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PHYSICS DAY @ ADVENTURE WORLD

Wednesday, 04 November 2020

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On September 24, over 1200 Year 10 to 12 Physics students across WA high schools descended upon Adventure World to attend the annual Physics Day organised by STAWA (Science Teachers’ Association of Western Australia). It was an educational day filled with fun and action packed. Students got to experience and witness first-hand phenomena involving physics, technology, engineering design and mathematics in a “real world” STEM laboratory that can be found at Adventure World with its large scale apparatus.

As a sponsor and exhibitor of the event, ECU School of Engineering along with members of the Motorsports student club, brought along their expertise and knowledge in Motorsports technology with the display of a Formula SAE race car, designed and built by ECU students. In addition, it saw the debut of “Wonky Wheels”, one of the many STEM outreach activities of the School’s CREATE Program that is on offer to high school students.

The Wonky Wheels activity designed to allow participants to drive and race against each other with a 1/16th scale remote controlled 4WD dune buggies around a man-made race track with the objective of understanding the mechanics of Mechanical Engineering. The outcome of each race is not entirely predictable due to the subtle changes made to each dune buggy, which made each race interesting, exciting and challenging.

Future Students team also provided their support with a display of information booth that was visited by hundreds of students throughout the day, including a lucky draw for an Apple AirPods.

It was a day filled with fun, learning and educational experience for all students attended, and a worthwhile experience for ECU staff and student volunteers.

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