Students investigate energy transformations and Newton's Laws of Motion using water rockets, which are simple, safe, cheap and guaranteed to fly.  They can be launched separately, are spectacular, and always fun. 

The program is suitable for years 7 and 8.



Reach for the Stars combines classroom work and hands-on activities to demonstrate energy transformations. It includes a pre-visit project for students and a half-day visit to VSSEC.

The pre-visist project, Energy and Motion, is available on-line and is self-directed,  with videos and demonstrations, including energy transformations in a Wile E.Coyote cartoon.

Students record their work using foldables, an engaging and entertaining approach to project work.

At VSSEC students design, build and launch water rockets, tracking energy transformations during the launch, flight and landing.

For schools wishing to bring  two classes for the day, this half day program can be combined with The Stars in Your Life to make a full day excursion.

At a Glance


    Min students per mission: 12
    Max students per mission: 30


    Cost: $10 per student (Victorian students). Subsidy: Some schools may qualify for a subsidy, please enquire. Deposit: A $50 deposit will be required to secure your booking. Times: 9:30 – 12 noon or 12:30 – 3:00 pm.


    For students in Secondary

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