What is a 'suitcase' Haili rocket?

HAILI stands for Hybrid All-Inclusive Learning Instrument.

The ‘Suitcase’ HALI Rocket is the Science of Rockets’ first program for High Schools starting in 2020. HAILI allows school students to step away from their textbooks and work with a fully functioning Hybrid rocket motor teaching device. This program improves problem solving, and promotes teamwork and creative thinking skills. 

Science of Rockets - Overview

The Science of Rockets is an education program that focuses on developing skills rather than grades – providing a new way for students to learn. Students get to step away from their textbooks and instead play, manipulate and experiment with advanced rocket technology. In the process, students are gaining practical use of a wide range of STEM skills and how to combine them in fun and innovative ways. The Science of Rockets will commence in high schools and expand into universities and technical colleges. By literally teaching students how to fire rockets, the Science of Rockets aims to ignite students confidence and curiosity in STEM based learning.

Demonstration of the HAILI Rocket kit to high school students
Demonstration of the HAILI Rocket kit to primary school students

Science of Rockets - The Need

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are the foundation on which industries and economies of the future will thrive. However, in many countries, there is a decline in school and university students studying these skills. The Science of Rockets aims to build students confidence and interest – by literally showing them they don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand rockets. The Science of Rockets gives students practical application across a wide range of STEM fields including pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical systems as well as incorporating science and maths based experiments and much more. Rocket technology is used across many industries, including drones, robotics and aerospace. Overall, The Science of Rockets aims to provide students with a launchpad to breakdown the silos in STEM and effortlessly combine a wide variety of STEM skills to create actionable and practical outcomes.

Science of Rockets - The Benefits

The Science of Rockets program encourages students to investigate ‘WHY’ something is, and not take what is presented on face value.  Students are given tasks which require the use of evidence based practice and innovation on core ideas through improved design. The primary goal is to encourage critical thinking through tasks that not only inspire them to greatness, but also give them the life long skills needed to follow any passion. Students learn they don’t need to be the smartest person in the room to have great ideas and you don’t need to be Einstein to work in the fields that the science of rockets requires.
Demonstration of the HAILI Rocket kit to high school students

Key Benefits of Program

Instilling passion & enthusiasm for STEM

Promoting self learning and experiementation

Encouraging collaboration & other soft skills

Improving confidence & overcoming a fear of failure

The Suitcase HAILI Rocket for High Schools

HAILI is a fully functioning Hybrid rocket motor teaching device. HAILI stands for Hybrid All Inclusive Learning Instrument. She is the size of carry-on luggage, practical for classroom use with handles for easy transport. HAILI’s side panels can be folded down to allow full access to her internal workings. Her components are colour coded for ease of teaching.

HAILI is more than just a rocket motor. She is an integrated system that teaches critical thinking, digital skills, programming skills for robotics, automation and AI, technology and computer capabilities, and advanced manufacturing principles. Most importantly, HAILI teaches high school students how to solve problems, work in a team, and think creatively.

The HAILI Rocket for High Schools - Launches in 2020

The HAILI Rocket program is launching in 10 high schools around Queensland starting January 2020. There are a further 50 schools on the waiting list to start the program mid to late 2020.

PFi, the advanced manufacturing company that created the HAILI Rocket, has collaborated with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to develop a 10-week program that aligns with ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) guidelines. More units will be developed in this way through 2020 and beyond to make it easy to supplement HAILI into existing lesson plans.

To learn more about the HAILI Rocket school program and how to join the waiting list, click on the link below to download an information booklet.

Backed by one of the world's leading innovation companies

We are proud to support PFi and the Queensland Government on their outstanding STEM education efforts for Australian youth,” said Chris Deeble, chief executive Northrop Grumman Australia. “Northrop Grumman is deeply committed to engaging, exciting and inspiring the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce through STEM education initiatives, such as the Science of Rockets program.

Connecting students with industry

The Science of Rockets aims not only to breakdown the silos in STEM but also the silos between students and future employers. Many industry sectors with the evolution of advanced technologies, AI and robotics, are finding it hard to find the skilled labour to fuel their innovation and growth. The Science of Rocket’s ‘Industry Sponsorship Program’ aims to develop a closer connection and collaboration between industries, schools and students. The aim is to create a better-shared understanding of the skills enterprises are seeking in graduates, plus allow sectors to identify and build relationships with students who are keen to pursue careers relevant to their needs. Industries will have better awareness and relationship with students appropriate for internships, apprenticeships and scholarships.

To learn about how companies can become involved in the Science of Rockets Program, click on the link below to download the ‘Industry Sponsorship’ information booklet.