A few lucky schools have had students attending space camps in the USA. I’ve watched their social media feeds with vicarious jealousy. So it was interesting to see that there is now a Space School program to be run in Australia. There’s a bunch of cool stuff on offer facilitated by a team from NASA, it really does sound fabulous.
Here’s a wholesale quote from the organisers:
“Exclusive to Latitude Group Travel, this program comes from International Space School Education Trust. Students spend 5 days working with astronauts, world renowned scientists and NASA leaders in Australia’s most exciting STEM program.
After the astronauts share the design brief, students will then take on the role of a research scientist and work within small teams on their science project. Their mission is to create an experiment which will be carried out in space and present their idea to a board of esteemed judges. The judges will pick one winning team, whose experiment will be built by NASA, launched to the International Space Station (ISS) and carried out in space by the astronauts aboard the ISS!
This extraordinary opportunity is extremely affordable for most schools. There will be programs geared exclusively towards schools which may require subsidies, where necessary. Aimed at middle years’ students, the program can also be tailored for senior years.”