FAQs

Register for the 2024 challenge here

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

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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

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 – NASA JPL and Milo Mission Academies
  • Sept 3 – FAQs for submissions

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AVA FAQs (recording of the 2024 launch)

Ben Newsome (Fizzics Education) covers some of the FAQs for the AVA challenge. (6:35 minutes)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the registration link for the 2024 Australian Virtual Astronaut Challenge?

The link registers you for all webinars as they become available throughout the year.

Please register via this link

Does it cost anything?

No! The Australian Virtual Astronaut Challenge is proudly supported by AWS in Communities and is free for schools to enter.

 

How much work do the students have to do?

It’s up to you! This STEM unit has been designed to be flexible and it is optional to be involved in any of the design aspects. However, we encourage everyone joining the challenge to consider this as a deep engagement opportunity for students that can be incorporated into weekly teaching & learning as your timetable permits.

 

How many students per team?

Your team must be 4 or less students per team.

 

If our team wins or is a finalist, will all of our students receive a prize

We are seeking funding for different level of prizes, the level of funding will determine what your students will experience. Stay tuned!

 

During the webinars, will there be breakout rooms with students?

No, due to the large number of schools & students involved, your students will be on this webpage watching the live stream.

This webinar will involve panellists discussing the challenge & posting questions that can be answered by your students using AhaSlides. Should your students have questions for the panellists, they can send them to you in your LMS or even via email. You can then raise these questions via the Q & A during the webinar. Please note, not all questions will be able to be answered live due to the number of schools & students involved.

 

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes.

 

When is the due date for poster & video submissions

AROSE Roving Around Challenge

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

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

 

How long should the videos that our students submit be?

90 seconds maximum

 

How many videos should be sent per school

One per school.
Run your own in-school competition to select the best entry!

 

How do I submit an entry?

Video entry

Once your video is ready, either:

  1. Upload it to a video streaming site such as Youtube, Vimeo, or equivalent. Set it to private (so that the video can only be viewed by those who have a link) and email that link to us. We need STEM@arose.org.au and support@fizzicseducation.com.au to be able to see the file. IMPORTANT: Please do not send video or poster files as attachments to email addresses, this can get blocked by firewalls!

OR

  1. Upload it to Dropbox, Google Drive or equivalent, set the access to anyone can view with the link and email that link to us. We need STEM@arose.org.au and support@fizzicseducation.com.au to be able to see the file. IMPORTANT: Please do not send video or poster files as attachments to email addresses, this can get blocked by firewalls!

Poster entry

Once your poster is ready, please upload the digital file to Dropbox, Google Drive or equivalent, set the access to anyone can view with the link and email that link to us.

IMPORTANT: Please do not send video or poster files as attachments to email addresses, this can get blocked by firewalls! Large file attachments can get blocked by email servers and we may not receive your submission.

These links will only be shared with the judges to protect the privacy of your students. We recommend that you test the links with a separate private account before sending it through, in case there are any access issues that are common with schools and organisations with restrictive access.

Please also include the following information with your submission:

  • Name of school
  • School address
  • Name of student(s)
  • Grade level(s)

Submissions for the AROSE Lunar Rover Challenge should be emailed to STEM@arose.org.au

All other scenario’s please submit to support@fizzicseducation.com.au

IMPORTANT: Please do not send video or poster files as attachments to email addresses, this can get blocked by firewalls!

If our students are successful finalists, can we attend the Australia Youth Space Forum virtually to pitch?

Yes, accommodations will be made for your students to pitch to the space industry and venture capitalist panel.

 

Who won in 2023?

Winner of the Great Space Pitch 2023

  • Catherine McAuley, Westmead

Highly commended

  • Epping Public School

Finalists for the 2023 AVA Challenge

High Schools

  • Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • Birrong Girls High School

Primary Schools

  • Methodist Ladies’ College