Aerospace science experience to travel region

 A three day aerospace science experience will travel the region inspiring budding scientists
A three-day aerospace science experience will travel the region inspiring budding scientists.

A three-day aerospace science experience will travel the Bundaberg Region, inspiring budding scientists and launching them in to rocket-fuelled careers.

In partnership with It’s Rocket Science Adventures the region’s libraries in Bundaberg, Childers and Gin Gin will host aerospace science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities to discover the wonder of rockets, flight and space.

During the action-packed sessions to be held between October 3 and 5, participants will meet a team of CASA certified, aerospace specialists using international, award-winning aerospace technology.

IT'S ROCKET SCIENCE: Participants can create their own rockets
IT'S ROCKET SCIENCE: Participants can create their own rockets

Bundaberg Regional Council Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said the activities would give residents aged two to 102 the chance to interact with a form of science most people considered “out of reach”.

“This program demystifies science and offers an opportunity to learn in a fun and engaging way,” Cr Peters said.

“Teens can build their very own luminescent rocket under the cover of darkness and launch it up to 60 metres in to the night sky.

“Families will enjoy an opportunity to experience the wonders of flight in a simulated experience with a mobile airport.

“Everyone will be so busy having fun but all the while they will be gaining an insight in to a range of scientific fields.”

Aerospace experience could lead to science career

Mayor Jack Dempsey said this hands-on experience could launch the region’s youth in to aerospace science or tech careers.

“These workshops have the opportunity to inspire our next generation of scientists,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“The theme fits well with a number of Council’s identified priority projects, including the introduction of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics education facility and a Challenger Learning Center.

“This program is a wonderful introduction to the world of science for the region’s youth and I am sure many young families will enjoy participating.”

Queensland Government Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch this week announced Bundaberg Regional Libraries was a successful applicant in the latest round of Engaging Science Grants.

“These grants are about encouraging more people to get involved in science and expanding the reach of science across Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.

“We know that employment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) is growing two times faster than other occupations and we are committed to embracing these opportunities.”

The events are supported by an Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grant provided by the Queensland Government.