Siena College is pleased to announce that we are offering students in 2020 the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program.
CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.
Junior Space School is training for young explorers and is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel, the development of space-related technologies and are led through several simulated missions. This program is focused on providing relevance to, and inspiring passion for STEAM through exposure to space and broader ‘earth’ science exploration.
Senior Space School is about high-level project management. Students design their own Mission to Mars with a $600 Million budget, build and test all their elements and then present their findings to a panel of NASA experts to receive critical feedback.
Every step of the way students are guided to build skills in goal setting, project planning, critical-thinking and problem-solving.
Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.
Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA.
An information evening will be held on Tuesday, 10 March in the Senior Campus Lecture Theatre, Fintona Girls’ School where students and parents can learn more about the program. Click here to RSVP.
As last year was the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, it was wonderful to again have our Siena College students participating in the 2019 CASE Space School International Study Program at NASA. This opportunity is made possible through our partnership with the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia. During December of the summer holidays, Antonietta Parry participated in the Senior Program in Houston, Texas and Piper Curry attended the Junior Program, which in addition to Houston, also took place in Huntsville, Alabama. Both students returned with exciting stories of their US adventure and enjoyed this STEM learning experience immensely. The following articles written by Antonietta and Piper give a brief insight into these valuable programs.
During the summer holidays in 2019, I was able to go on a two week trip to Houston, Texas where I learnt about space exploration and the behind the scenes actions of NASA and its facilities. Some skills I learnt were how to adapt and become resourceful during an emergency just as how an astronaut would, as well as how to collaboratively work with people I was just starting to know. I was surprised with how many companies there were around the world who communicate on a daily basis and work together to build a space craft, whilst it’s in space. My favourite activity was the scuba training that we got to experience which mimicked what astronauts in training must complete, as well as our rocket building and launch and rover models. I would recommend this experience because of all the amazing guest speakers that highlight how many diverse opportunities there are available at NASA in the future.
Antonietta Parry (Year 12)
At the end of 2019, I went on a two week trip to America on a NASA Space Camp program. During this program I learnt various things about space and how the tools that were needed to travel to space were taken from items used in our everyday lives. Scientists and engineers were able to modify these items and use them to build a rocket that could allow a human to travel to space.
My favourite activity during the program was to take part in space missions. We worked in teams and were given various tasks to see which team could have the smoothest mission. The competition was to see how effectively teams were able to solve challenges. The challenges presented included something going wrong with our rocket or trouble at mission control. Our team had to use the knowledge and skills we had learnt during the week to then fix the problem and continue our mission till another problem arose or we completed our mission.
Piper Curry (Year 10)