Paul Wellington - Chair of the AIMSCOver the last twenty two years tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program. Each student experiences the excitement of competition and, almost without knowing it, fills his or her mind with knowledge.

The competitive spirit is an effective motivator and science, engineering and design & technology teachers all over Australia have classes filled with extraordinarily enthusiastic students building model solar cars and boats. Not only is the learning fun but the learning outcomes are tremendous. Teachers report how students motivated by the competition build an intuitive knowledge of the sciences that permeates the classroom.

It may be surprising but winning the national competition doesn't mean that you had the fastest or best model solar car on the day. Each team is interviewed and is given points for the answers to science based questions illustrating the team's understanding of how solar cells work, how motors sturn electricity into motion and why and how gears are used. The team is then interviewed regarding the merits and trade-offs of their design. A poster describing the team's work is also scored. At the end of the event these points are added to points given for the car's performance in the race and the winning team is the one with the most points.

Model solar boats are ideal for the younger students. These are far simpler to build but the thrill of competition and the learning outcomes are just as great.

The national event brings together all of the Australian state and territory champions and, when financially possible, top entries from other countries.

On the personal side, I have the privilege of having taught university students who have come through this program. This is a remarkable and fulfilling experience seeing these students in my classes.

Lastly, we are greatly appreciative of funding from our sponsors. It is only through the generous support of our national sponsors that this work can be done.

Paul Wellington

2018 Event

The 2018 Australian-International Model Solar Challenge will be held at UNSW in Sydney, Australia in on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 2018.

Full details for the event are available in our Event Information Pack here.

You can register now on our Registrations page.

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The 2017 National Event

The 2017 Australian-International Model Solar Challenge was held in South Australia at Hamilton Secondary College on the 25th and 26th of November.

Thank you to all competitors, teachers, parents and volunteers for making this year's event a success. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year.

Results from the 2017 event held at Hamilton Secondary College, Adelaide SA are published below.


 Team NameSchoolState
Best Overall PerformanceCheetahBox Hill High SchoolVIC
1st PlaceCheetahBox Hill High SchoolVIC
2nd PlaceToma HawkStrathfield South High SchoolNSW
3rd PlaceGround EagleAustralian Science and Mathematics SchoolSA
4th Place5UNT4N LOT10NBox Hill High SchoolVIC
Best EngineeredPrincipleEr Xin High SchoolTAIWAN
Best Poster
DartSt. Lukes CollegeWA
Best Interview1Forrest1John Forrest Secondary CollegeWA
Most Spectacular CrashTurbo XGirrawheen Senior High SchoolWA
Outta TimeAll Saints GrammarNSW


Advanced Boats 

 Team NameSchoolState
1st PlaceThe CarOvernewton Anglican Community CollegeVIC
2nd PlaceBeefyOvernewton Anglican Community CollegeVIC
3rd PlaceBillanook 2Billanook CollegeVIC
4th PlaceMWSC SolarMount Waverley Secondary CollegeVIC
Best Engineered BoatMaelstromHamilton Secondary CollegeSA
Best PosterTurbo XGirrawheen Senior High SchoolWA
Best Novice Entry Hamilton Secondary CollegeSA


Junior Boats

 Team NameSchoolState
1st PlaceSpeeding DemonsYarraville West Primary SchoolVIC
2nd PlaceSea ShockersCongupna Primary SchoolVIC
3rd PlaceSolar SmashersCongupna Primary SchoolVIC
4th PlaceSupersonic SoundwaveYarraville West Primary SchoolVIC
Best Poster

Speeding Demons

Yarraville West Primary SchoolVIC
Best Use of Recycled Materials

Sea Shockers & Solar Smashers

Congupna Primary SchoolVIC
Best Captain and Crew

Speeding Demons

Yarraville West Primary SchoolVIC
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