REACH­ING FOR THE STAR

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - An­nie Caughey An­nie.Caughey@sc­news.com.au

SKY HIGH: Bud­dina State School stu­dents, in­clud­ing Aria, Lau­ren and Ju­lian, have been work­ing with stu­dents from the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast to make and launch rock­ets.

STU­DENTS as young as grade four have taken on high-school level sci­ence at Bud­dina Pri­mary School as part of a pro­gram im­ple­mented by the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast.

Bud­dina ex­cel­lence pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Jodie Tip­pet said the jump from pri­mary level cur­ricu­lum to high school, can of­ten be over­whelm­ing for stu­dents, which un­for­tu­nately can lead to dis­en­gage­ment. In a bid to close this gap she cre­ated a new sci­ence pro­gram along­side Pro­fes­sor Tim Stro­hfeldt from USC.

For six weeks, 16 stu­dents from grades four to six worked un­der the watch­ful eyes of USC sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents on a pro­ject that in­tro­duced them to con­cepts usu­ally ex­plored in grade seven. To­gether the group built 15 high-fly­ing rock­ets and as a re­sult, the ju­niors learnt about dif­fer­ent as­pects of rocket sci­ence such as wind re­sis­tance, flight paths and op­pos­ing forces.

The the­ory was put into prac­tice last Thurs­day as the ea­ger Bud­dina stu­dents were given the chance to launch their rock­ets, in which all suc­cess­fully took off with some reach­ing heights up to 70 me­tres. Mrs Tip­pet said the pro­gram is mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial as it builds an aca­demic bridge for chil­dren pro­gress­ing from years six to seven, whilst also giv­ing the teach­ers to be a prac­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing of the abil­i­ties of the chil­dren they are likely to teach once qual­i­fied.

“For the univer­sity it’s giv­ing them more of an un­der­stand­ing where the chil­dren are at and for our kids, it’s giv­ing them higher level learn­ing we can’t do.”

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

LIFTOFF: Bud­dina State School stu­dents have been work­ing with Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast stu­dents to make and launch rock­ets. Grade five stu­dents, Au­tummn and Jayde are pic­tured with Me­laine Brown.

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