The Solar Challenge encourages young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by showing what can be done with these subjects. The solar vehicles – from their aerodynamic design, to the telemetry used to plan their path, to the energy-converting technology, are impressive visual representations of the STEM subjects in action. 

Education programmes that run concurrently with the challenge educate young people in the principles of science, technology, engineering, innovation, teamwork and business; and promotes collaboration between students, industry and government. 

During the event, university students get an opportunity to practically apply the science and technology theory they’ve learnt at school or university, and South African students get a chance to test their engineering skills against some of the best solar car teams in the world.