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The 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will officially start in Darwin on Sunday 13 October and finish on 20 October in Adelaide with the Event Awards Ceremony. The world’s biggest solar challenge began in 1987 and is a 3,000 km endurance adventure that occurs once every two years making this year's every the 15th crossing of Australia. Teams entering the World Solar...

Clement Lu, a STEAM educator at Casey Tech School near Melbourne has designed a spacer bracket that he uses to hold the STELR lamp in place, effectively keeping the ‘sun’ locked in place at the same angle during Sustainable Housing investigations. The 3D printable brackets hold the lamp at a fixed angle. They are little spacer blocks that slide up in...

This year’s Sustainable House Day is coming up on Sunday 15th September between 10am and 4pm. Over 250 home owners open their houses to the public and talk about their own house deign. You need to register on-line at the Sustainable House Day website to obtain the house addresses near you....

STELR and the Australian Power Institute are trialing a 6-week program to introduce students in Year 2 to STEM activities and STEM careers. Called “A Day in the Life of a Seven-Year-Old”, the 6-lesson program aims to encourage curiosity in year 2 students in all schools across Australia by providing adaptable, practical and skills-based STEM related activities within their curriculum to raise awareness around future...

Whilst on a driving holiday around southern parts of Western Australia, I took the opportunity to run a STELR professional learning session in Esperance. The Esperance Anglican Community School has been requesting a session for some years, but unfortunately their remoteness has made it difficult to help up until now. Head of Science, Cheryl Bottrell hosted the session which was...

CSIRO is again running the Indigenous STEM Awards to recognise the Achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Professionals and students, as well as schools, teachers and mentors working in Indigenous STEM Education. There are 12 awards in seven categories and nominations are open from 2 September 2019 until 27 September 2019. For further details and nominations, go to the CSIRO...

Do you know a science and technology entrepreneur? Someone who has commercialised technology? Or someone who had led the adoption of technology? Each year the Academy of Technology and Engineering recognises the contributions by dedicated individuals who have shared their vision and knowledge with others to apply technology for the benefit of Australia. There are three categories of awards: Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of...

Every year one of STELR's principal sponsors, the Australian Power Institute (API), awards bursaries to up to 25 students who have commenced engineering degrees in fields related to power engineering. The bursarys provide a cash grant as well as valuable opportunities including paid vacation work in member companies, networking events and advice regarding job applications and interviews. Peter Pentland attended the...

A British start-up company, called Arborea, has developed a type of green solar panel that does not produce electricity. Instead, the panels, which contain micro algae, diatoms and phytoplankton, clean carbon dioxide from the air while producing biomass that can be used for food production. The company claims that a panel that has the same surface are as a tree, can...

Back in December 2018, STELR News called for expressions of interest for a study on the durability of CSIRO’s printed flexible solar panels in a ‘non-laboratory’ environment.  STELR has collaborated with CSIRO and Stanford University to conduct the study, which has a secondary aim to develop awareness of this next generation solar technology. Thin, flexible solar panels are gaining attention worldwide as...