AVA Challenge

Start your mission today!

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


– Earth Observation: Milo Institute – Arizona State University
– Robotics: Trailblazer – The Australian Space Agency
– Home on the Moon: Aldrin Family Foundation
– Growing Food in Space: Magnitude.io
– AI in Space

Run at your own pace, using the content on this site.
Submission date: September 23 at 11:59pm AEDT
Pitch Date – November date TBC

Stage 2: Young Space Explorers

A number of Year 9 & 10 teams will be selected to pitch their ideas to renowned space industry representatives and venture capitalists. This will occur at the Young Space Explorer event in December (date tbc) supported by the Australian Space Agency, Lockheed Martin (US), The Space Research Hub and the NSW Department of Education.

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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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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Mission 1 | Introduction

WEBINAR: intro to the weekly challenges

Hear from space industry representatives & design experts as well as learn about the 2022 AVA challenge structure & opportunities for students.

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Mission 2 | Define

Define the problem

Describe the problem or need in detail to gain understanding. Think about and discuss initial thoughts.

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Mission 3 | Identify

Identify the constraints

Outline the specific boundaries for which the project will be confined.

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Mission 4 | Brainstorm

Find possible solutions

Create, develop, and communicate ideas.

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Mission 5 | Design

The most promising solutions

Investigate options, refine ideas, create & communicate solutions to solve problems.

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Mission 6 | Prototype

Your solution

Produce a model or prototype of the best possible solution.

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Mission 7 | Evaluate

Test your solution

Evaluate the solution against the identified problem.

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Mission 8 | Iterate

Improve your solution

Refine design solutions, revise, and continually improve.

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Mission 9 | Communicate

Share your solution

Communicate and share design solutions to key stakeholders.

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