Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Cosmic camp for budding student astronauts

    23/09/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Perth students headed to Alabama to take part in US space academy
    • Will replicate walking on the moon and floating in space
    A group of Western Australian students will have an out of this world experience when they take part in an advanced space academy program in the United States.
     
    The 26 students, aged 14 to 16, from Rockingham Senior High School will visit the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, for a six-day program.
     
    Education Minister Liz Constable said learning about space from one the world’s leaders in space exploration was a unique opportunity.
     
    “Rockingham Senior High School has a specialist program in Maritime Studies and students learn about aquatics, snorkelling, first aid, boating, kayaking and scuba diving. This space camp is something completely different for them,” Dr Constable said.
     
    “As Australia has no space or astronaut program, this opportunity to learn at an advanced space centre is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
     
    “It is impressive that our public schools are offering students these experiences. Through this program students may develop a passion for astronomy and aerospace and select a career in the field.”
     
    Principal Kerry Chipchase said the students were chosen for their exceptional behaviour, academic achievements, leadership potential, ability to work in a team and eagerness to be challenged.
     
    “This trip is just one of the ways we challenge and extend our students,” Ms Chipchase said.
     
    “In the United States the students will take part in astronaut training, which includes using equipment that replicates walking on the moon and spinning out of control in a spacecraft.
     
    “They will also use state-of-the-art NASA equipment and go on a six hour simulated space mission.”

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