Course details

Life in Space

Year level

7 - 8

Duration

1 Day

Level

Beginner

Max students

56

Course details

Life in Space

INDUSTRY FOCUS AREA: Space Science, Engineering, Robotics.
VICTORIAN CURRICULUM LINKS: Science, Digital Technologies, Personal and Social Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking
TECHNOLOGY USED: Virtual reality, mixed reality, robotics, and 3D modelling

Introduction
“Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space. “ – –Christa McAuliffe [US Teacher & Astronaut]

Space inspires a sense of wonder and curiosity in people. Technology and advances in space exploration have allowed us to know more about what lies beyond Earth than ever before. Space-based technology supports many aspects of our daily lives, including communications, weather forecasts and GPS. This program will use Space as a platform to explore STEAM related topics and allow students to experience technologies being used in space exploration and research.

Program Summary
Students will experience virtual Space environments to learn about the unique position of Earth in the solar system and consider the use of mixed realities in learning about Space and training astronauts. Students will work together to code robots to navigate through a Mars simulation and design a habitat to consider the needs of humans living in Space for long periods.

This program will expose students to careers in Space Science and plant the seed for a future career in STEM.

Taking part in this program, students will collaboratively:

  • Explore how technology is influencing Space Science and Space exploration
  • Experience virtual and mixed realities to learn about the Solar System and training for space
  • Code robots to collect data in a Mars simulation
  • Design a solution to a real-world problem presented by professionals working in Space Science.
  • Explore future education and career opportunities

Career Links:
Space Science, Engineering, Robotics, Computing, Space Medicine, Communications.