Earlier this week,
we went on a little excursion.
Well, it wasn’t entirely ‘little’.
It meant getting out of bed super duper early (for us)
to get us on the highway before 7am!
That was followed by a slow crawl into the city
with all the other half-awake commuters (Poor things).
Once in the city, we parked on the cheaper side of the city
and took a ferry across the river.
We could have walked, but it’s a long walk,
and we were on a tight time schedule.
We are actually just lazy.
Besides, the ferry added extra thrill to our trip.
The boys hadn’t been on a ferry since they were small,
and it wasn’t a City Cat back then.
(One day we’ll have to return for a longer river adventure.)
Before we knew it, we were walking through the QUT Campus,
looking for the Science and Technology building.
The purpose for our visit
– a Rocket Science workshop and a session on the Cube.
The kids worked at individual stations
using the flight simulator, Orbiter
(you can download it for free online).
Over the couple of hours we were there,
they explored the relationships
between mass (empty and fuel), thrust and altitude.
At the end of the workshop,
they had to use what they had learned
to launch their rocket with the highest altitude.
After the workshop,
we headed down to the ‘Cube’,
which didn’t look at all like a cube.
From what I could gather,
the Cube is a large interactive multiperson touchscreen device.
The workshop participants,
used the Cube to complete a Fireworks Chemistry module.
The boys had explored a similar program
at GOMA a few years back
so they enjoyed reacquainting themselves with the activity.
The QUT workshop was pretty good
(as was the Cube experience)
and we are looking forward to future workshops.
Our only complaint was that QUT wasn’t flexible
regarding their “maximum two supervising teachers” rule.
Despite being a very large room,
most of the parents were locked out of the room
and had no idea what their children were doing.
Consequently, they won’t be able to follow up the learning
in their own curriculums.
This was very disappointing
but is a common experience for homeschoolers
trying to work within school-based structures.
after our workshop finished,
the boys and I jumped on another ferry
and flew back down the coast
to get Ethan to his computer class.
Yes, it was a very big day
– Rocket Science in the morning
and computer programming in the afternoon.
All in all, a very good day.