University of New South Wales' solar car team Sunswift rolls into Armidale High School

A world record-breaking electric car is touring the region’s schools to challenge young minds into what is possible with renewable technology.

The Sunswift solar car at Armidale High School.

The Sunswift solar car at Armidale High School.

Armidale High School students rubbed shoulders with some of the country’s top emerging engineers from the University of New South Wales on Monday.

Students had a hands-on look at the 320 kilogram car and were even able to build their own solar vehicles.

Year 7 science student Flynn Fisher-Watson said it was good to see a car with green technology up close.

“The car is important because it uses renewable energy, is more efficient and is better for the environment,” he said.

A science teacher for more than 20 years, Peter Laffan said the level of information and technology available to the current student was phenomenal.

“This sort of stuff is inspiring,” he said.

"It just engages their minds.
“It’s not a flash looking car in terms of its finish, but that does matter – it's a bit like some of our science experiments really.”

The Sunswift solar car at Armidale High School.

The Sunswift solar car at Armidale High School.

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