REACHING FOR THE STAR
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.”
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.