UPCOMING MISSIONS

International SpaceCRAFT Exploration
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JULY 4 - 9, 2022

BLASTING OFF IN JULY 2022!
We are accepting Teams to join our next INTERNATIONAL SpaceCRAFT EXPLORATION CHALLENGE!

 
About the Challenge

For more than a half-century, Space Exploration has been an inspirational force in our society toward the development and application of science and engineering.  The International SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge gives students an incredible opportunity to participate in space exploration themselves - virtually.

 

As part of a mission team, students will literally design spacecraft, navigate to another planet, land their vehicle, build a planetary habitat, and explore a new planet to find resources in order to sustain human life.  Students will learn from subject matter experts including astronauts, scientists and engineers who are directly involved in ongoing missions as they compete with other teams for the best mission design. 

 

Lessons on topics ranging from planetary science to spacecraft systems, orbital mechanics to robotic exploration, bring all aspects of space exploration to an understandable level for young students, who learn by doing and creating with these concepts themselves.  The outcome of this program is to inspire young explorers to pursue STEM subjects in school and ultimately enable them to join the international community of scientists and engineers working on the space frontier.

Open to Explorers ages 11 and up. For this International Challenge, the maximum team size is 10. It is recommended that smaller teams of 4 is the optimal number. Schools may wish to enter a number of smaller teams instead of a larger one. Explorers can register as teams or individuals and be placed on a team.

 

Team registration is underway. Please try to register by June 25, 2022 to receive the full week of prep.

The ideal team-size is four, the price of the week-long challenge for teams of four is $2,000 Australian or $1,520 US or for individual explorers $500 Australian or $380 US.

 

Online and Virtual

 

Location: Online

July  3 - 8, 2022 US

Time: 5:00 pm PST (Los Angeles, CA)

July 4 - 9, Australia

 

Time: 10:00 am  Australia (Sydney)

Price: $500 AUS, $380 US per young  astronaut.

Computer Requirements

  • A CPU with at least 4 cores / 2.7 GHZ

  • 8 GB RAM

  • 15 GB available on Hard Drive

  • Windows 10

  • GPU Recommended

SPACE TEAMS: MISSION OZ

August 15-20, 2022

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About the Mission

To celebrate Science Week, One Giant Leap Australia Foundation and Space Teams is proud to announce ‘Mission OZ!’ This six-day virtual space 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.

Open to Explorers ages 11 and up. For this Immersive Mission, the maximum team size is 10. It is recommended that smaller teams of 4 is the optimal number. Schools may wish to enter a number of smaller teams instead of a larger one. Explorers can register as teams or individuals and be placed on a team.

 

Team registration is underway. Please try to register by July 25, 2022 to receive the full week of prep.

The ideal team-size is four, the price of the week-long challenge for teams of four is $2,000 Australian or $1,520 US or for individual explorers $500 Australian or $380 US.

 

Online and Virtual

 

Location: Online

August 14 - 19, 2022 US

Time: 5:00 pm PST (Los Angeles, CA)

August 15 - 20, 2022 Australia

 

Time: 10:00 am  Australia (Sydney)

Price: $500 AUS, $380 US per young  astronaut.

Computer Requirements

  • A CPU with at least 4 cores / 2.7 GHZ

  • 8 GB RAM

  • 15 GB available on Hard Drive

  • Windows 10

  • GPU Recommended

Testimonials from Completed Missions

“The overall experience of the challenge was amazing and the knowledge gained will be very useful for my future learning. It gave me insight into potential careers in the space industry and I am now thinking I could study either astrophysics or aeronautical engineering with the possibility of working for the Australian Space Agency or even NASA.” 

                                                  - Chris Olde, Toronto High, 2021 International SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge winner

“I enjoyed listening to the talks from previous astronauts as well as the Australian robotics expert from JPL Ben Morrell. It has helped me realise why this is an excellent avenue for me to pursue later on in life.” 

                                               - Sebastian Hornsby, Toronto High, International SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge winner

"Thank you so much for providing this wonderful activity for students.I know our students  were thoroughly engaged throughout the activities and we were all very impressed and excited with the quality of the challenges presented, as well as expert and engaging guest speakers who no doubt, along with Dr. Chamitoff, provided much inspiration for all students attending."

                                                   - Rob Barter, Head of Department – STEM, Newcastle Grammar School

"ThIs experience was definitely one of the best!!!! The cooperation across and within the teams was dynamic and priceless.  The vocabulary they gained and expressed was so incredible. Thank you very much for organizing this awesome competition! It was well worth it and I’m sure this is an experience that our students will share for the rest of their lives... Keep spreading the challenge. We need to expose our “Artemis Generation” with this degree of knowledge to be prepared for the upcoming future.  To infinity and beyond..."

                                                  - Belinda Guzman, Dean of Instruction, BISD

"First off, may I congratulate you and your team for staging an utterly first-class competition.
As the STEM competitions coordinator for my school, I have never seen such attention to detail, dedication, and diversity of content encompassed in a single competition. The SpaceCraft software platform that your team developed was a truly amazing design tool, especially with regard to the numerous facets of space exploration that it addressed;. My students were utterly engaged in optimizing the balance between the various parameters to achieve a success outcome. I’m sure you have inspired several new candidates for the astronaut corps!
 

                                                   - Dave Bonzo, Lead Educator, STEM 9-12, St Philip’s Christian College (Newcastle Campus)