Boeing leaders support Australian students in space design competition
January 20, 2017
The Boeing Company has supported Queensland high school students to experience the real-world application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during the Australian Space Design Competition (ASDC).
More than 90 students participated in the competition held in Brisbane on 14 and 15 January, forming fictional aerospace corporations tasked with designing a futuristic space settlement that will enable early stage transit between Earth and Mars for 4,000 people.
As part of Boeing Defence Australia’s STEM Ambassador Program, representatives from the company acted as CEO for the competing student aerospace corporations. In this mentoring role, they guided students in the development and presentation of their solution.
Team Crux Corporation “CEO” and Boeing Defence Australia Program Director, Lee Davis said the ASDC enabled students to explore real-world operational and structural engineering challenges and present solutions in a business context.
“As the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing is passionate about supporting the next generation of Australian innovators to pursue STEM subjects for an exciting career in aerospace,” said Mr Davis.
“The Australian Space Design competition is a fantastic opportunity for Boeing Defence Australia employees to use our knowledge and experience to help students make the connection between STEM classroom theory and its real world applications.”
The winning team, Magellan Corporation, comprised of Canterbury College and Sheldon College will now represent Australia in the International Space Settlement Competition at the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida in July 2017.