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Stars & Planets

Stars & Planets

Go out of this world as we explore our solar system, galaxies and more. Cosmology for the classroom!

Out of this world science!

Students investigate our Universe and space exploration techniques in this hands-on science workshop

  • How does the Earth, Moon and Sun work in the Solar System?
  • How are the tides formed?
  • What did the big bang really look like?
  • How do we observe distant galaxies and what does that tell about our Universe?
  • What technological developments were necessary to allow astronauts to work and survive outside of Earth’s atmosphere and much more!

Students will gain an appreciation of astronomy and gain insight into our place in the Universe.

Full risk assessments available on request. We also have a school incursion program focusing on the Earth, Sun & Moon.

​Available as a primary school science incursion within Australia or as a video conference to any school around the globe!

Option to join an ExoLab International Space Station experiment

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Online Class Version

We’ve run live interactive distance programs since 2010 and are highly experienced in making online classes engaging for students on a variety of web conferencing platforms.

  • All of the same curriculum points will be covered, but the activities may vary from those listed for face-to-face incursions.
  • Our online classes include demonstrations, Q&A, and hands-on activities (you will receive a materials list upon booking).
  • Full child protections are in place
  • We usually connect to classes & homes via Zoom, however if you wish to use a different software we can work with you on getting the connection live.

If you connect with us via Zoom

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:
Science

Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day (ACSSU048).

The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078).

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content
A student:

ST2-9PW-ST
describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion

ST2-10ES-S
investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth’s surface

ST3-9PW-ST
investigates the effects of increasing or decreasing the strength of a specific contact or non-contact force

ST3-10ES-S
explains regular events in the solar system and geological events on the Earth’s surface

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)

Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day (VCSSU061)

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)

Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the Sun) (VCSSU078)

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School Testimonials

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St John Boscoe Engadine

Engaging and lots of fun with hands on activities at the appropriate level of the students. They were very excited. Highly recommended.
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St Brendans Primary School, Lake Munmorah

The students were very engaged and enjoyed the activities. (The presenter) gave clear, age appropriate instructions, explanations, and safety was a priority.

Science Show Activities

Caught
in the Shadow

Model the difference between solar and lunar eclipses.

Celestial
cross-sections

How are stars and planets constructed differently?

Escape
Plan

Launch a rocket at different pressures to find out what escape velocity is

Giant
Gyro

How do spacecraft turn in space anyway?

Gravity
Pull

Model the gravity on Earth vs. Mars. Which planet's gravity is greater?

Gyrating
Gyros

Why does the Earth wobble on it's axis in a 25,800 year cycle?

Planetary
orbits

Measure the difference in orbits between the planets in the Solar System

Predict
the Tide

Interpret a real tidal chart. How are tidal patterns formed anyway?

Rocket
launcher

Launch a rocket using a chemical propellent

Scanning
for Signals

Picking up faint signals from distant star systems.

Solar
Spacecraft

What is the power source of some space probes?

Spiralling
satellites

Satellite attenuation; what comes up must come down

Star
viewers

What are the different type of galaxies?

Talking
with friends

Lasers may replace radio in future communication

Telescopic
vision

Use a telescopic lens to read distant information

The
Big Bang

The Universe is expanding, what does it look like?

Thermal
Tiles

How do spacecraft survive atmospheric re-entry?

Troublesome
tools

How is working in space affect tool design and use?

Turn
the tide

A simple model showing the effects of gravity on water bodies

Shuttle
tile burn

How much a heat can a real shuttle tile take?

Student using the gyroscope

Feedback on this space science school incursion

Requirements

Appropriate for Years 3 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class

Access to 2 electrical power sockets and 12 to 14 tables

Chairs are not required

Duration 60 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes

During Social Distancing – Contact us
and we’ll tailor a program to suit both your school and the State’s social distancing requirements. Further details here

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Go further – Complete Units of Work to support your teaching!

Hours of High-Quality videos, printable experiments, quizzes, vocabulary lists,
Scope & sequences, cross-curricular teaching ideas,  marking rubrics & more
Save time & engage students in STEM

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Did you know about our larger stage shows?

Designed to engage groups of up to 240 students, pair this workshop with one of these school favourites!

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Destination Moon

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Deep Blue Oceans

Cost

$495 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop or $540 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop.

Similar school program: Earth, Sun & Moon

Available as an online class anywhere in the world.
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In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!

Find out more about the ExoLab extension opportunity

Call 1300 856 828, or click below to make a booking for your primary school.

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Extension Ideas!

Scientist Q & A

Often students attend our science workshops and shows with questions that stem beyond the covered topic area. Ask a scientist aims to give students a chance to get their questions answered! Run as a 30-minute session at a cost of $70 inc. GST.

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