Students learn about the real-world applications of physics and mathematical calculations through the role of an air traffic controller. They engage in problem solving tasks and participate in simulations which enhances their understanding of such a complex topic.
I take the calculations that they would normally be doing in Year 10 physics or maths and then apply them to an aviation context.
School name: Santa Maria College
Teacher: Jacinta Deylen
Year Level: Years 8, 9 and 10
STEM Professional: Bridget Hosking
STEM Professional occupation: Air Traffic Controller
Australian Curriculum links:
- Number and Algebra - Real numbers (ACMNA188, ACMNA208)
- Number and Algebra - Patterns and Algebra (ACMNA234)
- Number and Algebra - Linear and non-linear relationships (ACMNA235)
- Statistics and Probability - Chance (ACMSP246)
- Measurement and Geometry – Pythagoras and trigonometry (ACMMG245)
- Science Understanding - Physical Science (ACSSU229)
- Design and technologies - Knowledge and understanding (ACTDEK043)
- Information and Communication Technology
- Critical and Creative Thinking
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