Primary STEM incursions

Primary STEM incursions

We make the curriculum fly!

60 or 90 minutes I Max of 30 students per session

It’s Rocket Science Adventures uses flight and space science as a spectacular platform to create learning pathways in STEM subject areas of the Australian Curriculum, with practical, experiment-based learning.

Our incursion facilitators have real world experience in aviation and aerospace and love sharing their passion with young people. We aim to inspire students to ask questions, progress in their learning and maybe even pursue STEM careers.

STEM incursions for Prep/Foundation to Year 6 are curriculum led, meaning you will see direct links to the achievement standards of the Australian Curriculum. In Prep/Foundation, years 1, 2 and 3 we focus on how things move, the properties of materials, the effect of forces to make things fly and design and use of sustainable materials. In years 4, 5 and 6, our incursions explore forces in greater depth, consider our place in space, technology, sustainability and energy transformation.

Extend students with hands on science

We come to you with everything done to create meaningful learning pathways that you can build and extend on, throughout the term.

Our unique rocket launch system will be remembered long after we’re gone and is an exciting way to engage and get hands on with real science, technology, engineering and maths solutions.

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Prep launch

Prep/Foundation:

Make it Move

Be a rocket scientist for the day, exploring the properties and movement of flying objects. Students will make a simple bottle rocket, then use their senses to compare the push and pull forces used to move flying objects to see what flies higher, faster or further. Watch their excitement take off as their rocket is launched 60 metres into the air!

Living things in space

Year 1:

Living Things in Space

Create your very own habitat for growing plants on another planet. Students will explore the conditions needed for living things to grow and learn fun facts about food grown in space. They will experiment with their own bean seed in a bag which will have to survive a rocket launch and journey before sprouting in its new destination. Your classroom will become a mini-greenhouse to monitor plant growth to discover how plants are a vital for sustainable survival.

Push and pull parachutes

Year 2:

Push and Pull Parachutes

Discover the fast-moving fun of air transport and understand how push and pull forces make things fly. Learn how forces affect the way objects move and carry cargo in the air. Students will explore the factors that affect an object’s movement through air, then conduct a class parachute experiment to understand how it affects the movement of an object of different weights when dropped.

Sustainable Space

Year 3:

Sustainable Space

Sustainable Space is an engineering, sustainability and recycling challenge. Students will investigate the suitability of materials and components to build and test a sustainable flying vehicle using the reduce, reuse and recycle concept. Discovering the methods of space transport from the past and present, they will explore the environmental impact of space junk and why sustainable space exploration using renewable energy will be essential for shaping the growth of future communities and habitats.

Composite Go For Launch

Prep-Year 3 Composite:

Go For Launch

Be a rocket scientist for the day, exploring the science behind rockets and flight. Using recycled items, students will make a simple bottle rocket before squeezing the trigger to extraordinary excitement as their rocket is launched 60 metres into the air! Through multiple launches, they will use fair testing to experiment with variables affecting flight performance.

Aviation Explorers

Prep-Year 3 Composite:

Aviation Explorers

Experience imagination-fueled flights in a real life aircraft with an airport set up at your location. Develop an understanding of basic aerodynamics, properties of air and discover how and why things move. Students will experiment with these concepts by building and flying their own simple flying machine, a foam glider. *South East Queensland only.

Flying Forces

Year 4:

Flying Forces

Using the power of air, this gravity-defying unit will have students explore the interaction of forces, direction of motion and gravity, with effects of friction when exerted on vehicles that fly. Students will conduct a fair test investigation and experience the extraordinary fun of rocket science to build, launch and measure the thrust (push) force on each launch of their bottle rocket. Discover the principles of basic aerodynamics, flight trajectories and propulsion (energy) with real flying bottle rockets.

My place in space

Year 5:

My Place in Space

Explore the science that overcame enormous challenges to help man walk on the moon and space missions past and present that contributed to scientific understanding of our place in the universe. Consider the advances in technology made from space exploration and the future of space junk, sustainable tourism and interplanetary travel. Students will experience the spectacular fun of rocket science and launch their own space mission through this STEM based investigation.

Year 6 Watt are the Chances

Year 6:

Watt are the Chances?

Discover the spectacular energy transformations involved in motion and flight. Students will be introduced to the sources of energy, energy efficiency, renewable fuels and will explore the potential energy sources possible for space travel. They will construct and test a bottle rocket to see energy conversion in action, at the same time conducting a probability and chance experiment.

Go For Altitude

Year 4-6 Composite:

Go For Altitude

Space science in action! Students will explore the science behinds rockets and flight to understand how forces, the laws of motion and gravity interact. Experience the excitement as students use fair testing to modify and analyse the altitude performance of their rocket. Will it fly higher than 60 metres?

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Pricing

Primary and Secondary

60 mins | 30 students max.

