Paul Wellington - Chair of the AIMSCOver the last twenty two years tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program. Each student experiences the excitement of competition and, almost without knowing it, fills his or her mind with knowledge.

The competitive spirit is an effective motivator and science, engineering and design & technology teachers all over Australia have classes filled with extraordinarily enthusiastic students building model solar cars and boats. Not only is the learning fun but the learning outcomes are tremendous. Teachers report how students motivated by the competition build an intuitive knowledge of the sciences that permeates the classroom.

It may be surprising but winning the national competition doesn't mean that you had the fastest or best model solar car on the day. Each team is interviewed and is given points for the answers to science based questions illustrating the team's understanding of how solar cells work, how motors sturn electricity into motion and why and how gears are used. The team is then interviewed regarding the merits and trade-offs of their design. A poster describing the team's work is also scored. At the end of the event these points are added to points given for the car's performance in the race and the winning team is the one with the most points.

Model solar boats are ideal for the younger students. These are far simpler to build but the thrill of competition and the learning outcomes are just as great.

The national event brings together all of the Australian state and territory champions and, when financially possible, top entries from other countries.

On the personal side, I have the privilege of having taught university students who have come through this program. This is a remarkable and fulfilling experience seeing these students in my classes.

Lastly, we are greatly appreciative of funding from our sponsors. It is only through the generous support of our national sponsors that this work can be done.

Paul Wellington

The 2015 National Event

Results from the 2015 event held in Victoria Square, Adelaide SA are published below.


 Team NameSchoolState
1st Place.50 CaliberStrathfield South High SchoolNSW
2nd PlaceArmageddonNew Town High SchoolTAS
3rd PlaceD.A.R.C.Box Hill High SchoolVIC
4th PlacePhotonRosny CollegeTAS
Best Overall Team EffortD.A.R.C.Box Hill High SchoolVIC
Best EngineeredNostromoJohn Monash Science SchoolVIC
Best Poster
Humpty-04Kingswood CollegeVIC
Best Poster (Honourable Mention)Triumph GTCKao Ying Industrial & Commercial Vocational High SchoolTAIWAN
Best Poster (Honourable Mention)Racing Sportsman GTCKao Ying Industrial & Commercial Vocational High SchoolTAIWAN
Best InterviewBulletSt. Mary's Cathedral CollegeNSW
Best Interview (Honourable Mention)Humpty-04Kingswood CollegeVIC
Most Spectacular CrashDesert SpeedSt. Philip's CollegeNT


Advanced Boats 

 Team NameSchoolState
1st PlaceMongoSurf Coast Secondary CollegeVIC
2nd PlaceWenona Yr 11Wenona SchoolNSW
3rd PlaceBlitz IINew Town High SchoolTAS
4th PlaceCoolioWenona SchoolNSW
Best PosterWenona Yr 11Wenona SchoolNSW 
Best PosterMongoSurf Coast Secondary CollegeVIC


Junior Boats

 Team NameSchoolState
1st PlaceSea ShepherdBannockburn Primary SchoolVIC
2nd PlaceAqua FlashBannockburn Primary SchoolVIC
3rd PlaceGettiWaverley Meadows Primary SchoolVIC
4th PlaceZoomer 000Portarlington Primary SchoolVIC
Best Team UniformPoseidonYarraville West Primary SchoolVIC
Best Poster


Yarraville West Primary SchoolVIC
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