Year 8 Students Go Above and Beyond!

March 29, 2019 at 9:46 AM

Faster, farther, higher and smarter were some of the words used to describe Motat’s ‘Above and Beyond’ immersive exhibition. In preparation for their upcoming science unit on ‘Planet Earth and Beyond,’ Year 8 students from the Boys’ School, visited MOTAT to explore the evolution of aerospace innovation and technology.

Learning what it takes to make the ‘impossible’ possible, the students looked at how the principles of STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths) have been used to expand the boundaries of our universe over time. Packed with engaging interactives and challenging concepts and facts, the exhibition launched their imaginations ‘sky high,’ stimulating their curiosity.

The highlight of the experience for most of the students was designing and racing their own virtual jet while testing their knowledge of physics. The students also enjoyed taking part in the 3-D ‘Take Flight’ experience which used motion sensors and computer graphics to allow the students to ‘spread their wings’ and fly like a bird. This developed the students’ understanding of the science behind gravity and the breakthroughs that enable humans to take flight.

The students also took time to investigate the challenges of high-altitudes and were able to take a first-class seat in the ‘Elevator to Space’ and experience the breath-taking scenery while learning more about aircrafts, spacecrafts, and aerospace.

This was a thrilling experience for the students who came to understand that the sky is definitely not the limit and that nothing is ‘impossible’ – leaving the endless possibilities of what the future may hold – including possible future careers!


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