Astronauts Inspiring STEM Futures


Years 8-10
Wed 20 September
Two sessions available
Max. 10 students per school
See details below

Science, Technology

School programs and resources

Astronaut Stories Australia is a keynote series of events run by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to bring the stories, passion and inspiration of the world's astronauts and cosmonauts to life.

This exclusive event hosted by Scienceworks aims to inspire and motivate students to become more interested in STEM. The program consists of a talk session with an astronaut, a hands-on STEM workshop (with the assistance of STEM role models) and an optional Planetarium show about Black Holes. Be quick! Places are limited. (Please note: conditions apply to encourage gender balance for this event.)

Astronauts speaking on the day include Dominic 'Tony' Antonelli and Dorin Prunariu.

Tony completed a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics and served as a fleet Naval Aviator and Landing Signal Officer aboard aircraft carriers whilst serving in the military. He was selected as a pilot by NASA in 2000, and has spent a total of 24 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 35 seconds in space.

Tony Antonelli will also be a guest speaker at the AstroLight Festival open to the general public on 23 September.

While serving at NASA, Tony’s leadership roles within the Astronaut Office included the Space Launch System, Commercial Crew, Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM), and Space Shuttle Propulsion.

Dorin Prunariu worked as an Engineer at an aircraft industry facility in Romania prior to enrolling in the Romanian Air Force. He was selected for spaceflight training in 1978 as a part of the Intercosmos Program.

He was selected for a joint space flight with the Russian cosmonaut Leonid Popov in May 1981. They completed an eight-day space mission on board Soyuz 40 and the Salyut 6 space laboratory where they completed scientific experiments.

The astronaut stories will be live streamed so students across Victoria unable to attend in person will not miss out. For more information about how your school can participate, please go to the Department of Education registration page.

Available Sessions

Session 1

STEM Workshop 10am11.30pm
Astronaut session 12.30pm–1.30pm
Optional planetarium show, Black Holes at 2.30pm

Session 2

Astronaut session 10.30am–11.30am
STEM workshop 12pm1.30pm
Optional Planetarium show, Black Holes at 2.30pm

Curriculum links

  • Year 8-10 Science as a Human Endeavour
  • Technologies – Design and Technologies
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Earth and Space Science