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Dates Confirmed for New-Look Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge which puts the NT on the world stage, pushes the limits of technological innovation and captures the imaginations of Territory school kids will run its expanded program from 22-30 October, 2021.

The biennial event challenges secondary and tertiary students from over 20 countries to undertake the 3,000-kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide, travelling the outback in their self-engineered and designed solar powered electrical vehicles.

Next year the event will be held later than usual to capitalise on the school terms in the Northern Territory and South Australia, incorporating an expanded school engagement program and an industry program.

Under the school engagement program, Territory students will learn how science and technology can be both entertaining and educational, and will be invited to take part in all elements of the event, including the scrutineering process.

The industry program will provide learning and networking opportunities for Territory businesses, offering a series of keynote presentations focusing on the latest in technology, innovation and sustainability.

Regulation changes and volunteer registrations for next year’s event are now live. Visit www.worldsolarchallenge.org for more information.

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a unique event that brings the disciplines of science and technology to life, and sees them make their way through the heart of the Territory.

“The Northern Territory Government continues to support the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to ensure it keeps growing as a participant and spectator event, not only promoting the Territory as a safe drive destination on the world stage, but acknowledging the growing importance of renewable technology in the economy, promoting sustainable transport through technological innovation and nurturing the skills needed both locally and internationally.

“This is an internationally recognised event that sees teams from all over the world invest time and money in Darwin before setting off down the Stuart Highway. Last year 22 countries took part with teams spending weeks in our city before they set off, and the iconic drive was streamed across the world.

“Next year’s event will feature an extensive school engagement program helping students to learn more about the science and technology behind the event, and an industry program that will discuss the latest innovations.” 

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