Register Your School's Interest in the 2024 Kids In Space Education Program

The 2023 Kids in Space program with the Australian Space Agency and The Andy Thomas Space Foundation for 10,000 students, hundreds of teachers and 70+ schools across Australia has been a resounding success. 

Check out the highlights from the student showcases and state/territory finals and the 
professional development days for teachers held in every 
state/territory

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We’re now planning for Kids in Space 2024 so register your school’s interest now.

What is Kids in Space?

Kids in Space is a sponsored space education program for each state and territory that offers industry links and real-world learning opportunities. Kids in Space is designed to encourage younger students to engage with the nation’s growing space ecosystem, introduce them to space technology and different jobs within the space industry and spark their interest in a space career. 

“Participation in the project is a learning experience not to be missed. Your students will learn from you and you will learn from them. Collaboration, communication, creativity and problem-solving skills will be enhanced as you progress through the design thinking process with space in mind.”
Michael Cannavan, Teacher, Cowandilla Primary School

Selected Media Coverage of Kids in Space 2023

What do Schools Receive?

We are still in the planning stages, however, we anticipate a $6,499 package similar to the one awarded to the 2023 Kids in Space schools, which comprised:
 

At the showcase days held in each state or territory, a team from one of the schools was selected as the state or territory winner. This winning team (limited to 1-2 teachers + 6-8 students) was flown to Adelaide, SA, for the national showcase at the Australian Space Discovery Centre

What Do Schools Commit To?

  • Provide release for 2.5 days for 2-5 participating classroom teachers (not IT technicians or non-teaching staff).
  • Support capacity building of teachers through facilitation of ‘flow-on’ professional learning at their sites.
  • Attend 2 face-to-face professional learning days (2 days of PD) in your state or territory.
  • Attend, with nominated students, the Showcase Day (1/2 day) in your state or territory.
  • Participate in professional learning communities.
  • Design, trial and document a learning plan that uses 3D modelling and design based on learning design principles and the Australian Curriculum. Learning plan to be based around space and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Participate in data collection and share their experiences with others

What Do Teachers Say About Kids in Space

What are the Important Dates?

  • July 2023: expressions of interest open for the 2024 program
  • November 15th 2023: expressions of interest close
  • December 2023: successful schools are notified  
  • February 2024: 3D printers shipped out to schools / Professional development days for teachers held in each state/territory 
  • June-July 2024: Showcase day in each state/territory with state winners announced
  • October 2024: National Showcase day

Frequently Asked Questions

We can accommodate 2-5 teachers per school (more by negotiation) for the professional development days. We can accommodate unlimited classes and students in a school to do the Kids in Space program. We can accommodate 4-6 students per class and an accompanying teacher for the showcase days. 

The Kids in Space program has been designed for grades 3-8 students. If you would like to do Kids in Space with other grade levels please email us at info@makersempire.com with the subject ‘Kids in Space grade inquiry’ and we will see what we can do. 

Yes, absolutely! If your school is chosen for Kids in Space, you will receive all of the benefits on top of your existing Makers Empire subscription: your Makers Empire subscription will simply be extended for another year.

Sure! We have had many smaller, regional and area schools participate in our programs before. We encourage all interested schools to apply. 

Expressions of interest close 15 November 2023 for the 2024 Program.

Please use your school email
This helps us plan locations for our PD and showcase days in your state or territory
This is for administration purposes only and does not affect the school selection process.

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