Looking for an out-of-this-world STEM activity for Year 5-8 students? The Australian Virtual Astronaut (AVA) Challenge is an awesome STEM education resource
If you’re a STEM teacher looking for exciting, eLearning friendly science and tech-based content to kick off Term 4 – look into The Australian Virtual Astronaut (AVA) Challenge.
Perfect for inclusion in Stage 4 STEM, Technology (Mandatory), or Stage 3 Primary Science and Technology lessons, the free six-week project allows students to be part of a team of astronauts creating a family home outpost on the Moon.
Participants will be challenged to survive, thrive and solve the problems that real-deal astronauts face, by conducting an experiment, designing a device or an environment that can help them grow food.
And the mentor line-up? Out-of-this world! A team of talented STEM-education experts will be joined by International Space sector legends – like Education Chair for the International Space Station’s US National Lab Ted Tagami – to offer regular support.
For teachers, this STEM Industry School Partnership’s (SISP)-endorsed challenge offers ready-made STEM curriculum – a program of 6 weekly sessions – and is ideal for eLearning set-ups.
Students will use the iSTEM engineering design thinking process to complete the challenge and present a one minute video that showcases their solution at the end.
- The AVA Challenge kicks off on Friday 8 October and includes six one-hour weekly sessions, ending on Friday 12 November.
- Weekly missions will live stream from the STEM 2021 website every Friday at 9:30am AEST for 6 weeks, starting Friday 8 October.
Term 4 sorted, right? Sign your trainee astronauts up here.
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