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Australian Space Design Competition

The Australian Space Design Competition (ASDC) is an annual event, open to Year 9 - 12 students. 

space alterIt has been operating across Australia since its inception in 2002. The Junior Space Design Competition (JSDC) is an annual event, open to Year 5 – 8 students, and commenced in 2013. Both competitions are open to schools across the country, and are run by the Space Design Competitions Australia organization with support from Engineers Australia. Its origins are in Washington DC in the USA, where the very first International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC) began in 1994 through the support of scientists and engineers at NASA and Boeing Aircraft Company.

Padua College first entered the Australian Space Design Competition in 2010 with a total of 12 students from Year 9 to Year 12. By 2013, the team expanded to 42 students from Year 9 to Year 12.

Padua is proud of its outstanding achievement in the ASDC history to date. Our completed projects have been judged among the top eight Secondary school entries in Australia. As a result, 12 Padua students have competed in a combined team at the National Finals for 3 consecutive years.

In order to qualify for the National Finals of the Australian Space Design Competition, all school entries from across Australia are judged.  Only the top eight schools are invited to compete in teams comprising several schools. The winning team is then offered the chance to travel to the USA to represent Australia at the International Space Settlement Design Competition.

Padua’s 2012 ASDC team project qualified them for the finals at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, where 12 of our students were paired up with students from Sheldon College to form the Crux team.  It resulted in being crowned joint National Champions of the 2012 Australian Space Design Competition. The win entitled both Padua and Sheldon Colleges to be represented at the International Space Settlement Design Competition in Houston, Texas USA.

Both the Australian and International competitions have real-life implications for the future survival of the human race. It is widely accepted among the scientific community that if the world population continues to grow at its current rate, the Earth will not be able to provide adequate resources to support this population by the end of this century. As a result, scientific communities across the globe are investigating a variety of means by which mankind can venture beyond our Earth in order to set up long-term space settlements that are self-sustaining. Each year at the International Space Settlement Design Competition, NASA scientists scan the entries from competing international teams, looking for creative, ingenious or innovative ways to achieve this goal of long-term survival of mankind.

The competition covers all areas of the curriculum and affords the students an incredibly rare and beneficial opportunity to work alongside industry leaders and top students from across Australia. The standard of work required and undertaken is impressive, and involves a process that utilises the various talents of a multitude of students across the whole curriculum at Padua, and not just Maths and Science.

Students get a chance to really explore their talents. The ASDC provides students with the opportunity to experience what it is really like to:

  • work within a large design & construction firm
  • work in one of many specialised departments, each with its own Head of Department
  • work in an environment in which there is a need for regular departmental meetings
  • work in an environment in which there is a need for meetings of the Heads of Department with the President
  • work with the need to ensure good communication and cooperation at every stage of a large project.
  • have the chance to develop the skills of negotiation and compromise so necessary in a successful organisation
  • develop the ability to retain an “In-The-Best-Interests-Of-The-Team” view of the project rather than an “It’s-All-About-Me” view
  • do the work of an engineer (eg structural, civil, mechanical/electrical/automation, projects/operations, environmental, chemical)
  • do the work of a business manager, accountant, or project manager
  • do the work of a researcher or editor
  • do the work of an architect, graphics designer, or animator/movie maker

ASDC provides students the opportunity to experience working with leading figures in the fields of Engineering and Science from universities and industries across Australia. 

At Padua College, a recruitment drive for new membership usually occurs in late February/early March each year, prior to the start of the competitions. New membership enquiries are always welcome throughout the school year.  All enquiries about the competitions are welcomed and should be directed to:

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Head Coach, ASDC & JSDC:

Mr Peter Morris