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Join the Australian Virtual Astronaut Challenge!

Choose from several 9-step STEM design sprints based on challenges facing Artemis & the Australian space industry Scenarios

  • Earth Observation: Milo Institute – Arizona State University
  • Robotics: AROSE Lunar Rover
  • Home on the Moon: Aldrin Family Foundation
  • Growing Food in Space: Magnitude.io
  • AI in Space

Missions at your own pace

Use the content on this site to deliver the program at your pace. A number of special events will also be made exclusively available to participants (dates tbc). There will also be a celebration event known as the Young Space Explorers held in Sydney Australia.


Mission 1: Introduction
Mission 2: Define the challenge
Mission 3: Identify the challenge
Mission 4: Brainstorm the solution
Mission 5: Design the solution
Mission 6: Prototype creation
Mission 7: Evaluate the design
Mission 8: Iterate your design
Mission 9: Communicate the Pitch

AROSE Roving Around Challenge

This challenge emphasises the design of a rover’s mobility on the lunar surface. Your team may wish to consider:

 The lunar surface and adhering dust
 Wheel design and traction
 Gravity
 Navigation
 The lunar environment, temperature, and darkness
 Technology considerations related to the harsh lunar environment.

Teams will research and design a solution to one of these challenges and present it in the form of either a 90-second video pitch or poster.

For the AROSE Lunar Rover Challenge, we have two submission opportunities for students.

Students may submit their work and thinking in Semester 1 to receive feedback to refine and develop their pitch or poster for their Semester 2 submission.

The closing dates and details for submission are;

Semester 1

  • Friday 28 June 2024 at 11:59pm AEDT;
    Semester 1 Submissions for the AROSE Lunar Rover Challenge should be emailed to STEM@arose.org.au

Semester 2

Ask the AROSE Experts!

Excitingly, AROSE offers students the chance to Ask the Experts!
Students can fill out this online form to ask AROSE questions each month
regarding their research, their ideas, or their design.

All other scenarios
Submission date: September 23 at 11:59pm AEDT
Pitch Date – November date TBC

Young Space Explorers Event 

A number of primary & high school teams will be selected to pitch their ideas to renowned space industry representatives and venture capitalists. This will occur in November!

Finalists for the 2023 AVA Challenge

High Schools

  • Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • Birrong Girls High School
  • Catherine McAuley, Westmead

Primary Schools (for the first time in the 3 years of competition!)

  • Epping Public School
  • Methodist Ladies’ College

Planned Webinars

Throughout the year are special webinars with space industry experts.
Registration is free and proudly supported by AWS in Communities.

Dates for webinars (12pm Sydney time):

  • Feb 26 – Launch
  • Apr 4 – Leadership in Space
  • Apr 11 – Robotics
  • May 9 – Earth Observation
  • May 16 – Growing Food in Space
  • May 23 – Home on the Moon
  • May 30 – AI in Space
  • June 6 – Telecommunications in Space
  • June 13 – Space Tech
  • June 20 – What is an internship like at NASA JPL through the Milo Mission Academy?
  • Sept 4 – FAQs for submissions

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Executive Committee

Dr Scott Sleap CF
STEM Enrichment Coordinator| Curriculum Secondary Learners
NSW Department of Education
Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence for Secondary Science Teaching
Commonwealth Bank Teaching Fellow

Ben Newsome CF
Churchill Fellow
AMP Tomorrow Maker
UTS Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
Founder of Fizzics Education

Ted Tagami

Ted Tagami
Past User Advisory Committee – Education Chair at ISS US National Lab
CoFounder of Magnitude

Contact Us

For enquiries regarding partnering with the AVA Challenge, please direct enquires to Ben Newsome

Email: support@fizzicseducation.com.au


Jim Christensen

Jim Christensen
Executive Director of ShareSpace Education, the education arm of the Aldrin Family Foundation

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Ian Preston

Deputy Principal NSW Virtual STEM Academy
NSW Department of Education
Global Teacher Ambassador
Wendy Bode

Wendy Bode
Deputy Principal – Global Tropics Future Project
Commonwealth Bank Teaching Fellow
QLD Virtual STEM Academy

Lori Waters

Lori Waters
Space Instructor | Analog Astronaut | Astrobotany Researcher

Kylie & Glenn

Kylie Burrett & Glenn Lawrence
GOLD Good Design Award Winner
Founders of Design Nuts

Dr Ken Hudson

Dr Ken Hudson
Lecturer at UTS
Speaker & Founder of Ideas Blitz

Dr Adrian John Brown

Dr Adrian Brown
Planetary Science Researcher

Allan Ryan

Allan Ryan
Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School
Founder of Hargraves Institute

Mani Thiru

Head of AWS Aerospace & Satellite Solutions for Asia Pacific and Japan

Jasminder Hayer
AWS Solutions Architect for Aerospace & Satellite Solutions
Asia Pacific Japan

Alice Fairey
Senior Programs and Operations Officer
Australian Space Discovery Centre

David Thomas
Executive Director
Milo Space Science Institute 

Edward Robinson
Robinson Aerospace.

Dr Sara Webb
Swinburne University of Technology

Harrison Verrios
Nominal Systems

Prof. Russell Boyce
Chair for Intelligent Space Systems
Director of UNSW Canberra Space 

Sofia McLeod
PhD Candidate
Australian Institute for Machine Learning

Keira Crystal
Macquarie Orbital

Darcey Watson
Executive Officer
The Andy Thomas Space Foundation

Dr Chris Kemp
Fleet Space Technologies

Dwayne Fernandes

Donna Lawler
Azimuth Advisory

Carey Furze

Michelle Keegan
Director Resources & Space

Dr Newton Campbell
Director – Space Programs

Dr Andrew Barton
SmartSat Research Program Manager
SmartSat CRC

Dr Leo Lymburner
Director of Earth Observation Product Development
AquaWatch, CSIRO

Dr Frazer Thorpe
Plants for Space Education and Engagement Manager
Plants For Space – ARC Centre of Excellence

Dr Lieke van der Hulst
Plants for Space Engagement & Communications Officer
Plants For Space – ARC Centre of Excellence

Dr James Allworth
Machine learning engineer

Dr Lewis Carter
Lead Product Designer


Andreas Antoniades
Saber Astronautics Australia

Mandi Dimitriadis
Head of Education
Makers Empire

Trish Tatel
Satellite Controller
Optus Satellite & Space Systems

Sharmila Fernando
Head of Marketing
Space Machines Company

Jon McLean
Undergraduate Engineer
Space Machines Company

Olivia Heaton
Electronics Intern
Space Machines Company


Contact Us

For enquiries regarding about the AVA Challenge, please email us below;

Email: support@fizzicseducation.com.au