$12*

/student
60 minutes

Primary and Secondary

90 mins | 30 students max.

$15*

/student
90 minutes

Kindy & ELC

60 mins | 25 students max.

$12*

/student
60 minutes

*Price excludes GST. Minimum booking fee $500. Additional travel fee may apply to your service location. Click here for full Terms & Conditions.

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Stimulate the curiosity of your youngest learners. Our Kindy and Daycare programs follow the Early Learning Years Framework, with a focus on tactile learning, asking questions, discovering things that fly and developing identity.

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STEM incursions for will challenge students’ understanding of the physics, chemical sciences and technology behind rocketry and space flight.

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For STEM teachers and classroom teachers looking to fill their toolkit with new ideas and inspiration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a show or exhibition that you watch?

ANSWER:  It’s Rocket Science Adventures incursions are run for class groups of up to 30 students per session. This guarantees a fully immersive, practical session where students get completely involved in building, launching and experimenting with their very own water rocket. Our industry experienced team is fun and engaging and we guarantee our ‘challenges’ are suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities, where skills are developed in a progressive and sequential manner.

Are the rocket experiments safe?

ANSWER: Absolutely. It’s Rocket Science Adventures take launching rockets very seriously. Safety first is our standard practice. Instruction in safety procedures and safe handling of equipment will be provided by the facilitator prior to field experiments. ALL workshops are covered by our Public Liability Insurance. We have an Activity Provider Risk assessment and all our facilitators and technicians are qualified to identify, reduce or eliminate potential risk of harm to all participants and continue to be closely evaluated. We provide special considerations for participants with medical, behavioural or special needs who require additional assistance or support to ensure their participation is enjoyable

What is your service area?

ANSWER: We travel Australia wide with our unique rocket launch system, taking incursions to metropolitan, regional and rural locations, including schools, libraries, council events, festivals. We don’t want anyone to miss out on spectacular STEM, so give us a call and we will try to include you in our next tour. Our Play Plane incursions and Birthday Parties are limited to South East Queensland (Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Toowoomba).

What if we have more than one class participating in a school incursion?

ANSWER: We can accommodate multiple classes for an incursion and can assist with scheduling throughout the booking process. It may require more than one facilitator for the day or you may prefer the option of scheduling incursions over several days if required to accommodate all of the classes. Our programs are driven by the Achievement Standards of the Australian Curriculum, so they are age appropriate and relevant.

What is the maximum group/class size?

ANSWER: The maximum group size is 30 students per session.  For larger or multiple classes we recommend separate sessions.

Will additional assistance be required?

ANSWER: The incursion facilitator will liaise with the classroom teacher or facility manager to assure each rocket launch team/class will be supervised by a responsible adult such as incursion facilitators, class teacher, teacher aids, or parent helpers to manage the activity safely. Provisions for individual students with medical, behavioural or special needs who require special considerations will be assessed by the classroom teacher prior to the incursion taking place to ensure the additional supervising adults that may be required.

How do we pay?

ANSWER: Once a booking has commenced, a confirmation of booking and invoice will be provided.  Payment is due by within seven (7) business days of the invoice date and payment via direct bank transfer is preferred and needs to be received by our account by the event date.

When do you supply Blue Card, Certificate of Currency and risk assessment details?

ANSWER: We will email all relevant documents for the workshop as required by legislation once the booking process is commenced.

What happens if it rains?

ANSWER: If it is raining at 7:00am on the day of the workshops and showers are predicted all day, or should there be moderate we weather, lightning associated with thunderstorms or high winds that may affect or endanger life or property, a decision will be made by the company Director by 7:00am on the day of the event to cancel the event.  The organisation’s booking contact will be notified, participants will be emailed and official social media profiles will be utilised to announce this decision.

Are the workshops suitable and accessible for all?

ANSWER: Yes, we welcome all ages, fitness levels and abilities and have developed our programs to accommodate everyone. We aim to make all participants comfortable and fully participate in activities.  Please email us ahead of time of relevant needs and we will endeavour to provide satisfaction.

Do you provide teacher resources?

It’s Rocket Science provides teachers with resources to ensure effective learning pathways are created, including lesson outlines and extension resources to fully incorporate the incursion into your learning for the term. Our incursions are based around the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum and C2C Materials, but can also be adapted for specific learning goals you may have for your class.

We love to help to make your next incursion the best it can be.

As with any group undertaking a workshop with your school, there will be plenty of questions. Here we have tried to list as many answers to those we often get asked to give you peace of mind before booking your next water rocket adventure.

If we haven’t answered your question, please get in touch; we’d love to help.

Cran Middlecoat
Industry Professionals

All our programs are facilitated by real world aviation and aerospace industry professionals. Our Founder Cran has been flying since he was 16 and like our other facilitators, loves sharing his first hand experience with flight and space science to inspire and educate students and provide pathways to careers in STEM professions.