On Friday 27th November, Petar Nikolic and Blake Nikolic had the pleasure of presenting a talk to the Year 3 students of Beaudesert Primary about rockets and space travel.
We were impressed by the enthusiasm shown by the students, their attentiveness and how well behaved they were. The students had been studying a unit on space travel and rockets. The effort the students have put into this project and enjoyment shown by them is indeed a credit to the motivation provided by Leonie Armstrong and her fellow year 3 teachers.
The students made a variety of model rockets that were propelled by air, water and chemical power. Some students even made costumes as scientists or astronauts. After our presentation and live firing of some model rockets, the students demonstrated to us how their rockets worked. The morning’s activities culminated in a morning tea consisting of food with a space theme.
This obviously was a wonderful and meaningful learning experience for the students. Petar is a retired science/maths teacher. In his words: “It is pleasing to see the work of the dedicated staff at Beaudesert Primary. I thank Leonie for contacting us and allowing us to be part of this enriching experience.”
Petar spoke about the history of space travel using models of the Saturn V and the Space Shuttle. Blake showed the students how model rockets work. The students were very responsive and asked some great questions.
The oohs and ahs as the rockets were launched after the students did the countdown is always great to hear.
One of the teacher’s present is very keen to start a rocket club at the school next year. We look forward to helping him in this endeavour.