Best year for school sun crafts
JOHN Costigan has been to every Australian International Solar Challenge, but he believes 2005 was Shalom College's best performance.
Shalom College received three placings at this year's challenge in Melbourne with a team of Year 8 boys the most successful.
Mr Costigan, who is the school's Solar Challenge co-ordinator, said Ben Hughes, Callum Trament, Domick Woodland and Jack Murphy won the intermediate division of the boat challenge with their craft Lil Ruddiga.
"This year we took our biggest team down and it was our best ever result," Mr Costigan said.
It was also a great life experience for the students as well, giving the Year 8 boys the chance to tour Melbourne.
"Me and Callum haven't been on a plane before and I haven't been out of the state, so that was pretty exciting,"Ben said.
The boys said they planned to build a car and a boat for next year's challenge.
Mr Costigan said the competition provided students with invaluable engineering experience.