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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.

The Gathering Part Three: Wednesday

July 13th, 2020|

Today was a day of fun and creativity with Jenna coming to spend some time with the Student Ambassadors. Jenna is a photography and visual arts teacher in an all girls’ public high school in Sydney. She is a huge supporter of One Giant Leap Australia and is extremely creative. She is a cosplay guru and loves inspiring everyone to do their best. With her ability to encourage everyone to think outside the box, be creative and use their ingenuity,

KIBO Robot Programming Challenge Training & Support

July 12th, 2020|

Over the last few days One Giant Leap Australia Foundation (OGLAF) facilitated and hosted a special training and support program offered to all Australian teams registered for this year’s KIBO Robot Programming Challenge (RPC). There are many keen teams participating in the challenge but over the last few months there were gaps identified in some of the participants knowledge and experience. There was also a late start and extra logistical challenges due to COVID-19 restrictions. OGLAF believes this challenge is

The Gathering Part Two: Tuesday

July 12th, 2020|

This morning the student ambassadors did a hands-on activity, simulating and comparing various orbits to calculate the best time for launch to Mars. They learnt and discussed why there are launch-windows, times in which is it suitable to launch to Mars and if that opportunity is missed, whole programs might need to be scrapped and a new program started to coincide with the next launch window. This might not be for another two years, cause a lot of wastage of