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The Solar Challenge Isle of Man 2019

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Practical Action are a charity aiming to improve the lives of people in developing countries around the world who are living in water deprived areas. The Isle of Man government have funded some work in Zimbabwe to install solar cells to supply electricity. The One World Centre have collaborated with Practical Action to run a competition on the Island to raise awareness of their work and fundraising efforts. The competition required students to study solar cells and to think about how to utilise them and possibly improve the lives and opportunities of those who live there.

The students were tasked with designing a solar powered solution to address one of the problems that people living in rural Zimbabwe experience when there is no access to electricity. A number of students who attend Engineering Society on Monday lunchtime worked on a wide range of proposals. Grace Templer and Maeve Wilson decided to design a mechanised system to transport water from a well to where it is needed where traditionally people would carry it by hand. They had to design their system and explain their decisions, at all times bearing in mind the limitations of location this is to be used and that the cost needs to be kept low. They entered their project in the competition and we are extremely pleased that they are the overall winners.

They have each won a WHSmith voucher and STEM book and the school will receive £100 of STEM equipment. Wendy Shimmin from the One World Centre came to present Grace and Maeve with their prizes.