Over the school holidays, we hosted a two-day Astro Engineering course which incorporated a range of tasks encouraging participants to wonder and explore their curiosity.
A ‘Wonder Wall’ using visuals stimulated discussion and big-picture thinking and afforded the girls time to ponder and record questions they wanted to explore further.
Participants were taken on a virtual tour of the International Space Station, sparking rich discussion and provoking further questions ahead of the excursion the following day.
Participants were challenged to construct robotic equipment and program them to complete a variety of space missions, testing the persistence of the girls.
It was interesting to observe their different reactions and witness the strategies each girl used to work through the challenges both independently and in their team.
The excursion to the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research afforded the girls the chance to learn from researchers and PhD students and try their hand at a range of tasks including constructing and using solar telescopes.
The content was highly engaging and cognitively demanding, leaving the girls with aspirations of becoming future astrophysicists or astronauts.