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Expression of interest required

Please email stating your school, year level, preferred date/time, and number of participants.

Through this workshop, students will: 

  • Strengthen their design thinking skills through the application of an unfamiliar design process model. 
  • Develop familiarity with satellite design and function, and with Earth observation technologies.  
  • Understand the usefulness of Earth observation from space. 
  • Identify the three main orbital zones around the Earth, and understand that the different zones are more suited to different purposes. 
  • Recognize the scope of current space utilization in Earth’s orbit and identify some of the challenges associated with this.  
  • This experience is designed as a first-pass mission planning workshop, using information about real technologies and infrastructure. This creates the potential for broad connections to Australian curriculum and lead-in to various possible tasks and units.


The workshop follows a three-part structure: 

  1. Introduction and presentation, where students are given their mission brief and introduced to the design process model used in this workshop. 
  2. Learner- led design exploration, where students plan their mission in three timed blocks, focusing on design and satellite assembly, IR imaging capability testing, then detailed launch and operation planning.  
  3. Whole-class close-out, review and reflection. 

Our department recognises the First Peoples of this Nation and their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to the lands, waters, seas, skies, and communities.

We Acknowledge First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Custodians and Lore Keepers of the oldest living culture and pay respects to their Elders past and present. We extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.