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Australian International Space School (AISS)

The Australian International Space School was established in 1992 as the first Space education program in Australia.  It is a five day residential Space Science School specifically designed for students aged sixteen and seventeen who have demonstrated a keen interest and aptitude for Spaces Science related subjects, and is held annually in different States throughout Australia.



  • To provide an opportunity for young Australians to share their interests in Space Science.

  • To stimulate the interest of young Australian to pursue a career in the many fields of Space Science.

  • To enable Australian students to interact with International delegates with similar interests.

  • To expand the professional skills of educators in the fields of Space Science.

  • To assist in the development of State and Territory Space Schools.

AISS Program

AISS provides a high quality, rigorous educational program for attending students, which highlights Australia’s role in space science & technology, main topics in the program includes, astronomy, satellite and remote sensing, technology and Australia’s role in space development.

AISS is a fully residential space program with activities being held at institutions. Museums, observatories and space industry organizations.

AISS accepts up to 100 students each year including a number of international students and teachers.  Students are selected from applications submitted.

Those selected represent the elite of Australia’s secondary school science students.

To date AISS has hosted delegations from United Kingdom, USA, Russia, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Ukraine and Hungary.

AISS also hosted the 1996 Young Astronauts International Conference, with over 300 students representing many countries in attendance, and was held in Sydney.

Each year AISS invites an NASA Astronaut to attend its school programs, past Astronauts include, Mission specialist Dr Paul Scully-Power, the first Australian in space, Shuttle Pilot Major Pamela Melroy, Commander John Young, Australian born Andy Thomas, also Dr Scott Parazynski and geologist Jim Reilly.


September 27th to Tuesday October 1st
Sydney - ACT

Secondary school students entering years 10 -11 in 2013 from around Australia and overseas are invited to apply for selection in this prestigious nationwide Space Science School.

Up to 100 students will take part in exciting learning activities including Lectures, workshops and excursions. The school also features scientists, engineers and Australian experts in space science education, as well as special overseas guest presenters.

The AISS is a 5 day hands-on residential school conducting lessons and associated activities that cover a range of space sciences such as space travel, astronomy, rocketry, astrobiology, meteorite impacts, lunar and Martian geology. Program activities include among other things, visits to Sydney Observatory, Powerhouse museum, Mt Stromlo and Tidbinbilla deep space tracking centre.

Awards number of major Achievement Awards will presented to those students who show future leadership qualities during the school.

AISS 2013 will see the 20th running of its space school and will incorporate a number of anniversary celebrations, including past student and teacher reunion activities.

Students who attend AISS will automatically become eligible to be selected to attend the Space Centre Houston Engineering School during 2013. Students will have the chance to receive a $5500 grant to attend the 2013 Johnson Space Center engineering school.

AISS is organised by a team of volunteers with extensive backgrounds in space science activities and educational programs.

The Team

Head Teacher: Mike Roach

* Recipient of the CSR fellowship Award
* SATA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science Education
* South Australian Premiers Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
* Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship Award
Australian Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Science Education

Resident engineer: Mike Petkovic

Mike is a senior engineer in the aerospace sector with a wealth of engineering experience gained over two decades of involvement with the Australian and European space industries, specializing in fields of assembly, his achievements in this area include.

* The Endeavour Telescope (STS-42 & STS-67)
* Infrared and visible focal lanes arrays for the ATSR2 (ERS2) & Envisat
* Instrument EAS earth observation missions
* Fedsat Australian demonic satellite

Organising Committee: Jo Hancox, Kate Smith and Ola Radzanowska

Program Coordinator: Anthony Webb

A past youth leader and now program coordinator.

2013 AISS Youth Leader: Jade Seymore

Jade was selected to be the 2013 Youth Leader for her outstanding team leadership qualities during the 2011 NSW Space School and also during the prestigious 2011 Johnson Space Center engineering school.

AISS 2013 Application Form

Application Information:

Cost of the AISS: $550

Cost includes: Accommodation, Meals, Local transport, Workshop materials, Lectures, Graduation Dinner, Graduation Certificate, Admission to outside activities and AISS shirt.

Students will have the chance to receive a $5500 grant to attend the 2013 Johnson Space Center engineering school.



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