RDA Hunter’s ME Program recently hosted a workshop to equip Hunter school teachers with skills to help their students experience outer space.
The Quberider Workshop, held at ME Program partner school, West Wallsend High School, teaches electronics and programming skills to help engage students in experiments that will be conducted in outer space during a real-life space mission.
The project encourages students to learn interdisciplinary skills – from coding and electronics design, to physics, maths and data analysis. It gives students a taste of real work in STEM fields, the tools they need to launch into a STEM career and be competitive in the global market.
“Engaging and motivating students in STEM has never been more crucial, and what better way to get them excited than with their very own space mission!” said Quberider Co-Founder, Ms Solange Cunin.
“Quberider is working with many schools across Australia, with over a thousand students being part of the first space mission. We’re excited to be able to offer that opportunity to so many schools in the Hunter region thanks to the ME Program.” continued Ms Solange.
According to ME Program Director, Rick Evans, the Quberider Program epitomises the exciting career opportunities that STEM skills can provide students.
“Our ME Program partner schools are the first in NSW to access these workshops. We are delighted to be able to offer students such an interesting project to apply their skills and knowledge to.”
“Space is an appealing topic for students to explore and the ‘real-life’ aspect of Quberider’s Create for Space program makes it a very popular addition to the ME Program. We look forward to working with Quberider further to advance opportunities for the Hunter’s students.” continued Dr Sleap.