Schools case study: Science & Road Safety Day

NRMA2The National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) is a member-owned mutual organisation with 2.5 million members and a 90 year history in advocacy in road safety. NRMA operates in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and offers services such as roadside assistance, learner and corporate driver training programs, motoring advice and vehicle repair stations.

Among its other road safety programs and initiatives, NRMA runs Science & Road Safety Days for primary schools.  NRMA created the program and continues to manage its implementation in school. The science shows are delivered by science professionals contracted by NRMA.

NRMA creates a touring schedule and then invites schools to express their interest in hosting an event. The touring schedule contains schools from Sydney as well as regional areas across NSW and ACT. The days are delivered free of charge and include 3-4 shows, each covering road safety topics that relate to the curriculum for that cohort, and student workbooks to reinforce the learning.

The aim of the Day is to use science to illustrate important road safety messages including the importance of wearing bicycle helmets and seatbelts. Parents are invited to attend the show so they can learn more about keeping their children safe. The student workbooks contain a 4 page parent insert to help parents learn more about what they can do to keep their children safe.

Activities covered during the show include:

  • a demonstration using a miniature hovercraft of what can happen to vehicles with poor grip and why children should wait for cars to come to a stop at a crossing before crossing a road;
  • an experiment with an egg in a toy car, some strapped in and some not, to demonstrate what happens to an unrestrained passenger in a crash;
  • students are seated in real car seats to discuss the correct way to fit a seatbelt and which child restraint is correct one for them based on age and size;
  • lessons on how distractions affect a driver’s ability to drive safely, and the responsibility of passengers to speak out about distracted driving;
  • how to correctly fit a bike helmet and the why you need to replace your bike helmet after a crash.

Through its Science and Road Safety Days, NRMA is able to engage approximately 40,000 students, 1,800 teachers and 1,000 parents a year with vital road safety messages.

   -   Visit the NRMA website for more information and view the student workbooks.
   -   Find out how you could organise a similar event on our companies’ and educators’ pages.
   -   Read about other events through our Road Safety Week map.