Fri, January 25, 2019

For the eighth year in a row, Sheldon College students took to the stage for the finals of the Space Design Competition Australia (SDCA). Hosted at the University of Queensland on the weekend of January 19, 2019. The Sheldon students’ proposal was judged as being among the Top Ten submissions received Australia-wide.

The Sheldon students partnered with other like-minded participants from across the country to form an ‘Aerospace Company’, vying to be the successful tenderer for the contract to build the Foundation Society’s next space settlement. The proposed settlement was to be fit for 500 people and able to orbit Earth to clean up space debris.

The competition followed a diverse structure, pushing students to not only explore their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) skills, but also to understand the dynamics of working in large teams, meeting tight deadlines, and interpreting complex information.

Sheldon College teacher, Heather Dixon, Academic Staff – Faculty of Science, supported the students throughout the competition. “I am extremely proud of the whole team – the leadership they showed in working with other schools and their ability to creatively apply knowledge previously learnt in the classroom was outstanding,” she stated.

The College congratulates these students on their hard work, dedication, teamwork and out-of-this-world ideas.