The Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) was established to enhance the development of each country's space program and to exchange views toward future cooperation in space activities in the Asia-Pacific region. APRSAF has been holding annual meetings initiated jointly by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and co-host organisations to discuss current space related issues and possible cooperation among countries mainly from the Asia-Pacific region.
APRSAF also aims to promote awareness and how space technology benefits the community including building skills for the industry through education activities. To support this objective, and promote awareness the APRSAF Space Education and Awareness Working Group established a poster design competition for students aged 8 to 11 years, a Water Rocket Event for students aged 12 to 16 years, and an Educators Workshop to be held in association with the Water Rocket Event.
The Water Rocket Event
St John’s Anglican College in Queensland have been announced as the successful Australian representatives to compete at the APRSAF 18 Water Rocket competition on 3-4 December 2011 in Singapore. Jack Ennis, Darcy Molloy and their teacher, Ian Lightbody will ensure their water rocket competing for flight accuracy in the competition. The competition aims to build knowledge in rocketry and encourage students in the area of space science.
The Water Rocket Event has representatives from approximately 15 countries competed against each other, in building their water rocket and then targeting it at a designated target.
More than 70 students and teachers from around 12 countries including Australia participated in the Water Rocket Event.