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Secondary School Science Workshop... Stars & Planets! | Fizzics Education
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Stars & Planets

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

Students investigate our Universe and space exploration techniques in this hands-on 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 us 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.

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

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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 activities listed below will be covered during the conference.
  • Upon booking, you will receive a PDF outlining the materials that you can have on hand to make the workshop more interactive. It’s not a problem if you can’t source all of the materials, as we’ll have these on hand for the workshop
  • 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

Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (ACSSU115)

Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of the Earth (ACSSU118)

The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe (ACSSU188)

Advances in science and emerging sciences and technologies can significantly affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE195)

Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries (ACSHE192)

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science Syllabus Content
A student:

describes the dynamic nature of models, theories and laws in developing scientific understanding of the Earth and solar system SC4-12ES

describes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community SC5-12ES

appreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them SC4-1VA & SC5-1VA.

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and the Moon (VCSSU099)

Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object; Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of Earth (VCSSU103)

Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (VCSSU114)

The Universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems; the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the Universe (VCSSU129)

Science Show Demonstrations

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?

shuttle tile

Optional extension - Join an International Space Station Experiment!

Join ExoLab, a science experiment where students from across the world compare their results with an identical growth chamber on the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Join an international school community to share results & ideas along with the U.S. National Laboratory.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify the optimal combination of legume, bacteria, and soil to produce nodulation in the harsh environment of the space.
  • Engage in experimental design, data collection and analysis, writing and revising hypotheses, and communicating about what they’ve learned using evidence from their experiments.
  • Direct curriculum outcomes for high school
  • Guided by experienced educators from Fizzics Education & Magnitude.
  • Available Australia-wide

The experiments are initiated on the ISS in accordance with resupply missions. This allows for multiple experiments per year, giving options on when to align the classroom experiment with the ISS experiment. Students look for relationships between the environmental conditions, including the effect of microgravity on the growth of living things in general.

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A picture of the ISS experiment ExoLab under lights (logos of Fizzics Education and Magnitude above this'. The tagline 'Investigate the effects of microgravity on living things' is also shown

Requirements

Appropriate for Years 7 to 10 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 or 90 minutes.

Set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes

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

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Destination Moon

Cost

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

Available as a video conference anywhere around the world.

Find out about offers & discounts here!

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 high school.


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