Teachers, launch Term 4 with a curriculum-linked space challenge

Got STEM-loving students keen to explore the world of science and space? Consider Term 4 sorted. Image: Shutterstock

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. 

AVA Challenge
The AVA Challenge commences on Friday 8 October.

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. 

eLearning mission 

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.


Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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