Astronauts Australia in partnership with NASA Space Center Houston Invites
Australian Science students who are thinking of following a career in either
science, technology or engineering to apply for this NASA Space Engineering
course to be conducted at NASAís Johnson Space Center Houston from April 7th to
April 17th 2012.
prestigious course is open to Australian secondary school students in years 10
and 11. A limited number of places are
available, with teachers and students being selected from all states and
Space School modules cover subjects such as rocketry, interplanetary flight,
gravity, weightlessness, artificial satellites, projectiles, re-entry and much
more On completion of the course students will receive their graduation
certificate which will be of great value when they seek employment in the coming
years, students will also be given an insight into future job opportunities that
are available working within NASA.
At the end of
the course, students will attend a formal graduation dinner, where graduation
certificates, Major individual and team awards will be presented, students will
also be receiving a letter of reference and a graduation
shirt. The graduation dinner will be attended by leading NASA personnel
including Astronauts, Scientists, Engineers and Education officerís.
Included in the
program is a visit to the Challenger Learning Center and
students will take part in a mission control program and witness the Northern
hemisphere night sky.
Parents will be
able to witness all the day to day activities by visiting a special website that
will have updated images of student activities posted on the site each evening.
Duration of the
program is 11 days departing Sydney on the 7th
of April and
returning to Sydney on the 17th of April 2012.
The Program and Projects
Students in Space Center Houstonís Space School will be on a 5 day engineering
mission to land a rover on the surface of Mars! You will analyse rock samples
with a Reflectance Spectrometer, loft a rock sample into Martian orbit, and
return it back to Earth in a rocket of their own design.
All the time, working
within a NASA budget; knowing that funds or supplies for your projects may be
decreased at anytime due to budget cuts, safety regulations, or any other excuse
the staff may give to make the experience truly dynamic and representative of
the real NASA world.
Teamwork, Problem Solving, Fiscal Responsibility, Communication and Adaptation
to Unexpected Problems.
Design, Build and Launch a Rocket
Students will engineer a rocket of their own design, including deciding which
rocket parts are needed and what they can afford given their own NASA project.
Rockets will be launched at NASAís Johnson Space Center (weather permitting).
Build a Robotic Mars Rover
Given a set of parameters and tasks each rover must accomplish on Mars, students
must decide how to create a robotic rover. They start with price lists for
supplies and given varying criteria, students design, build and test their
rover. Teams put their rovers to the test on a Marian landscape competition to
locate and retrieve the Marian rocks most valuable to NASA.
Engineer a Rover Lander
During this phase of the mission, teams must design and create a Lander which
will safely protect its rover payload from the impact of landing on the Martian
surface. Payload protection is critical as the success of the rover mission
cannot be accomplished if the rover is damaged before it is able to explore
Mars. Working within a budget, students must ensure their cargo can withstand
the impact of a 3 story drop; as well as, reach a predetermined landing site.
Lofting Into Space
Students will engineer an apparatus capable of carrying all of its rocket pieces
safely upwards 2 stories at a 60 degree angle of ascent. Within a budget,
students will design and redesign an ascent vehicle methodically and with
considerable problem solving.
Given information about specific topics, all groups must present the necessary
information to accomplish their rocket, rover, landing and lofting projects.
Each team will have different, but vital pieces of information which must be
shared with all groups in order to ensure success. Since teams do not have the
same information, communication is critical! Space Center Houston administration
and all teams evaluate presentations for style and content knowledge.
Wow! NASA Tours
Several tours are given at Johnson Space Center, highlighting both Mars and
project related themes. See historic Mission Control Centers and the Space
Station Mock-up Facility with its life-sized models of the International Space
Station and Space Shuttle. Visit the Neutral Buoyancy, Laboratory where
astronauts train for Extravehicular Activities (EVA) in simulated micro gravity.
See up close the rockets used in the early space program, as well as
Talk to NASA Experts
Hear a wide variety of presentations by NASA personnel who are really making
space exploration happen. Topics may include: Space Exploration, Rocket
Propulsion, Mission Control, the Space Program, the International Space Station,
Space Shuttle, Robotics or Space Physiology.
Astronaut Skills Training
The Astronaut in space skills training program includes sessions in
scuba diving and is a safe simulation of performing functions in a
weightless environment, this new inclusion into the JSC/SCH engineering
course created huge excitement by our teachers and students during their
recent 2011 course.