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Forces with Ranger Jamie

School Program Years 3-4

Want to see first-hand the power of FORCES? This day starts off with a huge EXPLOSION using liquid nitrogen and over 1000 ping pong balls launching into the air! From friction to gravity, air pressure to magnetism and everything in between.

Your students will learn about forces in the most imaginative way possible on this hands-on and interactive program!

Through activities such as making gooey mystery matter, launching air rockets, having billy cart races, and testing their knowledge in the reverted Ranger Jamie Olympic Games, students will observe first-hand how contact forces affect the behaviour of objects, and develop their understanding of the ways in which energy is used as a resource.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation.
  • Students are divided into their groups of approximately 30 students and are allocated a Ranger guide for each activity.
  • Students participate in Billy Cart Championship.
  • Students participate in Force Olympics.
  • Students participate in Launching Air Pressure Rockets.
  • Students participate in Slime Bonanza.
  • Full Day Incursion (5 Hours) 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Curriculum & Syllabuses (Years 3-4)

Syllabus Outcomes Addressed: 

  • ST2-9PW-ST describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion
  • ST2-1WS-S questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations
  • ST2-2DP-T selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

Syllabus Content Focus:
Contact and non-contact forces

Students: 

  • identify that both pushes and pulls can be classified as contact and non-contact forces(ACSSU076)
  • observe how contact and non-contact forces cause changes in the motion of objects, for example:(ACSSU076)
    • changes in speed
    • changes in direction

Forces and energy in products and systems

Students:

  • investigate how forces and materials interact in a product or system to perform a function (ACTDEK011)

 Key inquiry questions:

  • How can objects affect other objects with or without touching them?
  • How can we use forces and energy in a product or system?

Facilitator Profile

At school, Jamie always had to study harder than the average student. He was a visual learner who struggled concentrating when learning from whiteboards and textbooks in the conventional classroom. Jamie found practical and hands-on experiences beyond the classroom environment more engaging and valuable for his learning style. This sparked his dream to create an educational tour company where students could excel in an outdoor environment, learning through quality, hands-on and engaging experiences in practical real-life settings.

Jamie studied a Bachelor of Environmental Science/Marine Biology at the University of Technology Sydney. Following graduation, he went on to work as a National Parks Ranger where he gained extensive knowledge and experience.

Jamie later realised that education was his calling, and began Ranger Jamie Tours in the hope that he could revolutionise the school excursion industry. His goal was to create and tailor school excursion programs to cater for all students. Jamie strived to recruit a dedicated and enthusiastic team who believed in delivering engaging, hands-on, quality experiences for all students. With a focus on environmental science, Australian flora and fauna, Australian history, ecosystems and sustainability, he hopes to inspire the next generation towards an environmentally aware and sustainable future.

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