VSSEC Receives Australia-Japan Foundation Grant

VSSEC Receives Australia-Japan Foundation Grant

After the success of the It IS Rocket Science! Teacher Trip to Japan, VSSEC is pleased to announce that it has received a second Australia-Japan Foundation grant to bring Japanese Teachers to Australia.

The Space Down Under: Japanese Teacher Program in Australia, will build on the existing collaboration between VSSEC and the JAXA Space Education Center and promote future collaboration between Australia and Japan in the areas of education, science and technology. The program is supported by the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the CSIRO through the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Questacon and the ACT Government Department of Education and Training. It provides an opportunity for six Japanese science teachers, accompanied by a JAXA representative, to travel to Australia and work with experienced space science educators, experience some of Australia’s leading space technologies, and share ideas with Australian science teachers. The program will be conducted mid 2013 and includes:

- two days at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre investigating how VSSEC uses scenario-based learning to increase engagement and achievement in STEM education . The program will include an in-depth look at VSSEC’s Mission to Mars, Robotic Mission to Mars, Mission to the Orbiting Space Laboratory and Living in Space Language (Japanese) programs. In particular the program will explore how Japanese teachers can access the Robotic Mission to Mars program and control the VSSEC Mars rover from Japan, and the support provided by the JAXA Space Education Centre during the development of the Living in Space Language program;

- a day at the Mt Stromlo Observatory with Australian teachers including: a briefing on Australia’s involvement in the Giant Magellan Telescope project; a tour of the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre and a briefing on its satellite assembly and testing capability; a CanSat workshop; a tour of EOS Space Systems and an expert presentation on monitoring space debris; an opportunity for Australian and Japanese teachers to exchange ideas (including a video link with participants of the previous project); and an evening astronomical observing session with an expert presenter;  

- a behind the scenes tour of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and an expert briefing on Australia’s support of space exploration missions such as Voyager, the Moon landings, the Huygens Titan probe, the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity, and more…. 

- a tour of Questacon and an opportunity to explore how science is communicated to the public in an interactive setting

- a visit to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and the opportunity to interact with Australian wildlife

Australian teachers interested in participating in the program should contact VSSEC at information@vssec.vic.edu.au