Girls get set for Space School

Girls get set for Space School

Friday 29 September

Year 12 student Lydia Matthews has always been curious about life in space.

“I’d love to go to space one day.

“To walk on the moon would be pretty cool.”

In December, Lydia and 25 other girls from Year 7-12 will get as close to space as possible on Earth, when they attend a two-week program at the Houston Association for Space and Science Education (HASSE) Space School.

Facilitated by the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia, a combined-schools expedition for member schools in NSW, ACT, Victoria, Queensland and WA was organised, with 2017 being the first year girls from WA attend the Program.   

The St Hilda's group is the equal largest attending from WA, with 18 girls in teh Junnd will be accompanied by the Senior School Maths teacher and STEAM Coordinator, Mrs Cora Algie.

“The HASSE Space School promises to be a fantastically valuable academic and holistic experience,” she said.

“I hope our girls will be inspired to continue their study of the STEAM subjects and appreciate their importance to our world and beyond. 

“I look forward to witnessing their curiosity, confidence and enthusiasm sky rocket!”

A strong science student with an interest in the aerospace industry, Lydia was awarded the only WA Alliance Senior School Scholarship, covering the cost of the trip.

“I have an interest in aviation and I am thinking of going into the air force, which I outlined in my application letter,” Lydia said.

“I also study Biology, Human Biology, Physics and Chemistry, with Physics being one of my favourite subjects.”

The program will be broken up into Junior and Senior, with 18 of our Year 7-9 students spending one week in Houston, Texas at the Space School, and one week at the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. Our eight attending Year 10-12 students will spend both weeks at the Senior Space School.

Expedition members have unique opportunity to meet experts such as astronauts, engineers and scientists at NASA’s human spaceflight centre, as well as participating in a variety of other fascinating activities.

Year 7 student Indi Tinsley-Ellison said she was most looking forward to the zero gravity simulator.

“I’m really intrigued by and interested in space,” she said.

“When I heard about this opportunity I thought I had to go, because offers like this don’t come around every day.

“We also get to dissect a shark and go in a machine that simulates a rocket that is out of control heading towards earth.”

Lydia said she was proud to be part of a program that supported women in the science field.

“Over the last 50 years, it’s become more common place to see women in science, but it still could become even more common,” she said.

“Roles need to be based on intelligence and merit, rather than gender.”