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Homeschool MAAS Astronomy class – online Thursday 15th October

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum of Applied Science (MAAS)  2.5 hour virtual astronomy workshop next Thursday 15 October, 2020 created especially for homeschoolers. They require 6 families for the workshop to go ahead (and maximum 30 I believe).
Cost: $25 per family/virtual connection
Duration: 10am to 12.30pm – 2.5 hours.
Target group: Stage 2 and 3 equivalent
Platform: Zoom video conferencing (connection support via link below).
Part one. 10am to 10:50am.
  • Delve into the Australian Curriculum’s Cross Curricula Priority on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and science in this engaging, thought provoking video conference.
  • Experience the oldest astronomical knowledge on the planet with the Wergaia Nation. Then head to the turquoise waters of the Torres Strait Islands and learn about the Warrior Spirit Tagai and his embodiment in Uncle Eddie Mabo and the historic decision by the High Court in 1992.
  • Participants will need to download, print and make the planisphere (star wheel) from our Learning Resources section on this page, prior to the session.
  • This video conference has been developed in close consultation with First Nations artists and peoples.
Part two. 11:10am to noon.
  • Take one small step then a giant leap as we look at the race to space to be the first to step on the Moon.
  • Then explore Earth’s place in our Solar System and use the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) rules to determine if Pluto is a planet, or not?
  • To end we will look at the future of space exploration and the roles they may play in the future. To the stars…
Part three. Noon to 12:30pm
Astro-Q&A with our team and exploring the Universe with Space Engine.
Please check out the link below for ticket bookings, connection information and learning resources to supplement the workshop.