Space activities/events/degrees/organisations by age group – here we’re listing things that happen annually so you could make a personal space timeline from Year 7 onwards in theory. Date specific events have another calendar page.


School: Future Literacy Program in Years 3-7, (State) Space School in Years 7-11. (National) Space Camp in Year 11. The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum in Years 11 and 12. International (though pricey) space camps with an Australian group in Years 5-12. VSSEC programs for all Victorians Years 8-12. There are multiple other competitions and award opportunities for high school students.

University: Aerospace Futures Conference. It is possible to join the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) or the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) student groups and other student aerospace groups, participate in conferences, and become involved in various astronomy and space societies across the country. Particularly for those with engineering backgrounds, you can apply to attend the annual Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) Aerospace Futures student conference. Final year projects at university over recent years have included small satellites, experimental supersonic ramjets, rocket gliders and more. If your university does not offer a space project, and you have an idea, look for support, put together a team and propose your own project! A big highlight is the chance for Aussies to participate in Summer Space Universities in China and Russia. There is also the opportunity for undergraduate science/engineering space projects to be entered in the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize, offering a NASA internship over the Australian winter. University students (as well as industry professionals) have the opportunity to attend the ISU Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program, a five week interdisciplinary space course held over January and February in Adelaide.

Industry professionals: meet up at various conferences and events during the year and with growing momentum in local space activities, there are many opportunities for motivated people to become involved.

General Public: (We don’t have a lot of insight here, so please suggest missing venues!) Scitech, ScienceworksPowerhouse Museum, VSSEC, OrbitOz, Gilmore Space Centre..
See also National Space Sites in Australia and you can also attend Space Camp USA!


 

Yrs 3-7:

  • FirstOnMars: (Anytime) Future Literacy skills and team building program for Primary School students that combines tech like VR, AR and Minecraft with agile practices, Design Thinking and Process Drama – and lets students hold a piece of Mars, grow space seeds, hear from a NASA engineer and chat with an Astrobiologist.

Yrs 5/6/7/8:

Year 7/8/9:

  • YMCA Space Squad, Canberra (April)
  • HASSE Junior Space School Program (Australian Student Group), Houston USA (April, July and December)
    Integrates culture, space, science, medicine and marine life life for high impact learning experience. Students will get to know what it takes to become a scientist, flight commander and astronaut by taking part in mission simulator training at NASA site visits.

Yr 8-12 (High School):

  • One Giant Leap Australia: Space, STEAM and Your Future (July) Annual 3 days of unique science and engineering experiences for high school students.
  • APRSAF Water Rocket competition, (October) An annual International Competition where high school participants from many countries design and launch their own water rockets. An Australian competition is held annually and the national winners are invited to participate in the international competition
  • Victorian Space Science Education Centre, (All school year long and some holiday programs) Cannot emphasise how amazing this place is. Highschoolers in Victoria are incredibly lucky to have this facility. Some remote participation and visits can be arranged for other States. For Victoria, all subjects are counted in VCE. It’s a real Mars base, planetary robotics, a lab rivalling most universities and more.
  • FirstOnMars: (Anytime) Future Literacy skills and team building program for High School students that combines tech like VR, AR and Minecraft with agile practices, Design Thinking and Process Drama – and lets students hold a piece of Mars, grow space seeds, hear from a NASA engineer and chat with an Astrobiologist.

Year 9-12 (High School):
(Three different group options for Space Camp USA)

  • Space Camp USA (Australian Student Group), Huntsville USA (September)
    45 teachers and students from Australia are provided with opportunities for science enrichment and leadership development which will be supported with visits to science centres, schools and universities. This program constitutes 30 hours NSWIT registered training for teachers and is open to all students and teachers both from the State and Private sector. Includes visits to attractions in South Korea, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
  • One Giant Leap Australia Advanced Space Academy USA (Australian Student Group), Huntsville USA (September/October)
    No fixed limit on numbers. Students from Australia and Teachers can apply to attend. All flights are from Sydney and include stop in LA for Disneyland and the Californian Space Centre, Universal Studios and the US Space and Rocket Centre as well as the main Space Camp Huntsville program.
  • HASSE Senior Space School Program (Australian Student Group), Houston USA (December)
    Student aged 15 and up have the opportunity to tour NASA facilities and learn from scientists and engineers who work in the space program. This program includes hands on simulations and projects that are focused on NASA’s Mars mission program.
  • One Giant Leap Australia: Space Camp Turkey (Australian Student Group), Izmir Turkey (July)
    No fixed limit on numbers. Students from Australia can apply to attend. All flights are from Sydney. Includes tours of Istanbul and Gallipoli National Park and Izmir then a full week in Space Camp with NASA and Australian leaders (several real life flight controllers!) and finally flights home, usually via Singapore. Space Camp Turkey is run in collaboration with Space Camp USA and also offers Adult age programs and other school programs which you can apply for individually here.

