Solar Cell Challenge | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

We are excited to announce that we are running the

Exciton Science Solar Cell Challenge again in 2021!

Unfortunately registrations are temporarily on hold. Please email with any enquiries.

Get hands-on with science and convert light into electricity.  This challenge gets you thinking critically around manipulating and adjusting experimental variables and experimenting carefully to produce your very own light to electricity conversion device.  It's not easy though- so you will need your thinking and patience hats on.  And, while you work, make sure you capture evidence of your experimentation so that you can send it in to us and receive prizes! 

Who is the challenge for?

Any students in Years 7-10 can enter the Solar Cell Challenge in teams of 2-3 students.  Please note that the challenge is not easy to complete, so is especially suitable for STEM clubs and accelerated programs.

Remember, your TEACHER must enter you and your team mates into the challenge.  

When will the challenge run?

In 2021, you can enter the challenge at any time of the year!  Teachers can register to get kits sent to your school from February-November 2021. 

Find out more about our Key dates or download our Teacher Information pack to find out more.

Can I do the challenge at home?

Unfortunately not- its fairly difficult to do this challenge at home as much of the equipment required is found in your school's science laboratory (along with a few of the extra reagents).  Plus, you will want a trained professional (your teacher) around to help ensure you're being safe!

What is provided?

Exciton Science will send you the two difficult to aquire materials for the challenge, but you need to provide the rest.  The list can be found in the Teacher Information pack.

But GUESS WHAT... In 2021, we are also offering you the presence (in person or online) of one of our team members to help introduce solar cells and the challenge to your students.  This will be an approximately 30 mins session that you can book in by letting us know when you fill in the registration form.