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PrimeSCI! is keen to introduce a new initiative, FlySCI!

The goal of the FlySCI! initiative is to establish an airborne education outreach program; taking STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to rural and remote communities, and providing exciting, informative and most importantly inspirational experiences for children and young adults who,  due to their rural location, would otherwise be unlikely to have such opportunities.

Not every child will grow up to be an aspiring scientist, but to foster curiosity, inspire young minds to ask questions and set out on a path of discovery, is a fundamental aspect of ensuring the future of scientific literacy in our society.  In an ever increasing global community, location  should not be a limiting factor on the opportunity for scientists to share and inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams, “to inculcate the coming generations with an enthusiasm for the wonder, beauty and endless potential of science” (Ian Chubb, previous Australian Chief Scientist).

In response, FlySCI! has exceptional potential to take what is an already well established and proven education outreach programs (PrimeSCI!) far beyond the Melbourne metropolitan area. By providing rural schools with an opportunity such as this, is both unique and inspirational.

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FlySCI! School Incursion Programs

School Incursions
(Years 5 - 8)

Flight in Action (60-90 min)
Thought learning about the Forces of Flight, and then experimenting with paper planes, helicopters, straw jets and parachutes, students will think critically, problem solve and have fun in this paper plane extravaganza!
Download the FlySCI! School Incursions: Flight in Action (PDF, 277 KB)

Paper Engineers (120-180 min)
Learning about bridge designs, a “slowest marble wins” race, through to aircraft controls, students will need to take a creative approach to these building tasks. Limited to newspaper and tape, imagination and innovation combine!
Download the FlySCI! School Incursions: Paper Engineers (PDF, 280 KB)

Drones (60-90 min)
This program introduces students to some of the real-world applications of the physics involved in drone flight; from search & rescue, to surveying, to having fun! First learning how to control a quadcopter, the session culminates in a hands-on opportunity to fly!
Download the FlySCI! School Incursions: Drones (PDF, 258 KB)

Physics Careers
Dr Zara “Zee” Dennis, the innovative creator of FlySCI! is a scientist, teacher and pilot, but as a high school student, aside from “liking science” the route that prevailed wasn’t exactly planned. A poor result in year 12 may not sound like the past of the 2006 Salford University Physics Dux, nor that of someone with a PhD in Geophysics, but this meandering career through Physics of just one person, is a testament to the doors that can be opened up by choosing Science at VCE. This inspirational story is a great         accompaniment to any of the FlySCI! incursions, or can be booked as a standalone talk, particularly for older students facing subject selections.

Teacher PD
Are you a middle year’s science teacher whose background means you feel under prepared to tackle Physics topics? Do you find it difficult to relate Physics concepts (specifically forces and motion) to the outside world, and demonstrate its relevance to students’ everyday experiences? Do you wish for a tool-bag of engaging activities and demonstrations, which generate questions and curiosity in your class? FlySCI! Science Education and The Growing Tall Poppies Initiative have joined forces to deliver a fun, engaging and curriculum aligned professional development session, designed to address these hurdles.

Remote teaching of existing PrimeSCI! Outreach Programs - Available 2017
Most of the existing PrimeSCI! education kits can be transported by air.
Initially FlySCI! has the capacity to travel within a radius of 500km from Lilydale.
(Please be aware that lessons may be cancelled due to unforeseen weather/ aviation circumstances, but can be rescheduled).

Please refer to existing PrimeSCI! Outreach Programs

For expressions of interest for FlySCI! science incursion bookings, please contact the PrimeSCI! Office (primesci@monash.edu, 03 9905 1370)

FlySCI!School Holiday Programs

 

FlySCI! School Holiday Program at Lilydale Airport
Flight science and engineering, plus a hanger tour for Years 5 - 8.

Lilydale Airport – Aviation Science (3.5 hours including lunch break) Max 15 Includes tour of the aircraft hangers!
Thought learning about the Forces of Flight, and then experimenting with paper planes, helicopters, and straw jets, students will also get to see aircraft close-up, so close they can touch! How thrust is generated is then extending into motors and an electronic design and build task. Not only do students design their own simple robot that draws crazy art, but they get to take it home too!
Download the FlySCI! School Holiday Programs: Aviation Science (PDF, 386 KB)

Lilydale Airport – Paper Engineers (4 hours including lunch break) Max 15Includes tour of the aircraft hangers!
Learning about bridge designs, a “slowest marble wins” race, through to designing an aerobatic paper plane, students will need to take a creative approach to these building tasks. Limited to newspaper and tape, innovation, imagination and innovation combine! The effects of aircraft controls are also investigated, with a unique opportunity to then climb inside the cockpit of a single engine aircraft and manipulate the controls for real!
Download the FlySCI! School Holiday Programs: Paper engineers (PDF, 545 KB)

 

FlySCI! School Holiday Program at Local Libraries
Flight science and engineering for Years 5 - 8.

Flight in Action (60-90 min)
Thought learning about the Forces of Flight, and then experimenting with paper planes, helicopters, straw jets and parachutes, students will think critically, problem solve and have fun in this paper plane extravaganza!

Paper Engineers (120-180 min)
Learning about bridge designs, a “slowest marble wins” race, through to aircraft controls, students will need to take a creative approach to these building tasks. Limited to newspaper and tape, innovation, imagination and innovation combine!

Drones (60-90 min)
This program introduces students to some of the real-world applications of the physics involved in drone flight; from search & rescue, to surveying, to having fun! First learning how to control a quadcopter, the session culminates in a hands-on opportunity          to fly!

Dates to be established for Dec 2016/ Jan 2017.
Email or call the PrimeSCI! Office 03 9905 1370


Introducing Dr Zara Dennis
PhD in Geophysics, Experienced Secondary School Science teacher, Qualified Private Pilot

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FlySCI! is the unique and inspirational creation of Dr Zara Dennis, an award-winning science teacher with a PhD in Geophysics, who is also single-engine aircraft pilot.

Zara’s airborne education outreach aspirations have received huge encouragement. Her small-business dream has predominantly received backing from PrimeSCI! Science Education, based at Monash University, and aviation expertise from Lilydale Flying School where she learnt to fly.

Zara’s three great loves: Science, Flying and Education are combined to bring exciting, informative, and most importantly inspirational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) experiences for children and young adults who, due to their rural location, would otherwise miss out on the kinds of activities that many city kids take for granted.

Zara, known by many as “Dr Zee”, hopes FlySCI! will become a flagship for enthusing coming generations with a boundless curiosity, and love for science and discovery.