Queensland students outperform world's best at Space Center

BUNDABERG State High School student Jessica Fraser has just come back from a trip to the moon - well, not literally.

She, and a team of other Queenslanders, have been planning to live on the moon.

Miss Fraser is one of 17 students from across the state that travelled to the Kennedy Space Center in the United States to compete in the annual International Space Settlement Design Competition.

The competition tasked competitors from across the world with designing a human settlement on the far side of the moon that would be home to 15,000 full-time residents.

Students were asked to manage the harsh lunar environmental conditions and communication problems caused by the lunar far side.

Science Minister Ian Walker said on Wednesday the Australian team, who won the overall competition, worked alongside students from India, the United Kingdom, the United States as well as 12 other countries that competed in the event.

"Queensland students had the imagination and academic discipline necessary to beat the world's best in scientific fields outside the ordinary," he said.

"Our students have pitted their problem solving, imaginations and group-task skills in the international arena and were judged the best in the world.

"That is a huge achievement."

Sheldon College's head of science Dr David Hughes, who co-ordinated the trip, said the competition was tough and involved 45 hours preparation and a presentation.

"It was very close when the judges were deliberating as all teams had some great ideas," Dr Hughes said.

"They are all winners in my book."



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