The live event was held on the 2nd of December at the Prince Henry Centre in Little Bay, NSW, while a webinar is scheduled for the 9th of December.
A team of space researchers, engineers, and technicians from Lockheed Martin Australia attended the event, speaking and participating in demonstrations to students attending the event.
Around 250 students in years 9 and 10 from across NSW attended the event, which was designed to showcase Australia’s emerging space industry through variations displays, hands-on challenges and demonstrations.
The program was delivered as a collaborative event by a range of institutions, including the STEM Industry School Partnerships and Regional Industry Education Partnerships program, the NSW Department of Education, the University of NSW Canberra Space team, the NSW Space Research Network and the Australian space industry.
David Ball, Lockheed Martin Australia’s regional director for space, spoke about the LMA team working with the event.
“Lockheed Martin Australia is proud to sponsor the inaugural Young Space Explorers event, a coordinated effort between government, industry and education institutions to inspire and ignite students’ aspirations for careers in space,” he said.
“We believe the industry has an important role to play by investing in initiatives that can support the Australian Space Agency to realise its goals to triple the size of Australia’s space industry to AU$12 billion and create up to 20,000 new Australian jobs by 2030.
“Australia has one of the fastest growing space sectors in the world, making attracting more students to pursue study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) critical to realising a sustainable, sovereign space industry,” Ball said.
The director of UNSW Canberra Space, Russell Boyce, also commented on the event, praising its efforts to encourage young people into the industry.
“With an emphasis on immersive learning, Young Space Explorers has been designed to open students’ eyes to the breadth of space careers available and help equip teachers with the skills, insights and confidence to use space in their classrooms.
“While having Lockheed Martin Australia and the Australian Space Agency present added to the excitement for students, their support as sponsors of the event was invaluable. It enabled us to extend the reach of our program and provide students and their teachers from regional New South Wales the opportunity to attend the event.”
Liam McAneny is a journalist who has written and edited for his University International Relations journal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong in 2021. He joined Momentum Media in 2022 and currently writes for SpaceConnect and Australian Aviation. Liam has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations as well as astronomy.
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