NYSF 2017 students visit LMA’s STELaRLaB

Lockheed Martin Australia’s STELaRLaB hosted 15 NYSF 2017 participants as part of the Melbourne Next Step program in March.

This was a unique opportunity to see what a world-leading R&D facility is like and learn about the kinds of work being undertaken by the researchers there.

The STELaRLaB is the first such facility to be established by LMA outside of the United States. The research being conducted there is in projects of interest to LMA, as well as R&D funded by the Australian Government through grants, PhD funding, advanced R&D contracts and other programs, such as the New Technology Fund. Established in 2016, it aims to hire more than 20 researchers in the first three years, to work on projects in hypersonics, autonomous systems, robotics and command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR).

STELaRLaB is headed up by Dr Tony Lindsay, who welcomed the NYSF students to the facility, before they headed off to tour the labs and talk with the researchers about their work.

“We’re really excited about this opportunity to show the NYSF students some real world, really cool and complex things here at STELaRLab. What they will experience here is real research, applying all those equations we learn, all those hours of sitting in a lecture – this is what it’s all about.”

“Lockheed Martin Australia is very proud of being a major sponsor of the National Youth Science Forum; working to get the next generation understanding and appreciating the excitement of a career in science and technology, the fact that you can do it here in Australia and have a global influence. That’s important.”

Feedback on the visit from the students was very positive:

“It was an incredible experience, being able to interact with engineers in the field, doing their job. It was great.”

“It was really good to see R&D in action. It was also good that university students talked to us about their work throughout their studies.”

“The STELaRLab visit is the kind of career path I wish to follow, and getting some insight into that was an incredible experience.”

Further information on STELaRLab.

Generation Beyond — Lockheed Martin’s STEM Program on Display at Avalon Airshow, Victoria

The first person to visit Mars is in school today. Will it be you?

In an Australian first, NYSF’s major partner Lockheed Martin is bringing its Generation Beyond STEM display to the Avalon Airshow in Victoria next month.

Generation Beyond is an educational program designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers to pursue STEM careers.

With a number of fun and interesting interactive displays, Generation Beyond will take visitors on a journey from today, into the future and beyond and will feature the F-35, the Orion spacecraft and Mars exploration.

Generation Beyond will be open to the public on the weekend of March 4 and 5 at Avalon.

NYSF’s Next Step Melbourne program very popular

The NYSF Next Step programs for 2015 kicked off in Melbourne in April, with visits to NYSF Partners CSL, GSK, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, as well as the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC).

Next Step programs aim to promote our Partner organisations through laboratory and site visits in capital cities across Australia. They give the NYSF students a better understanding of the facilities available at different universities, and the kinds of jobs to which they can aspire.

“Having our industry partners open up their facilities to the students is an extremely valuable ‘add-on’,” says NYSF Director, Damien Pearce. “And our university partners love to show the students their teaching and learning facilities, residences and the other benefits of their institutions.”

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Christina from Wagga Wagga in NSW, says, “I am now seriously considering attending Melbourne University to do my Bachelor of Science and would love to gain experience working with CSL.The Next Step Program was a really good opportunity to see facilities and the universities and get a feel for the atmosphere, as well as catch up with NYSFer’s. Really well organised.”

Mahi from Melbourne, says “It was really nice talking to the scientists and seeing the different pathways they took to get where they are. The tour was really fun and the person who gave it went to NYSF ages ago!”

“I definitely like the range of topics covered because it has made me realise that there is so much more out there than what I thought. The sessions covering the specific degrees in the interest fields was extremely helpful because it gave me a clearer idea of majors and pre-requisites. Going to WEHI definitely made me want to work there and I actually have made it one of my future goals.It was so good!!!! I wish it was longer than just the four days though!!”

Oshini, also from Melbourne, says, “Each of the partners involved in the Melbourne Next Step provided valuable insight to study and life after high school, which is valuable as school sometimes doesn’t cover this content entirely.”

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Heroes of the sky

Victorian NYSF 2015 Alumni Hayley Houston and Dane Seaver were among the huge crowds at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport in February / March, which featured aerobatics and battle re-enactments.

This year’s Airshow celebrated the Centenary of ANZAC, saluting the heroes of the sky.

2015 alumna Hayley Houston says she has always had an interest in flight and hopes to someday pilot an aircraft. So it was no surprise when she told the NYSF how much she enjoyed her day at the Airshow. “I am very interested in military planes and old bi-planes. I am keen to learn about the physics of flight. I am also fascinated by the sophisticated design and impressive manoeuvrability of military planes.”

NYSF major partner Lockheed Martin engineers and field support team led career discussions for students interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths at the industry stands during the Airshow.

“I was quite excited to see the full-sized model of the F-35 Lightning II at the Lockheed Martin stand…”

Visiting the Lockheed Martin stand reminded Hayley of her experience at the NYSF in January 2015. “I was quite excited to see the full-sized model of the F-35 Lightning II at the Lockheed Martin stand at the entrance to the show. It reminded me of my recent lab visit as part of the Maxwell group at the Lockheed Martin HQ in Canberra during Session A.”

Hayley’s favourite performance of the day was the final flyby of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet. “The pilot flew a high-speed pass at approximately 0.8 of the speed of sound. The Hornet is known for its high angle of attack manoeuvrability, made possible by the lifting surfaces forward of the wings known as leading edge extensions. We also saw condensation develop for a moment over the wings due to low pressure.”

Images courtesy of Dane Seaver, Alumnus 2015.

Avalon Airshow image  Dane Seaver Alumni 2015

Avalon Airshow image Dane Seaver Alumni 2015

Avalon Airshow image  Dane Seaver Alumni 2015

Avalon Airshow image Dane Seaver Alumni 2015