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KIBO RPC Finals!

October 16th, 2020|

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. 300 teams entered the competition from around the world, seven made it to the final, and only 3 successfully completed the final mission in Space: Indonesia (first), Thailand (second) and Australia (third), with Japan, UAE, Taiwan, Singapore

Taking You Higher – A Women in Space Teleconference

August 27th, 2020|

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). Dr Alice Gorman: Space Archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field

Have you signed up? Are you the Artemis Generation?

August 10th, 2020|

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 the Orion Crew and Service Module as well as the Senior Manager of the Human Health Countermeasures Exercise and Performance Portfolio. She has coordinated 2,195

Splash landing of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Mission

August 4th, 2020|

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.

Ezra’s Epic Multi-Day Hiking Challenge

July 29th, 2020|

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.

STEM Girl Power Presentations – NSW inspires Queensland!

July 28th, 2020|

One Giant Leap Australia Foundation student ambassador (Jessica, Coco, Nicola and I) were chosen to lead and present in a STEM Girl Power event for the Queensland Education Department. We presented our journey into STEM, our motivations for wanting to pursue a career in STEM, how we incorporated STEM our daily lives and how we participated in different activities that motivated and pushed us into the right future direction. We each created a fun and engaging presentation which was individual

One Giant Leap Australia Foundation Student Ambassadors and the STEM Girl Power Initiative

July 22nd, 2020|

Four of our female One Giant Leap Australia Foundation Student Ambassadors (Nicola, Coco, Jessica and Suzana) have been selected by a representative of the Queensland Government to make a presentation via teleconference to girls registered for their STEM Girl Power Program. Our ambassadors will be talking about their individual journeys in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Each of our student ambassadors have different goals, but they are all related to STEM and they wish to inspire other girls to

Galen VEX and the KIBO Robot Programming Challenge Training and Support Program

July 20th, 2020|

The two day workshop: When we first saw the KIBO Robot Program Challenge (KIBO – RPC) it excited us all. Even though we are from a small regional area, we had the confidence to give this a go. We got our heads around the concept of the challenge. However, once we started looking more closely at the programming involved, we began to have our doubts. One Giant Leap Australia Foundation invited us to participate in a two day workshop with

The Gathering Part Four: Thursday

July 14th, 2020|

One of our new student ambassadors, Ezra Miller, joined us today. Before his arrival Ezra said, “I am super excited to connect with like-minded passionate students and participate in experiments and programs about space and technology. I love learning and these opportunities to make and meet new and old friends.” Ezra hadn’t met some of the other student ambassadors before but in their usual style, they gave him a warm welcome and before long they were chatting like best friends.

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