Adelaide school principal Kourbelis exploits the opportunities of a growing space industry

Adelaide school principal Kourbelis exploits the opportunities of a growing space industry

One of the main goals of the Australian Space Agency, established in 2019 with its own federal budget, is to triple the size of Australia’s space industry and create 20,000 new jobs by the end of the decade.

Hamilton Secondary College in Adelaide with its space school, the Mike Roach Education Center, will undoubtedly benefit from its proximity to the space agency which opened its offices in the South Australian capital a little over a year ago. year.

The Victorian Space Science Education Center (VSSEC) which was inspired by Michael Pakakis AM in turn inspired Hamilton physics professor Mike Roach who visited the center in 2016.

Mr. Roach contacted principal Peta Kourbelis with the idea of ​​creating a similar center in their school in Adelaide.

Ms Kourbelis told Neos Kosmos that the physics professor approached her with the idea of ​​creating a specialized area for space. She saw the benefits of the plan and supported the idea. The center, which bears Mr. Roach’s name, was completed in September 2017 and has been operating with increasing success ever since. Its centerpiece is the Mission to Mars program.

“We received a grant as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics)…

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