Two Wells Primary School’s space mission

Two Wells Primary School is shooting for the stars and hopes to be involved in the first ever South Australian Schools Space Mission.

The school is submitting a bid to be a part of the unique program, which will see three Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) experiments created by school students sent into space to spend a year attached to the International Space Station.

High-tech sensors will stream data back to the schools allowing them to analyse the results.

TWPS principal Lynda Fitzpatrick-Brown said the school’s involvement in the mission was a fantastic opportunity for its students and wider school community to take an active role in both STEM activities and the state’s aerospace industry.

“By the end of last term the school had to propose up to three ideas for experiments, then, this term classes will be working with industry and tertiary education organisations to complete a more detailed design of the proposals,” Mrs Fitzpatrick-Brown said.

“At the end of Term 3, a select group of students will get the opportunity to present our ideas to professionals at the 68th International Astronautical Congress being hosted in
Adelaide.

“After this presentation, six schools will be selected to progress their experiment to the next stage.

“We are working towards being one of those six.”

If you have skills and experience in the science, engineering or aerospace industry that could assist the school in being successful in their bid please contact TWPS science teacher, Mike Hawkey during school hours on 8520 2277 or email mike.hawkey570@schools.sa.edu.au.

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