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Charles Camarda encourages students to explore, adventure and fail; this is an excellent film to enthuse and excite students.

This film would be fantastic to show to middle school students to inspire them to follow their passions and pursue a career in STEM.

Video Length: 05:56 mins

NASA Astronaut Charles Camarda flew to space on STS-114, NASA’s first mission after the explosion of Space Shuttle Columbia and loss of its crew.

With a background in engineering, Charles’s route to becoming an astronaut came after working for NASA in research and development. Now, he uses what he learnt during his space career to teach engineers and students the right way to fail.

But with a fast changing space industry, he thinks Australian students are uniquely placed to be at the forefront of the future of space exploration.

Years: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Senior Secondary


Biological Sciences –  The Body; Living Things

Chemical Sciences – Mixtures and Separations; Chemical Reactions; Atoms

Earth and Space Sciences – The Solar System; Extreme Earth Events; The Changing Earth

Physical Sciences – Forces; Energy

Additional: Careers, Maths, Technology, Engineering

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Interdependence and Ecosystems; Form and Function; 

Chemical Sciences – Properties of Matter; Change of Matter

Earth and Space Sciences – Earth in Space

Physical Sciences – Forces and Motion; Energy