King David is the only Australian school involved in the CanSat program, nominated by the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC). CanSat involves students in designing and building a functioning satellite that is placed inside the confines of a soft drink can. Senior School students are encouraged to participate in this valuable extra-curricular program and meet regularly after-school with our Physics teaching staff to prepare for the competition. School alumni, studying Physics at University, voluntarily mentor our students.
The competition is held on a French missile testing facility in Biscarrosse, and involves teams of students competing over 5 days in launching their satellites, which capture and transmit atmospheric data (e.g. temperature, pressure, humidity) to a ground station. They also perform a secondary mission which involves deploying an airbag to cushion the satellite’s final landing.
In 2012 The King David School team finished in equal 3rd position among 13 participating teams. This was a fantastic achievement given that our team was the only secondary school team competing against 12 international university teams.
These extra-curricular Science programs expand the scope of the career choices for KDS graduates.
Our students appeared recently on Channel 10′s Scope TV. Click here to view the segment.