ENGINEERING HIS FUTURE: A passion for maths and science has made GSHS Grade 7 student Isaiah Jacka one of the region's rising star students.
ENGINEERING HIS FUTURE: A passion for maths and science has made GSHS Grade 7 student Isaiah Jacka one of the region's rising star students. Scott Kovacevic

Year 7 whizkid can already take a drone apart and rebuild it

FLYING a drone is not a skill everyone can list on their resume.

So what about pulling one apart and piecing it back together - all before you've reached the middle of Year 7?

It is the first of what is to be many technical marvels for Gympie State High School student Isaiah Jacka, who has eyes on a career in engineering.

"I just like dismantling things and producing it again - making it new, or even different sometimes,” he said.

Nor does he always have a clear image of what makes devices tick before he picks up a screw driver.

Flying quadrocopter, remote controlled drone with camera
A drone, one of the simple devices Gympie State High School's Isaiah Jacka has already taken apart and put back together - and he's not yet finished grade 7. artursfoto

"It (the drone) was very different... from what I thought it would've been,” he said.

And what were those expectations?

"I was hoping it looked fascinating,” Isaiah said.

Of course, teaching maths is another option for the academic achiever, who is one of the school's top academic achievers with his maths and science skills.

He finished his primary school years competing among the "best of the best” in the region's interschool academic events.

Gympie State High School star student Isaiah Jacka.
Isaiah Jacka. Scott Kovacevic

Isaiah said the math and science passion was a family thing for which he credits his father Shane.

"I always look up to him. When I have trouble with something I always go ask him. He's my role model for maths and science,” Isaiah said.

We continue our series on the region's star students next week.