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Push and Pull with Ranger Jamie

School Program Years 1-2

Your students will never look at STEM classes in the same way after this fun-packed excursion!

Filled with hands-on experiments to give your students first-hand examples of push and pull forces in action, everything about this excursion is interactive and allows the students to explore how objects move and react to force.

They can get their hands dirty making slime, investigate how different strengths of forces affect everyday objects by making rockets, and test their knowledge of energy through the Ranger Jamie Olympic Games.

Students will be able to witness and discuss the simple ways they use push and pull forces in everyday life, allowing them to further develop their understanding of forces and energy and how they can be used for specific purposes in products.

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 Push and Pull 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 (Kindergarten)

Syllabus Outcomes Addressed:

  • ST1-9PW-ST investigates how forces and energy are used in products
  • ST1-7PW describes effects of pushes and pulls on objects they encounter
  • ST1-2DP-T uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity
  • PD1-4 performs movement skills in a variety of sequences and situations
  • PD1-5 proposes a range of alternatives to solve movement challenges through participation in a range of activities

Syllabus Content Focus:
Forces and energy in products

Students:

  • explore how technologies use forces to create movement in products (ACTDEK002)
  • design and develop a product that uses one or more forms of energy to create change

Key inquiry questions:

  • How are forces used for a purpose?
  • Describe the effects of push and pull on familiar objects
  • Explore how different strengths of push and pull affect the movement of objects
  • Demonstrate ways people use push and pull in their everyday life

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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