E-news Issue 8
Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Students from Katherine’s Clyde Fenton Primary School learned about sports science at a simulated spear throwing workshop at CDU.
Students from Katherine’s Clyde Fenton Primary School learned about sports science at a simulated spear throwing workshop at CDU.

Remote school students learn about science behind spear throwing

Students from the Clyde Fenton Primary School in Katherine recently had the opportunity to learn about sports science through a simulated spear throwing workshop at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Exercise and Sports Science Lecturer Dr Jim Lee ran the workshop focused on science enquiry through sports at the exercise facility on CDU’s Casuarina campus.

The young students tried out a simulated spear throwing exercise where they wore reflective markers that created computer-generated 3D humanoid models tracking their movements.

They then collected and analysed the data about their movements to make their own science enquiries based on sports and exercise technology.

The students also had fun participating in a range of exercise activities such as rowing to learn about exercise science.

“The aim of the program is to encourage students to learn about science through sports activities that they love,” Dr Lee said.

“It allows students to have fun with equipment that they don’t really have in the classroom.”

Inspired by his PhD research at CDU, Dr Lee started the STEMfit initiative to deliver sports science programs to remote schools in the Northern Territory.

Dr Lee was named Scientist of the Year in the 2021 NT Science Week Awards for his science outreach work dedicated to improving science literacy skills among students from remote communities.