Meet the girls who could be the astronauts of the future – a SMH article

26 June 2017

A life-changing journey to NASA promises to inspire the ultimate STEM career for 90 junior students from 14 schools in NSW when they journey to world-renowned HASSE Junior Space School in the USA these school holidays as part of an Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia program in partnership with iVicon.

Dubbed ‘youth astronaut training’ the two-week hands-on program teaches amazing teamwork skills as the girls work together on simulated missions to repair the international space station or land an exploration rover on Mars, delve into marine biology, forensics and robotics and explore personal growth skills.

The Sydney Morning Herald covered the story with an interview with the recipient of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia Space Camp Scholarship, Year 8 PLC Croydon student, Julia Cummins as well as with Loreto Kirribilli deputy principal Miriam Berlage.


Some of the trip highlights:

  • Tour the Johnson Space Centre – NASA’s leading facility
  • Mission training – limited gravity trainer
  • Investigate the future of spaceflight
  • Teamwork to solve simulated missions
    • Landing a rover on Mars
    • Construct and launch a rocket
  • CSI style forensics course
  • Marine Biology course
  • Space suits, living in space and the shuttle program
  • Meet a NASA astronaut