Solar Boat Twente and the Stedelijk Lyceum Kottenpark start 2020 with a unique development opportunity for high school students: Young Solar Boat Twente. This year, 14 students from the Kottenpark Lyceum will devote themselves to building a solar boat for the Young Solar Challenge. With the Young Solar Boat team, the Solar Boat Twente student team hopes to inspire the even younger generation in terms of technology, innovation and sustainable transport.
Young Solar Boat Twente
About a week ago the students of the Stedelijk Lyceum Kottenpark from Enschede met for the first time in the Classroom of the Future at the University of Twente. Here, together with their supervisors and a number of members of the Solar Boat Twente student team, they have taken the first steps to participate in the first race of the Young Solar Challenge in May. In the afternoon, various groups discussed what should happen in the field of technology, communication and organization in the coming period. At the end of the afternoon, the students presented to their parents what is involved in putting together a solar boat and what they will be doing in the coming period.
“Many different Young Solar Boat teams can already be found in the northern provinces, but in Twente this is unique,” says Xavier Roosendaal, team manager of Solar Boat Twente. “We are therefore very pleased that the Stedelijk Lyceum Kottenpark is just as enthusiastic as we are to set up a Young Solar Boat Twente team,” continues Roosendaal. Debby Vuurpijl, teacher at the school and supervisor of the team, is also very happy with the initiative. “I am proud that we were able to set up this team in such a short time and that so many students are enthusiastic to participate in the project,” said Vuurpijl. The 14 students who participate in the project all do this in addition to their regular lessons, and therefore do this project in their free time.
Young Solar Challenge
The Young Solar Challenge is a competition consisting of three solar boat races, in which teams of high school students from all over the country participate. All teams participating in the competition receive a solar boat kit that they will assemble themselves. From making and laminating the hull to installing the electrical system in the solar boat. Not only do the students learn much in the technical field, they can also learn a lot in terms of organization, communication and collaboration. The young people have to register for the races, but also all other organizational matters around the races have to be arranged; such as transport, food and sleeping places. To ensure that everything can be realized, the students should also look for companies that can sponsor them with materials, knowledge or a financial contribution. The students are supervised by two teachers from the school and are supported by members of the Solar Boat Twente team. “They can always come to us for advice and assistance,” says Roosendaal. “But most of it, they will really have to do themselves, that’s the whole idea of the project.”
The first race for the Young Solar Boat Twente team will take place on 10 and 11 May in Harlingen. More information about the competition and the dates of the other races can be found on the website of the Young Solar Challenge.