Junior Design Challenge

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september, 2021

20sep(sep 20)9:00 am15oct(oct 15)5:00 pmJunior Design Challenge9:00 am - (october 15) 5:00 pm Parkes Library, Bogan Street

Event Info

Celebrate 60 years of ‘The Dish’! 

60 Years of the Parkes radio telescope – Junior Design Challenge

October 31, 2021, marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope. Affectionately known as ‘The Dish’, the Telescope has played an important role in our understand­ing of the universe, space exploration and significant events, such as the 1969 Moon landing. To celebrate 60 years of ‘The Dish’ the Parkes Shire Library Marramarra Makerspace, in collabora­tion with the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope team, is hosting a Design Challenge!


Using the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope as inspiration, entrants are invited to design their own Radio Telescope. It could be baked goods, garden art, a sculpture, a Dish made from recyclable things – get your thinking caps on!

You will be judged on your idea, planning and the work itself. You can enter as an individual or a team.


When: Monday 20 September – Friday 15 October.

Who: Ages 5-15


First prize – STEM Pack and a $50 Shop Parkes Gift Card.

Runner-up – $50 Shop Parkes Gift Card.

Honourable Mentions – ‘Dish’ merchandise awarded by CSIRO staff.



Entry Form – https://bit.ly/3CxyAYW

Entries must be submitted digitally by emailing makerspace@parkes.nsw.gov.au.



September 20 (Monday) 9:00 am - October 15 (Friday) 5:00 pm