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STEM WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS

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- Learn more about workshops: thecube.qut.edu.au/education

ECONDARY school groups are invited to participat­e in free, curriculum-mapped STEM workshops in the Science and Engineerin­g Centre at QUT’s Gardens Point campus, Brisbane. Workshops include:

JUNIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS

Create your own solar system

Students will learn about astrophysi­cs, the life cycle of stars and habitable zones using our solar system as a guide. They will then design their own solar system with a habitable zone and populate it with planets, moons, comets and rockets.

Sustainabl­e energy futures

Acting as energy experts, students explore different renewable energy sources through interactiv­e activities and assess their suitabilit­y for their allocated country, based on geographic­al data.

SENIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS

Thermo-chemistry and rockets

Using the Cube, students investigat­e rocket fuel ratios, determine exhaust velocity, thrust and specific impulse, then decide which fuel provides the most effective means of lift and why.

Balancing forces: rocket science

Students explore the effect of Newton’s and Kepler’s laws, how rocket mass, fuel mass, specific impulse, thrust and burn time affect the trajectory of rockets and what happens when it goes wrong.

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