Learning about belt transmission, angular momentum and lift force is something that one would expect in a first year Engineering degree, but that's what year 1-6 students can look forward to at Mudgee Public School when Sydney-based Robotics and Engineering education experts, e2 Young Engineers, visit Mudgee on January 17.
One workshop at Mudgee Public School specially designed for the 2020 Country NSW tour, will be delivered to over 50 students to provide co-curricular opportunities that is not seen outside of Sydney.
Students from year 1 to 6 are invited to apply at www.trybooking.com/581384
"When you think of science in schools, most people picture a teacher with a lab coat scribbling formulas on the whiteboard," Young Engineers' Chee Wong said.
"We make functional motorised Lego prototypes of race cars, jelly blenders, drills, compactors and much more. Obviously the students are having fun but more importantly they are also learning about gears, pulleys, motors and the underpinning science & technology in a highly engaging manner.
"Lego helicopters teach students about the physics underpinning flight. Lego washing machine teach students about torque and centrifugal forces. Lego compactors are used to explore the positive and destructive nature of vibration. There is so much we can learn using Lego as the prototyping tool.
"These kids are constantly counting, multiplying and solving problems so they can complete their Lego models.
"It's very pleasing when parents tell us that their child can't wait for the next lesson. It's nice to know that we are making a difference."
Mr Wong said it was imperative that students develop an appreciation for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) from a young age because it is such a big part of the technology-driven world we live in.
"Even if one does not end up pursuing a career in STEM, there are plenty of fascinating science and technology happening right before our eyes to enlighten and brighten up our daily lives," he said.
More information at www.young-engineers.com.au/