In mid-August last year, students from The King David School in partnership with the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) represented Australia at the 2011 CanSat France. CanSat is a competition organised jointly by French space agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and French space science education organisation Planète Sciences.
This was the first time an Australian team competed in this highly regarded international competition. CanSat is a global challenge created to encourage student interest, involvement and excitement about Space, Science, and Technology. CanSat requires students to fit the basic components of a satellite inside a soda can, which are then released from a balloon at an altitude of 150 metres. This gives students the opportunity to create a working model satellite with real world applications.
Milorad Cerovac, Science co-ordinator at the School, accompanied the students on this ground breaking mission along with 2 King David alumni who are science students at Monash University.
The students competed against French, Iranian, Turkish and Russian teams in Biscarosse, France and placed in the first 5 teams overall which was an incredible achievement.
The King David School students spent eight months building and testing their CanSat named OzESat after having completed design reviews and a major report.
Our students appeared recently on Channel 10’s Scope TV. Click here to view the segment.Share