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Congratulations to the 2021 top rated designs!


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.


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!

Jimmy from Year 5 has won a 3D printer for your school for his New and Improved Fix Bot donated by Challenge partners – Makers Empire


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


I called it Medi-Robot as it is short for Medical Robot. It can collect samples (rocks and minerals etc), fix grazed knees, fix navigation and communication systems and do babysitting. Medi-robot can help!

By Benjamin, Year 5, St Michael’s College

Magnet Book

My design is a magnet book so you can read without your book floating away.
It is also built into the rocket ship.

By Vienne, Year 3, Mount Barker Primary School

Pet Box

It is a box that transforms into any pet you want. You can choose personalities, colour,
species and breed. It is made to comfort people.

By Rose, Year 6, KICE Penneshaw


Turns rubbish into food. Good for Mars because growing food might fail.

By GameShark9, Year 3, Doncaster Gardens Primary 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

Hover Board

This is my hover board. It allows me to travel around Mars without needing any roads.
I can hover over any rocks or bumps. I can go really fast because there is less gravity.

By James, Year 6, Compton Primary School

my melody safety rings

These rings will lock on your finger and above your suit. If you get lost in space you
can press the button and it’ll lead you to your spaceship.

By Marva4, Year 5, Madison Park Primary School

Lovely Lily

My design is a holder for snacks so that they don’t float away when you are in space.
It is shaped like a big bunny and cactus toy.

By Lily, Year 2, Goodwood Primary

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

Helpful Robot Pet

The Helpful Robot Pet transforms from a 5×5×5cm cube into a lightweight, fast, solar powered toolbox with a cold resistant body fitted with legs with wheels for quick and easy mobility.

By Linuka, Year 5, St Anthony’s Primary School

Air 270 bouncer shoes

They are Air 270 Bouncer Shoes. The grip at the bottom boosts your vertical jump and can bring you
back to the ground. This will help you get around in space inside and outside the ship.

By Benjamin, Year 5, Tyndale Christian School Salisbury East

the anything tree

It grows anything and it makes air in space and if your bored you play with the pets.
It is not heavy at all. It is light as a feather.

By Rebecca, Year 3, Stirling East Primary School

Gold Fish 2000

The Gold Fish 2000 does flying and scanning if anything is wrong with it.
It plays all different songs, tells lots of jokes and keeps you company.

By Rivah, Year 4, Cleve Area School

zero gravity fins

Zero Gravity Fins are fins with jets and solar panels so you can stay in the air and do swimming at the same time. They also come with VR goggles that spray water so you can imagine being in the water swimming.

By Indigo, Year 4, Port Lincoln Primary School


It could fly or walk around you and keep you warm and take pictures and videos.
It’s controlled by a controller and it’s charged by solar energy.

By Sulaiman, Year 7, Reynella Primary School

Survival backpack

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

Robo Game

My robot makes up games and it is called Robo Game. My robot makes up fun games
with its robot brain and it is powered by solar panels.

By Ronin, Year 4, Roxby Downs Area School

Mechanical Soccer ball

It is an electrical soccer ball, with parts that light up and change colours if you kick a goal. It has a mechanical arm that grabs the ground when it is kicked too high so it won’t float away into space.

By Caitlin, Year 7, Sheidow Park Primary School

Mars Teddy

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:

Oxygen mask
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



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.

By Ashton

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Come See the Top Rated Entries for 2021!


The exhibition will be travelling to the following
Adelaide metropolitan and regional locations throughout 2022:

Adelaide Metropolitan
Walkerville Library: January 2022
Mitcham Library: February 2022
Charles Sturt Westlakes Library: February to June 2022
Campbelltown Library: March 2022

Salisbury Community Hub:14 April to 10 June 2022  
Hutt St
Library: July to end September 2022 
Goodwood Library: Mid June to end July 2022
Woodcroft Community Centre: August and September 2022  

Yorke Peninsula
Moonta Community Library (Moonta Area School): July to end September 2022
Yorketown Area School: May and June 2022  

Far North
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

Far South
Millicent Library: Jan and Feb 2022
City of Mount Gambier at Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre: 15 Jan to 20 April 2022  

Eyre Peninsula
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 library opening times.)


February and March 2021:  Adelaide City Library - City of Adelaide
January 2021: Hutt Street Library - City of Adelaide
November 2020:  MOD’s Museum of Discovery

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.


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