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CHALLENGE HEATS UP
Students use skills
and old materials
to make solar ovens
Emmaus Christian School year 8 student Sam Salvair, 14,
checks the temperature of the his group's television dish
parabolic mirror solar oven.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Umbrellas and boxes masked with
aluminum foil were the popular choice
for components to cook up a storm at
the Solar Oven Challenge.
The event, held at UC Lake
Ginninderra College on Thursday,
challenged students from nine schools
to combine science with sustainability.
Event organiser Roger Amey said
the event helped students understand
the science behind how to create heat
through the use of solar energy.
"It's something we've tried to do, to
encourage kids to become more
interested in science right from
primary school all the way through the
years, and also in sustainability -- the
two are closely linked," he said.
An eye-catching design was crafted
by Emmaus Christian School quartet
Robert Cavenagh, Sam Salvair, Daniel
Blackmore and James Taylor, all 14.
Science teacher Peter Willis said the
students had been working on the
project for about five weeks.
"The competition was actually
convenient, in that last term we did
physics in year 8 looking at energy and
energy transformations," he said.
"Everyone really enjoyed it, but
there were a couple of guys that put a
lot of effort into their's and they were
really keen and showed a lot of
The four boys, who showed passion
for the concept, were chosen from
their class to participate in the solar
Encouraged to use recycled
materials and their creativity, the boys
designed and built a mirrored dish
focusing energy to a single point, a
Robert, who was the oven's head
builder, said the project's construction
was a lot of fun.
"I like making stuff. I know how to
weld so it's handy for doing this sort of
thing," he said.
Mr Willis said he would be thrilled
if the boys decided to continue in the
field of science when they finished
Hopefully they will. I'd be really
supportive of them heading into an
area of science. Whatever they're most
passionate about they've definitely got
skills and ability to do that.''
Wave of calls
in cold case
ACT Policing has thanked the
Canberra community for the support
and information provided in the cold
case murder of Irma Palasics in
Detective Senior Constable Jarryd
Dunbar said police had received
more than 30 pieces of information
related to the case from the ACT and
That's a significant response, I
think it's up there with the initial
response that occurred back in
November 1999,'' he said.
Some of that new information
has generated new leads for us, so
we'll certainly be sifting through that
information in the coming weeks just
to determine where that takes us and
where we go from here.
We do ask those people that have
provided us with information but
haven't heard back from us to be
patient as we will get back you.
Our plan is to see where the
information provided takes us and
hopefully in the not too distant future
we'll have some positive results for
the family and the wider Canberra
Senior Detective Dunbar also
urged those people that still had
information but had yet to contact
police to do so.
"Every piece of information is
crucial, your information could be
the piece in the puzzle that helps us
solve this horrendous crime," he said.
Information can be provided
anonymously by contacting Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333000, or via
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