PI­O­NEER­ING WOMEN

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59 women have flown in space – 50 of them with NASA First woman in space: Valentina Tereshko­vaVos­tok on June 16, 1963

“When you look at the gen­der de­mo­graph­ics (of the space in­dus­try), it may not be the case but hope­fully projects like this will help im­prove that growth. You can’t make an im­prove­ment in sci­ence with­out lis­ten­ing to half the pop­u­la­tion.”

Al­liance of Girls’ Schools Aus­trala­sia ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Loren Bridge said the 408 school­girls from Aus­tralia and New Zealand at­tend­ing the space school was a record. She said: “Re­search shows that girls at sin­gle-sex schools are sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to study STEM sub­jects (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths) in their se­nior years when com­pared to their co-ed coun­ter­parts, so what bet­ter way to in­spire their fu­ture STEM ca­reers than through an im­mer­sive space school ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The other five SA schools rep­re­sented at NASA space school will be Mary MacKil­lop Col­lege, Mitcham Girls High School, St Pe­ter’s Girls School, Sey­mour Col­lege and Wilder­ness School.

Premier Steven Mar­shall on Wed­nes­day an­nounced a satel­lite launch pad would be built on the Eyre Penin­sula next year.

He is lob­by­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for SA to be­come a fo­cal point for the Aus­tralian space in­dus­try.

Aus­tralia is the only OECD coun­try with­out a space in­dus­try, which is grow­ing at more than three times the world an­nual GDP.

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