Sparking Change from the Stars: Unleashing Young Minds to Solve Community Challenges with Space Technology

Feature Articles Wednesday, 28 June 2023

Empowering Future Innovators of the Northern Territory

First and foremost, we would like to congratulate Gunbalanya on their win at the Kids in Space NT Showcase. Kids in Space is an incredible space themed 3D-printing event. The program fosters enthusiasm for students, motivating them to leverage space technology to create pragmatic solutions for the technological challenges within their communities.

Kids in Space showcased the exceptional teamwork and ingenuity of Gunbalanya, who dedicated themselves to a project that had a direct impact On Country.

Students from Gunbalanya will travel to Adelaide later this year to be a part of the national showcase for their 3D-printed design which will measure tides coming in and out of Cahills Crossing – making it easier to judge when it will be safe to cross.

The event celebrated the power of collaboration and highlighted what can be achieved when individuals come together. It was a proud moment for everyone involved as we welcomed seven teams from across all education sectors in the Northern Territory. The diversity of participants added a special dimension to the event, showcasing the collective potential, and fostering a sense of unity.

One of the highlights of the event for us was the Peer Recognition Award. This award was voted upon by all participants, and our amazing team from Year 5 were humbled to be the recipients.

Hosting Kids in Space at Ƶ has opened doors for future collaborations with Makers Empire, Australian Space Agency, and The Andy Thomas Space Foundation. The partnership between Ƶ, Kids in Space, Gunbalanya, Nganambala, Berry Springs School, Driver Primary School, Bees Creek Primary School, Clyde Fenton Primary School, and Manunda Terrace Primary School is a testament to the shared vision of empowering students and supporting their initiatives. Together, we will continue to work on projects that bring about positive change in the community and the world.

It is important to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our amazing Year 5 Teacher, Lauren Griffiths, who led the organisation of the event. Her commitment to education and her students is admirable. Thank you, Lauren, for your outstanding hard work on this event.

Hosting Kids in Space at Ƶ was a celebration of talent, teamwork, and the power of community engagement. It highlighted the incredible potential that lies within the Northern Territory and the positive impact that can be achieved through collaboration.