Orbiter launch simulation
Orbiter, a realistic space flight simulator program, is used to explore the key concepts of rocket science including Newton's three laws of motion.
Rocket variables investigation
Throughout the workshop students will experiment with their rocket's thrust, mass and fuel volume to determine the impact these variables have on their rocket's altitude.
Highest altitude challenge
To conclude the workshop students will participate in the QUT rocket challenge. Through experimentation they will determine the optimal variables to launch their rocket to the highest altitude.
|Capacity||16-32 students. If you want to bring more students, email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|When||School days: Monday-Friday|
|Where||QUT Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre|
Students compete to launch rockets to the highest altitude in a spaceflight simulator program. They explore concepts of rockets science, investigate the relationship between force and mass, and see how thrust and speed are affected by different rocket fuel mixtures. They use their findings to select the optimal fuel mixture and throttle setting, and pit their rockets against each other in a bid for the highest altitude.
Topics covered in this workshop:
- junior physics
- junior chemistry
Book this workshop
You can request a booking for one of these options:
- 1 half-day workshop
- 2 half-day workshops run on the same day. Find more workshops.
You can also add a 30-minute interactive experience at The Cube to your visit.
All bookings are subject to availability of university spaces and presenters
- Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces, including Earth's gravitational attraction, acting on the object (ACSSU117)
- Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems (ACSSU155)
- Chemical reactions, including combustion and the reactions of acids, are important in both non-living and living systems and involve energy transfer (ACSSU179)
- Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164)
- Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS170)