Congratulations to the 2021 top rated designs!
TOP-RATED DESIGNS IN 2021
So many children and young people came up with fantastically creative and cool designs that it was difficult for the Commissioner to select her favourites for the Space to Dream opening at the Australian Space Discovery Centre on Wednesday 10 November 2021 and continuing through to 31 January, 2022.
The Commissioner would like to thank and congratulate every school that took part in her Challenge and sent in a completion form.
WHAT WAS THE DESIGN BRIEF?
Children and young people were challenged to design a toy or gadget for someone their age who is ‘moving to Mars’ using a design-thinking process.
Below are the Commissioner’s top-rated 3D and 2D designs for 2021. They will all feature in the Commissioner’s Space to Dream Travelling Exhibition which opens at the Australian Space Discovery Centre next Wednesday 10 November and then travels to local libraries around South Australia in 2022.
Congratulations Hawker Area School!
NEW AND IMPROVED FIX BOT
My object is called Fix Bot. This is a new and improved version of the design I created last year. Fix Bot fixes things. It has a parachute, iron filings for making screws, electric screwdriver and drill, a battery charger, laser eyes, welding tongue, paint to put where you want Fix Bot to weld or cut and a screen for programming. The Fix Bot is controlled by a remote control with three buttons, one to come to the owner, one to go back to its charger and one to power off. The Fix Bot is designed to fix spacecrafts.
By Jimmy, Year 5, Hawker Area School
Magnetic Digital Chess board
Magnetic chess board and pieces that will stick to a surface in the space craft going to Mars.
The chess board and pieces are digitally connected to a laptop on Earth
(so you can play a game with your friend back on Earth).
By Savannah, Year 6, Whitefriars Catholic School
Gym mat mars
I designed a gym mat for Mars. It opens in an accordion style fold with two magnets on the bottom which stick to the iron rock and dust surface. There is a beam on the mat but also pull up bars which can even be used on the spacecraft. The low gravity helps with tricks because it’s easier to do flips. You can detach the bars and beams to make an even larger mat. The soft, thick material protects you from the hard surface. Even with a bulky space suit this will be easy to use. The design and all other parts of
the build are lightweight.
By Genevieve, Year 5, Woodend Primary School
The Survival Backpack has everything you need to move around safely and in comfort on Mars.
It uses solar panels to capture the sun’s energy to charge any gadgets you have on your journey.
Insulated compartments to keep your food at the right temperature and
finally it forms a seat when you need to rest.
By Ansh, Year 5, Woodcroft College
Take your much-loved Teddy from Earth to your new home, Mars, for a low cost
and retailing at your local Mars supermarket. Attachments include:
Life survivor food-and-water finding compass
Family app: easy socialising on Mars and Earth
Puberty app: how to survive puberty on Mars with no gravity
Advice app: medical professional advice for any problems
Socialising app: find friends locally with the same interests!
Daily information about Mars app: find out the weather for the day and unexpected seasonal events
By Ella, Year 6, All Saints Catholic Primary School
OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL TOP RATED DESIGNS
Gallium Box Fidget
My toy is a thick plastic box with water and Gallium in the box. Gallium is a metal with a melting point of 29.8° C. Since Mars has a very low average temperature in most situations the gallium metal would stay in a solid state if it is below 29.8° C. When taken into a warmer Mars climate or a heated Mars habitat the Gallium would them melt and be moldable. When shaken in a warm environment beads of metal would float around then when it is taken into a colder environment it will solidify and become stuck in that shape. The gravity on Mars is also around three times less than on Earth and since Gallium is more dense that water it would naturally sink, but in Mars’ atmosphere it would sink a lot slower and be cooler to watch. The idea of this toy is to be more like a fidget or something that you have that is cool to look at like a lava lamp.
Come See the Top Rated Entries for 2021!
SPACE TO DREAM EXHIBITION
AUSTRALIAN SPACE DISCOVERY CENTRE
Cnr Frome and North Terrace Adelaide
Wednesday 10 November 2021 to Monday 31 January 2022
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
The exhibition will also be travelling to the following
Adelaide metropolitan and regional locations throughout 2022:
Walkerville Library: January 2022
Mitcham Library: February 2022
Charles Sturt Library Service: February and June 2022
Campbelltown Library: March 2022
Salisbury Community Hub:14 April to 10 June 2022
Hutt St Library: July through to end September 2022
Goodwood Library: Mid June to end July 2022
Woodcroft Community Centre: August and September 2022
Moonta Community Library (Moonta Area School): July to end September 2022
Yorketown Area School: May and June 2022
Clare Library: December 2021 to end January 2022
Roxby Community Library :15 February to 26 March 2022
Hawker School Community Library: April and May 2022
Millicent Library: Mid Nov 2021 to 10 Jan 2022
City of Mount Gambier at Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre: 15 Jan to 20 April 2022
Streaky Bay Community School Library (Streaky Bay Area School): May and June 2022
Cleve Area School Library: July and August 2022
(Please note: Dates above are a guide only. Check with the venue direct for exact dates and times.)
A big congratulations to every school in South Australia that took the Commissioner’s
Space to Dream Challenge in 2021!
Pre-register for the 2022 Challenge
The Commisioner’s Digital Challenge occurs annually.
All 3 Challenges open on Day 1 of Term 1 (31 Jan) of each school year and close on the last day of Term 3 (Sept 23) 2022.
All challenges are free for every child in South Australia.
Only schools and libraries need to register.
Individuals taking part outside of school do not need to register.
No experience needed!
There are lots of free resources to get you started regardless of your level of experience.
Even Teachers with little or no experience in digital thinking (coding/computational thinking), design thinking, or systems thinking, can get on board and learn cool new skills along with their Students.
Acknowledgement of Country
We respectfully acknowledge and celebrate the Traditional Owners of the lands throughout South Australia and we pay our respects to their Elders – and to past, present and future generations of their children and young people.