Laser Central goes to Harristown State High School’s Rocket Launch Demonstration

You might remember that earlier this year, Laser Central contributed to the build of Australia’s first ever commercial rocket to be sent into sub-orbit. We also supported UQ Space in winning the inaugural Australian Universities Rocket Competition.

Our engagement with Australia’s budding aerospace industry has been steadily growing. Laser Central knows that while the industry is young it holds a lot of untapped potential and we want to be contributing to this industry from the very beginning.

Recently Brett Holland, Laser Central’s Business Development Manager, went to Harristown State High School to help support a simulated rocket launch.

Coordinated by the University of Southern Queensland’s department of mechanical engineering, the goal of this event was to demonstrate how rockets work and hopefully spark interest for aspiring young rocket scientists.

Brett says he spoke to a representative from USQ who explained that when students study subjects like physics and complex mathematics they find it hard to picture how the skills they are learning could be put to practical use. This rocket launch demonstration shows students a tangible outcome for studying STEM subjects.

Australia’s aerospace program may be young but it will be growing exponentially over the coming years thanks to funding commitments from the government. This will lead to plenty of opportunity for young people with an interest in STEM.

At Laser Central, we value our relationship with the community and love being asked to get involved in events such as this recent rocket launch demonstration. Our passion for STEM drives us to support all educational opportunities that might ignite this passion in others, particularly young people who represent the future of our industry.