Year 9/10:

Year 10:

Year 10/11:

Year 11:

  • National Space Camp, (September /October): A five day residential Space Science School for students with a keen interest and aptitude for Spaces Science related subjects. (Run by the SASS organisers. Used to be at Woomera, now at VSSEC usually)

Year 11/12:

  • Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF), different cities, usually Brisbane (May-July): A two day event providing senior high school students with an opportunity to investigate careers and pathways in the aerospace industry.  The program showcases various university and industry opportunities relevant to the aerospace industry in Australia.

Year 12:

  • National Youth Science Forum, Canberra (January, but applications due May the year prior)  12 day residential program for students entering year 12 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

 

 

University:

  • Aerospace Futures Conference, different cities  (July): Aerospace Futures is a three-day conference designed to expose over 150 university students to opportunities in the aerospace industry. During the conference, delegates will hear from a variety of industry representatives speaking on topics relevant to students who are interested in pursuing a career in aerospace. Applications open around March 2015. Delegates are selected on a merit basis, so make a thoughtful application. It is considered the premier event for aerospace in all of Australia.
  • International Space University Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program, (January/February, Adelaide): Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professionals from any field can apply to participate in this 5week intensive residential program.
  • AIAA Region VII-AU Student Conference, (November):  Final year undergraduate Australian University students who are undertaking an aerospace related final year project or thesis. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region as a means to encourage students in aerospace related fields to discuss research, exchange knowledge, and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering.  The winning presentation receives a cash prize and a trip to an AIAA space conference in the USA.
  • VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize (June/July – encompassing the EA Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Space Engineering), with applications due January the same year: Offering an Australian university student the opportunity to attend one of three 10 week NASA Academy programs, or participate in a NASA affiliated summer program, and work with a lead scientist or engineer on a current NASA project. The VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize is open to all Australian undergraduate students completing their final or honours year at an Australian University the year prior.
  • International Astronautical Congress (IAC) , (Sept/Oct): The IAC is the largest Space conference in the world; with an extensive paper presentation series, plenary lectures, special presentations, and an exhibition of space companies and organisations.
  • Space Development Theory and Practice, Moscow (July, open to Australians to participate) – Space University in Russia: this epic program is for University Students and professionals alike, focusing on Russian and International programs, see and touch real space hardware and meet people working on the front edge of space science and technology. Complete a handson international space mission team project, go behind the scenes at Svezda, Energia, Mission Control of the International Space Station (including live link up to talk to Cosmonauts in space!) and be part of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre to see how cosmonauts are trained for future flights. All expenses including accommodation, food and cultural tours included.
  • Space Station Design Workshop, Stuttgart (July, open to Australians to participate): “When did you design your last space station?” The SSDW combines talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals, in a cooperative yet competitive environment. Under guidance from experts including Mir Astronaut Reinhold Ewald you will be tasked with designing a human platform in space in an intensive one-week workshop at the IRS facility in Stuttgart, Germany. As interdisciplinary cooperation is integral to such projects, applicants from all fields of study are welcome at the workshop. Free to participate.
  • International Graduate Summer School in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing (July, open to Australians to participate) One-week program, 50 students can visit key laboratories and participate in a series of academic seminars, team competitions and leading-edge lectures to exchange academic ideas and stimulate creativity. Beihang is a key uni with the China National Space Administration. Many full Scholarships are available.
  • FirstOnMars: Professional skills/team building program for University Students that combines tech like VR, AR and Minecraft with agile practices, Design Thinking and Process Drama – and lets you hold a piece of Mars, grow space seeds, hear from a NASA engineer and chat with an Astrobiologist.
  • Space Camp USA with One Giant Leap Australia: Every year a group of Australians has a chance to participate and there are four age groups, Yr 5/6, Yr 7/8, Yr 9-12 plus Adult Space Camp Academy, which is open to all ages! You’re never too old to attend your first space camp!

