FIJI POWER 2016 - YEAR 9 & 10 STUDENT COMPETITION (on now):
Design an energy-efficient backup system for a remote Fijian medical centre, and then head there to install it! Find out how here.
Fiji Power is a renewable energy competition for Australian students and teachers. The 2016 competition closes on July 31st.
Teachers can also apply to be part of the trip!
Read the comments from one of last year's winners here:
Your Task at a Glance (for students)...
We need power! If you are a Year 9 or 10 student, research and submit proposals for a reliable renewable energy supply for a remote Fijian medical centre and you could be on your way to Fiji to help install it. Investigate hydro, solar thermal and other renewable energy supplies, and tell us what you think would work and why. It's FREE to enter!
Fiji Power addresses two key challenges for beneficiaries in both Australia and Fiji: disengagement with science in Australian students, and life-threatening challenges posed by reliance on faulty diesel/gas powered systems at remote medical centres in Fiji. We use an online educational competition to engage Australian high school students to create innovative renewable energy solutions for the Fijian problems. The winning students are then sent with our expert team to install their renewable power solutions in remote areas in Fiji, learning on the ground and reporting their experiences back to online school audiences watching in Australia. This program has strong social, educational and environmental benefits, through an internationally collaborative portal with exciting online engagement for a much-wider educational audience than the participants on their own. Medical centres are a community focal point in Fiji, and each centre benefits thousands of people and families in the surrounding regions.
A video of some of the 2015 Fiji Power trip:
An article from the Fijian Ministry of Health:
A glimpse of an upcoming Bookend project: