APRSAF Water Rocket Event and Poster Competition











APRSAF Water Rocket Event and Poster Competition Announced



In November 2010, the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) will be held in Melbourne. This event will be co-hosted by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and promotes collaboration between the regions space agencies. To support this objective, and promote awareness of the benefits of space technology, the APRSAF Space Education and Awareness Working Group established a [intlink id="2264" type="page"]poster design competition[/intlink] for students aged 8 to 11 years, a [intlink id="2311" type="page"]Water Rocket Event[/intlink] for students aged 12 to 16 years, and an [intlink id="2311" type="page"]Educators Workshop[/intlink] to be held in association with the Water Rocket Event.














APRSAF Water Rocket Event and Educators Workshop 20th - 21st Nov 2010










In 2010 Mars will be the target for budding rocket scientists from around the Asia-Pacific when they compete in the Water Rocket Event in Melbourne.


The APRSAF Space Education and Awareness Working Group established the Water Rocket Event at APRSAF-11 in Canberra. Since then the event has been held in Japan, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Thailand. The event promotes regional collaboration and the use of space to engage students in the study of science. The addition of an Educators Workshop provides an opportunity for teachers to exchange ideas and build skills. In 2010 educators will participate in workshops on both water rocket  and launcher design. Advanced workshops will be available for educators who are ready to extend their design skills.

National Competition to Select Australian Participants


A National Competition will be held to select a student and teacher from each Australian state and territory to attend the APRSAF Water Rocket Event and Educators Workshop. Thanks to the Space Policy Unit and the Engineers Australia National Committee for Space Engineering all travel, accommodation and meals will be provided. Additional places are available for Australian teachers wishing to attend the Educators Workshop.

*Applications close Friday 22nd October 2010*


For more information and competition guidelines refer to the [intlink id="2248" type="page"]Competitions[/intlink] section of the VSSEC website.

APRSAF Poster Design Competition










In celebration of APRSAF, and the International Year of Biodiversity, students between the age of 8 and 11 are invited to design a poster based on the theme:



“Space Technology to Help the Earth”


A Power Point Presentation has been prepared to assist teachers to introduce the topic and stimulate discussion. Please visit the [intlink id="2248" type="page"]Competitions[/intlink] section of this website for competition guidelines and to download the Power Point presentation.



* posters must be received no later than Monday 11th October 2010 *


Three posters will be selected to represent Australia, these entries will be displayed with the finalists from the other Asia-Pacific countries at APRSAF-17 in Melbourne, 23rd – 26th Nov 2010. The posters will be judged by members of the APRSAF Space Education and Awareness Working Group and registered participants of APRSAF-17. All finalists will receive a certificate of participation and prizes will be awarded for the three posters that receive the greatest number of votes.


For more information and competition guidelines refer to the [intlink id="2248" type="page"]Competitions[/intlink] section of the VSSEC website.