Hamilton Secondary College, in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, officially opened its space centre at a ceremony during the 68th International Astronautical Congress at the school on September 28, 2017.
The Space School facility has three main areas created for its space science programs – a simulated Martian crater and landscape, a Mission Control Room and Briefing Room.
Designed to provide a unique extra-terrestrial learning experience, students will role play space scenarios with teams taking turns to operate as astronauts collecting samples on the Mars surface, and scientists monitoring data and problem solving in the Mission Control Room.
The facility’s Martian landscape has been designed to mimic a crater on Mars, with the surface built from rocks collected from all over Australia to map out 7 different geological areas. The design simulates real-life Martian explorations in the same way that NASA sends space probes to land in craters, as they are prime locations to gather samples.
The centre is based on the Victorian Space and Science Education Centre at Strathmore Secondary College in Melbourne.
Hamilton Secondary College has been the focus for South Australian Space School activities since 1997. Hamilton Space School will offer activities that incorporate a problem solving learning methodology and deliver integrated STEM activities based on the Australian curriculum.
The Hamilton Space School provides an authentic experience for students who will be able to participate in activities like communicating with astronauts in real time and use the very latest software.