Flying Finale!

TechMate, which invited girls from grades 4 to 6 and a significant male figure in their lives, embarked on an exciting project for my last TechMate after 6 and a half years! The girls and their TechMate were tasked with designing and constructing a conveyor belt system capable of transporting a power pack to a paper aeroplane.

The participants took a brief journey through the history and advancements of conveyor belts, identifying their modern-day applications.

They also enjoyed a short video showcasing the creative conveyor belt systems, such as sushi trains and grocery store checkouts, designed by students in previous years.

Next, the TechMates were provided with Power-Up Electric Paper Aeroplane Kits to assemble. These fantastic kits encourage the creation of various plane designs, all of which can be powered to achieve extended flight times!

The session was filled with excitement as we shared the process of constructing the conveyor belts, some of which were motorised.

The highlight was flying the planes to see who could land closest to the runway at our airport! It was a wonderful blend of learning, creativity, and fun.

One I’ll remember for a long time!

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!