 

Professional:

  • International Space University Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program, (January/February, Adelaide): Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professionals from any field can apply to participate in this 5week intensive residential program.
  • International Astronautical Congress (IAC) , (Sept/Oct): The IAC is the largest Space conference in the world; with an extensive paper presentation series, plenary lectures, special presentations, and an exhibition of space companies and organisations.
  • Space Camp USA with One Giant Leap Australia: Every year a group of Australians has a chance to participate and there are four age groups, Yr 5/6, Yr 7/8, Yr 9-12 plus Adult Space Camp Academy, which is open to all ages! You’re never too old to attend your first space camp!
  • Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC), usually Adelaide (September/October). The ASRC is the primary annual meeting for Australian research relating to space science. This used to be called the Australian Space Science Conference. It’s run by the same people but not really related to the old Australian Space Development Conference. ASRC ascetically = the former ASSC. ASDC kind of disappeared. See Australian space history
  • Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (CONASTA), various cities (July): CONASTA is the annual Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).
  • Space Development Theory and Practice, Moscow (July, open to Australians to participate) – Space University in Russia: this epic program is for University Students and professionals alike, focusing on Russian and International programs, see and touch real space hardware and meet people working on the front edge of space science and technology. Complete a handson international space mission team project, go behind the scenes at Svezda, Energia, Mission Control of the International Space Station (including live link up to talk to Cosmonauts in space!) and be part of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre to see how cosmonauts are trained for future flights. All expenses including accommodation, food and cultural tours included.
  • Space Station Design Workshop, Stuttgart (July, open to Australians to participate): When did you design your last space station? The SSDW combines talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals, in a cooperative yet competitive environment. Under guidance from experts including Mir Astronaut Reinhold Ewald you will be tasked with designing a human platform in space in an intensive one-week workshop at the IRS facility in Stuttgart, Germany. As interdisciplinary cooperation is integral to such projects, applicants from all fields of study are welcome at the workshop.

 

Open to Everyone!

  • Yuri’s Night, International/Nationwide (12 April): The World Space Party! Come and celebrate the anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981. Parties are held all around Australia (and the world) on this night (or on the closest weekend).
  • International Space Apps Challenge International/Nationwide (April): An international collaborative project-based challenge run by NASA, with Australian events currently registered in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and the Gold Coast.  More than 50 technical challenges have been proposed to address space activities and the public engagement and distribution of knowledge and data from space missions.
  • International Space University Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program, (January/February, Adelaide): Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professionals from any field can apply to participate in this 5week intensive residential program.
  • National Engineering Week, Nationwide (August): An annual event to promote engineering in Australia.
  • National Science Week, Nationwide (August): An annual event facilitating a broad range of science related education and outreach activities.
  • International Astronautical Congress (IAC) , (Sept/Oct): The IAC is the largest Space conference in the world; with an extensive paper presentation series, plenary lectures, special presentations, and an exhibition of space companies and organisations. Open to students, professionals and media (media passes free).
  • World Space Week, International/Nationwide, (October): An international event series showcasing the role of global space activities through education and outreach events.
  • OrbitOz: Meetups once a month in Sydney and Adelaide. For anyone with an interest in space: Meet other space enthusiasts and people who are already in the industry.
  • Australian Space Network: Meetups once a month mostly in Melbourne. For anyone in Australia interested in spaceflight, space exploration and space history
  • Space Camp USA with One Giant Leap Australia: Every year a group of Australians has a chance to participate and there are four age groups, Yr 5/6, Yr 7/8, Yr 9-12 plus Adult Space Camp Academy, which is open to all ages! You’re never too old to attend your first space camp!
  • FirstOnMars: Professional skills/team building program for Teachers or Business Leaders that combines VR, AR and Minecraft with agile practices, Design Thinking and Process Drama – and lets you hold a piece of Mars, grow space seeds, hear from a NASA engineer and chat with an Astrobiologist.
  • Space Sites to Visit Nationwide

 

 


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