Tom Nolan INSPIRE Scholarship

Tom Nolan passed away December 31st, 2020 leaving behind a wife, grown children, grandchildren and thousands of people who loved and followed his passion of STEM education. An oceanographer by trade, Tom saw the best in everyone he met. Through twists and turns in his life, Tom worked in oceanography, space exploration and a host of education related trades.

Tom swapped ocean going ships for spaceships more than 20 years ago. Amongst other things in his life, he was recognised for his STEM outreach work by being awarded the 2019 NASA JPL Bruce Murray Award.

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KIBO RPC Finals!

Students from Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta, have reached new heights in coding. The team of Galen VEX students coded their way into history, by being one of 3 teams that successfully completed the space mission for JAXA’s inaugural Kibo Robotic Programming Challenge: KiboRPC.

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Taking You Higher – A Women in Space Teleconference

Sally Tindall, Shannon McConnell and Alice Gorman. A future astronaut, a Deep Space expert and a space archaeologist will inspire us and then answer questions about careers in space. An ‘out of this world’ event moderated by Coco Dobbie, a One Giant Leap Australia Foundation Ambassador. This teleconference will be on Thursday 24th September from 6 to 7 pm (AEST).

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Have you signed up? Are you the Artemis Generation?

NASA ARTEMIS TEAM – a free teleconference with an Orion Engineer Join Heather Paul as she takes us on an inspirational voyage of discovery about Artemis, Orion and aerospace STEM careers. Heather is a highly experience science communicator who has a passion for education outreach. She currently is the Health, Medical and Technical Authority of…

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Splash landing of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Mission

The SpaceX Crew Dragon expedition was full of firsts. It was the first crewed orbital launch to depart from the United States since the final flight of the space shuttle fleet in July 2011. It was the first manned commercial space flight. And it was the first ocean landing return in over four decades, as the previous one occurred in 1975. So witnessing the splash landing of the Crew Dragon capsule and the safe return of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, signalling a successful end to this historic mission, was truly an amazing experience for many, especially those in younger generations who have never seen a live, return to Earth, ocean landing before. Student Ambassador Nicola said that this was the first all USA space mission she has personally witnessed (she was still quite young when the last space shuttle mission took place) and the first ocean landing during her lifetime.

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Ezra’s Epic Multi-Day Hiking Challenge

One Giant Leap Australia Foundation Student Ambassador Ezra recently completed a multi-day hike for his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Level Award. The walk started at Thornleigh train station and ended nearly eighty kilometres, and six days later at Wondabyne station. This walk covers a number of sections of the Great North Walk, which extends between Sydney and Newcastle.

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