Day 2 of the UNSW Sunsprint Challenge took place in perfect conditions. Clear blue skies and bright sunshine meant we could look forward to a great day of racing.
The Village Green was packed as three events were held simultaneously. The Mini-Sprint for the Primary schools, the Solar Boats and Sunsprint attracted big crowds.
We continued the day with two more rounds of racing before heading into the knockout rounds. One of the big changes to the event was the minimal time needed for scrutineering and this resulted in more racing. A much better format for the students.
At the end of the round racing a number of teams from both St Clare’s and Cathedral realised the solar maximisers were not efficient given only one solar panel of power was being produced. All teams decided to pull the maximisers before the knockout rounds and increase the gearing ratio.
It was amazing to see students who had no idea about power output and gearing ratios last week suddenly discussing the best gearing options for their cars. The collaboration between teams across both Colleges and the learning that took place over the two days was simply amazing.
If only we could bring this back to the classroom!
The Knockout rounds brought disappointment for a number of teams. Of the St Clare’s teams only ‘Chicken Rocket’ made it through to Round 2 while a couple of the Cathedral teams progressed to Round 3, just missing the top 8.
Overall it was a fabulous two days of fun and learning and we all are looking forward to being back with faster cars in 2018.