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.
Crowd was around 300+ so quite managable. We had a small scout group in attendance also.
Special congrats go to Leigh for his successful L1 and Ben G for his L2, well done guys indeed !
Wind made the recovery trips longer than usual, which I can personally vouch for after the Ariel I211 launch. Thank's so much Alex for all your help in recovery and set up's.
Many excellent flights took place. One specially sad moment was seeing Dean's brand new AMRAAM 4 hit dirt at full speed from above. Real sorry to see that happen.
Special thank's to Brendan running the BBQ !! It takes a lot of work setting it all up and again taking it down. It is much appreciated mate !
Thank's to members who stayed back to help pack everything into the trailer afterwards. It is a group effort.
Guy's, let's enjoy & relax on our Xmas launch. I'm planning to launch quite a number on that one as I still have some SU's to let loose.
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Ari Piirainen gets together with Pip Russell to chat about the great sport of rocketry