Rocket launch at Ferny Grove sets a STEM spectacle

There were exciting times today at Ferny Grove State High School!

Five future STEM students took part in firing a rocket hybrid motor on the schools oval and will be broadcasted on national news in the upcoming days.

Nick Green from PFI brought his authentic rocket motor to the school and explained how this piece of technology will shape Australia’s future job opportunities from Rocket Technicians to Space Engineers. The students had the chance to not only push the button to countdown but also to take the motor apart and examine the parts in detail. The launch itself was incredibly noisy and students were amazed that everything is remote-controlled via a laptop and encoded with Arduino.

The event was facilitated by STEM teachers Britt Cleary and Dr Mertens-Walker who secured PFI as a partner company for the inception of the STEM program in 2020 which will focus on Space in Semester 1.

The site of the rocket launch
Students learning in class with Dr Mertens-Walker

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