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.