Australian Virtual Astronaut (AVA) Challenge

Complete a 9-week STEM design sprint based on challenges facing NASA’s Artemis and the Australian space industry. AVA teams will choose from a set of four scenarios and design a solution presented in the form of either a 90 second video pitch or poster. A number of teams will then be selected to pitch their ideas at the Young Space Explorers event on 2nd December in Sydney!

– Earth Observation: Milo Institute – The University of Arizona
– Robotics: Trailblazer – The Australian Space Agency
– Home on the Moon: Aldrin Family Foundation
– Growing Food in Space: Magnitude.io

Key Dates: August 29 – December 2, 2022

Monday Aug 29, 2022 12:30 PM AEST: Challenge begins with live webinar
Wednesday Oct 12, 2022 12:30 PM AEST: Mid-challenge webinar
Friday Nov 11, 2022: Submission date for poster or video
Friday Dec 2, 2022: Young Space Explorer event
Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra

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Key Information to Teachers on Delivery
This program has been designed to be delivered flexibly. Therefore teachers can use as much or as little of the materials as they wish. It could be finished in a couple of lessons or over a number of weeks.

Register your class
Be quick to register and secure your young astronauts’ place in this exciting challenge. Teachers register to get your unique webinar link.

Weekly Missions

The AVA schedule includes 2 x 45 minute live streamed webinars (also recorded), with weekly mission content uploaded each Monday to the AVA website to support teachers to deliver the program. A number of special events will also be made exclusively available to participants. There will also be a celebration event known as the Young Space Explorers held in Sydney Australia. Weekly missions with video content will be released every Monday at 9:30am AEST, starting 29 August.

Who is the challenge for?

The challenge is ideal for students in Years 5 – 10 and specifically suited to students studying iSTEM, Science, Mandatory Technology, or primary science and technology classes. There will be for different entry levels for the challenge:

Stage 3 – Years 5 and 6
Stage 4 – Years 7 and 8
Stage 5 – Years 9 and 10 (Eligible for Phase 2)