Dubbo College South students build solar-powered charger

EASY: Students Haylee Burton and Lachlan Donovan charging their phones while teacher Peter Dickson and general assistant Darrell Hines look on. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
EASY: Students Haylee Burton and Lachlan Donovan charging their phones while teacher Peter Dickson and general assistant Darrell Hines look on. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Students at Dubbo College South Campus have designed and constructed a way to charge their mobile phones through solar power.

The solar-powered charging station was developed by Year 10 science students, under the guidance of science teacher Joshy Alexander and TAS teacher Peter Dickson.

 Mr Dickerson said the school strictly supervised the use of mobile phones but their existence and importance to students was a reality of modern-day life.

 “We thought it would be good to set up this charging station, which contains 20 ports, for the students with phone that may be running low on charge,” he said.

There’s a solar panel on the the school’s roof with generated sun-power running through a regulator to the docking bay.

There’s also a battery in line to store the power generated by the sun.

Year 9 student Haylee Burton said the mobile phone charging station was very convenient and she would definitely make use of it before school, as well as during recess and lunch.

Lachlan Donovan, a Year 7 student, said he was impressed the facility was powered from renewable energy and was extremely cost-efficient.

“I think it’s a great idea and I will definitely be making use of it,” he said.

“It’s a good project and something that will really benefit students at South Campus.”

The project was funded through a $2000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) grant as part of the Fair Education program.