We are thrilled to announce that our application for the Aurora Inclusive Space Education Program has been successful, and we have been selected to participate in the 2024 Aurora Mission! This initiative, sponsored by the Andy Thomas Space Foundation, aims to provide students and young people living with a disability and inequity with engaging and accessible opportunities in the growing space industry.

What is the Aurora Mission?

The Aurora Mission is an innovative program designed to make space exploration and industry participation inclusive and empowering for all. It aims to:

  • Make space a place for everyone.
  • Offer unique and engaging educational experiences tailored to individuals living with disabilities.
  • Promote the space industry’s adaptation to, and empowerment of, individuals living with disabilities, enabling them to utilise their talents and build confidence.

Who Can Participate?

The program is open to 40 students and young people aged 12 to 21 from each participating schools. While it is particularly suited for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is available to any student who may benefit.

What’s Involved?

Participants will visit the Space Discovery Centre in North Terrace, Adelaide, for a private, sensory-sensitive session. This includes hands-on interactives, opportunities to meet space industry experts, and witnessing real-time operations in the live mission control centre.

In addition, our school will receive a 12-month subscription to Makers Empire’s 3D modelling software, a 3D printer, consumables, and training. Makers Empire will also conduct a tailored workshop where Our Woodville students will design and 3D print models inspired by their visit. Students will have the chance to share and showcase their creations as part of the program.

All costs are covered, excluding any travel. We look forward to embarking on this exciting journey and providing Our Woodville students with a truly out-of-this-world experience!

For more details and to stay updated, please contact our Science and STEM Coordinator, Jordan Della Pietra, via email. Jordan.dellapietra783@schools.sa.edu.au