Organisation Overview

Hamilton Secondary College is South Australia’s only Space School.

As the result of collaboration with the Victorian Space Science Education Centre and with government support, the College has established a purpose built facility to enable the delivery of space education for South Australian students.

This includes a simulated Mars surface, and Mission Control and Briefing Rooms.

The College is a designated STEM Focus School. Mission to Mars is one part of a whole College STEM program which includes the STEM
Innovation Academy. This includes the delivery of unique and contemporary interdisciplinary curriculum using problem based learning opportunities for students with passion and interest in this area.

Expertise and Capabilities

Hamilton Secondary College has been the home of the South Australian Space School since 1997. This is a three day residential program for Year 10 students from schools around the state.

Teachers from Hamilton Secondary College are actively involved in the delivery of the program, together with input from tertiary providers and industry professionals. Partners in the program include NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Using a problem-based learning approach, students will be able to role play real space experiences, including mission briefings, flight control and simulated space exploration on the surface of Mars.

The College has the capacity to work with schools and pre-schools to design tailor-made outreach programs from as little as one hour to a residential holiday program delivered over a number of days.

Unique Selling Points

Hamilton Secondary College is the only South Australian School with this unique facility and skilled and experienced staff.  By combining our staff expertise with that of our tertiary and industry partners, the College is able to deliver exciting and innovative STEM programs of learning for other education providers.