One Giant Leap Australia Space Mission – June / July 2021
Using a collaborative space system virtual reality (VR) program, students have the opportunity to conduct a human space exploration mission, which includes building their own spacecraft, traveling across the vast expanses of space, creating their own base, and exploring a new planet for resources.
Open to young astronauts ages *12 and up. The maximum team size is 10. It is recommended that smaller teams of 4 is the optimal number. Young astronauts can register as teams or individuals and placed on a team.
*a guide only – highly interested 10 and 11 year-old explorers welcome.
Price of the camp is $360 AU (ex GST) or $230 EU per young astronaut.
• A CPU with at least 4 cores / 2.7 GHZ
• At least 6 GB RAM
• 15 GB available on Hard Drive
• Windows 10
• GPU Recommended
Is not yet compatible with a Mac/Apple computer
This is an approved Creative Kids program
Use your $100 Creative Kids voucher.
Every child in NSW is entitled to a Creative Kids voucher:
Young astronauts (aged 12 and over*) will join a team of NASA astronauts and space professionals to adventure into the future of space exploration. The Space-Teams will be led by former NASA astronaut and Director of Texas A&M’s AeroSpace Technology, Research & Operations (ASTRO), Dr. Greg Chamitoff.
Using a collaborative space system virtual reality (VR) program, the trainee astronauts will conduct a human space exploration mission. This includes building their own spacecraft, traveling across the vast expanses of space, and creating their own base.
This week-long mission will provide teams with lessons focused on the technical knowledge and theoretical understanding that is required to make decisions, plan and conduct a successful space mission.
The young astronauts will then be able to apply their newfound knowledge within the simulations to design a mission to another planet within our solar system.
Daily mission training will include a one- hour live tutorial with an expert on the day’s topic. Guidance will be given on how to complete the corresponding simulation activity.
Evaluation and immediate feedback on team mission performance is important for team performance and success. Each Space Team will receive feedback enabling the opportunity to re-evaluate their approach to achieve higher scores, leading to an iterative design process.
Individuals will be grouped into teams to execute the week-long mission and they will be able to view the Space Teams Mission scoreboard to see how they are placing throughout the competition. Quizzes and questionnaires will be utilized to help assess the level of trainee astronaut learning throughout the program.
Six activities lead to composite scores based on spaceship design, flight planning, piloting, habitat design, surface exploration and sustainability. Points will generally be awarded based on the successful completion of a task or scaled by how much the objective was achieved. In order to optimize their scores within each activity, the young astronauts will need to critically think about the long-term impacts of each decision. There will be numerous awards presented at the culmination of the Space Teams Virtual Space Mission.