NASA Inspiring NT Students to Reach for Stars

Aspiringastronauts, aerospace engineers and astrophysicists have been given a life-changingexperience with the visit of NASA Science Engineers to Territory schools.

TaminminCollege students were today given the opportunity to learn from NASA JetPropulsion Laboratory engineers at the schools new $12.7 million Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Centre.

TheTerritory Labor Government is positioning the Northern Territory to benefitfrom opportunities in the growing space economy, which globally is set to beworth USD $1 Trillion by 2030.

NASAconfirmed in May it will launch sounding rockets into space from the ArnhemSpace Centre, near Nhulunbuy, next year.

NASAengineer Todd Barber is part of a team which has this week spoken to a numberof Territory students and visited schools in Maningrida and Nhulunbuy, and willvisit Darwin schools tomorrow.

Theyhave shared first-hand experiences in working in space science, aerospace andastrophysics industry with students and teachers.

Studentsalso got an insight into how some of these engineers led propulsion teams on arange of space missions to Saturn and Mars.

TheNASA school visits supports the Northern Territory Governments STEM in theTerritory 2018-2022 Strategy which informs the delivery of STEM in ourschools.

Thevisit to Territory schools has been co-ordinated by One Giant Leap Australia, whichis working to ensure future generations of Australians reach their fullpotential in STEM.

Quotesattributable to Minister for Children and Chief Minister Michael Gunner.

Theopportunity to have NASA engineers share stories about the work they do in theSpace industry opens up whole new frontier of job possibilities for youngTerritorians.

TheArnhem Space Centre will allow our next generation to be part of the burgeoningSpace economy. It will help drive innovation, create direct and indirect jobsin our own backyard and it will diversify our economy.

TheAustralian Government estimates in thenext 10 years our domestic space industry could grow to employ 20,000 peopleand be worth A$12 Billion.

Weare positioning ourselves to be a part of that.

As noted byMinister for Education Selena Uibo

TheTerritory Labor Governments STEM in the NT strategy is preparing our studentsfor the jobs of the future.

Weknow STEM is a growing and evolving industry, and that 75 per cent of thefastest growing jobs worldwide are in these fields.

Tohave world-class leaders in space science in our Territory schools, includingsome of our remote schools, is an amazing opportunity for our students to learnfrom the best in the business.

As noted by SeniorPropulsion Engineer from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Todd Barber.

Itsalways a delight to share our recent discoveries in space science withstudents; to make them realise that the cosmos is for everybody.

Itsunbelievable for us to have the opportunity to visit students in the NorthernTerritory; to get them fired up about STEM and inspire them to go into STEMcareers when they leave school.

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