Three St Monica’s College students have made waves in a national science competition, winning a gong in the Australian International Model Solar Challenge with their solar-powered boat.

The boat was built by Paris Mascetti, Ross Alexopoulos and Natalia Straube under the supervision of the Epping school’s VET automotive and technology teacher, Chris Macnaughtan. The competition, held at the University of NSW late last year, drew entries from schools around the country.

St Monica’s College’s boat was entered into the modal solar open boat challenge. The school also entered the solar vehicle category, winning four heats before being eliminated.

Principal Brian Hanley said the students started working on the project early last year.

“This challenge teaches the students how to work together in teams, gain knowledge relevant to renewable energies and learn about the mechanics of solar construction,” he said.