engage and excite the new generation of students.” The Model Solar Vehicle Challenge is a great first step in exciting project based learning in which solving construction and performance problems is absolutely central.
Museum Victoria - Scienceworks
Scienceworks, the Museum of Victoria's Science and Technology Centre, has hosted the event since 1991, even before it opened its doors to the public. Scienceworks has been a major contributor to the project providing an ideal venue with great exhibits to be seen by students, teachers and parents, especially if the event is held on a rainy day. The help which the committee receives from Scienceworks staff on organisation and publicity throughout the year is invaluable. Scienceworks’ website states that it’s aim is “Making learning about science a fun and interactive adventure” – just as the VMSVC aims although of course with a much more limited focus.
State Government of Victoria - Department of Primary Industries
Engineers Australia is the key professional society for all Australian engineers. Their website cites their Climate Change and Energy Policy which states “Engineers Australia believes that Australia must act swiftly and proactively in line with global expectations to address climate change as an economic, social and environmental risk. Engineers will continue to lead capacity building to innovate for more sustainable, eco-efficient and less polluting outcomes in engineering practice.”
The engineers of the future, such as those currently entering the Model Solar Vehicle Challenge are the ones who will be central to achieving these goals.
Below are community supporters of our event.
City of Booroondara
City of Stonnington
The Rotary Foundation