Nasa date for Bundamba's young rocket scientists

Bundamba Secondary College students will be heading to NASA. Year 11 students excited about the trip from left, Mitchell Bond, Ryley Weise, Brad Van Cooten, and Emma Newman. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Bundamba Secondary College students will be heading to NASA. Year 11 students excited about the trip from left, Mitchell Bond, Ryley Weise, Brad Van Cooten, and Emma Newman. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

BUNDAMBA State Secondary College may soon lay claim to being Ipswich's first school for rocket scientists.

Fifteen high-performing maths and science students from Year 11 and 12 will head to NASA's Houston Space Centre in September next year for the study trip of a lifetime.

The Maths B, Maths C, Chemistry and Physics students will work with astronauts from NASA to build skills in the engineering field with activities including rocket construction and testing, robotics based around the Mars Rover mission and flight and weightlessness simulations.

Principal Andrew Peach said the special trip was a huge chance to reward the school's top performing students.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our hardworking and committed academic students to study at the highest level," Mr Peach said.

The partnership with NASA was a follow-on to the stellar results from the College's maths and science department.

"It's really targeted at those top-level maths and science kids who put in so much work to achieve their results," Mr Peach said. "It will be an outstanding experience for kids that are going and I think it's a great incentive for our younger kids."

Students and staff will fundraise over the next nine months starting with raffling a framed, signed Queensland State of Origin jersey.

The jersey, donated by the Former Origin Greats, celebrates the Maroons' seven consecutive series victories. Tickets are available from the Upper Admin building for $5.

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