STAWELL - Students at Stawell West Primary School were fortunate to receive a visit from representatives of Stawell Gold Mines to discuss the annual Pushcart Challenge.
The school conducts the Pushcart Challenge each year for grades five and six students, in the lead up to the RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge in Maryborough.
Stawell Gold Mines is a major sponsor of the Pushcart Challenge and assists students with the construction and modification of carts for both challenges.
Aiden Leahy from Lenzone was also on hand as another major sponsor.
Discussion took place throughout the morning on suggested modifications that could be made by mine staff to the carts to make them easier to operate for students.
Some of the challenges raised included having students who were very tall and some who were not so tall.
Options of having hand brakes rather than foot brakes, steering wheels as opposed to handle bars and even rear wheel steering against front wheel steering were raised by the students.
A rise in the level of comfort for 'drivers' in the carts was also seen as an important issue.
Three representatives from Stawell Gold Mines, Bryan, Jake and Jaymen, took all the suggestions on board and agreed to assist the students with developing new and modified carts for this year's Pushcart Challenge.
Teams strive hard to win the Pushcart Challenge each year, so they can qualify to represent the school in the annual Energy Breakthrough Challenge at Maryborough - A very demanding but rewarding challenge for the students.
The Pushcart Challenge is scheduled for tomorrow at the front of the school in Cooper Street, with the Energy Breakthrough Challenge being held over the weekend of November 22-24.