This week the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide attracted over 4000 delegates from all over the world. Teachers and students were among the delegates, with parallel programs being organised by the South Australian Deparment of Education.
Registered teachers could attend for a very reduced fee and the ATSE SA Division along with the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund provided sponsorship to cover the registration of 12 teachers.
STELR Program manager, Pennie Stoyles presented two sessions to teachers entitled STELR – Sustainability in Space on two evenings of the congress. STELR Renewable Energy and Sustainable Housing equipment were used to discuss the issues of travelling in space and terraforming Mars or the Moon.
To coincide with the conference, STELR school, Hamilton Secondary College in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, officially opens the South Australian Space School housed on its grounds today. Hamilton Secondary College was one of the first schools to receive STELR equipment becoming a STELR School in 2010.