Start your balloon and solar powered engines!

Building balloon and solar powered race cars is not your average approach to learning about the principle of stored energy. So, when Origin volunteer Randeep Agarwal developed the lesson with Year 7 teacher Mr Prout, they knew it would be a hit with the students at Corinda State High School. And it was.

The lesson was designed to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in everyday life, as part of the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program. Corinda State High School Executive Principal Helen Jamieson said, “We have seen a significant boost in student engagement in STEM subjects by involving industry professionals like Randeep who has a unique ability to take complex principles and turn them into fun and practical learning opportunities.

“Randeep is affectionately known as our ‘scientist in the school’ and has even presented prizes to the students at speech night, he is a truly valued member of our school community”, she added.

Origin employee Randeep has been volunteering with Corinda State High School for more than three years, working with the school’s science teachers to support the teachers’ lessons, often with the assistance of his specialist work colleagues.

STEM Professionals in Schools is a national volunteer program that partners STEM professionals with teachers to deliver authentic learning for students - including the opportunity for investigation, team work and design skills development.

The Origin Foundation provides support through Origin volunteers who contribute their real-world experience to science, technology, engineering and maths programs of excellence. This is the longest running of the 21 partnerships between Origin employees and schools, facilitated by CSIRO.

Learn about CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program