ASTRO 3D’s Education Program focusses on inspiring school-aged students with the wonders of astronomical discoveries.
We are linking the prescribed curriculum in Science and Physics to real-world ways our astronomers are making discoveries right now about our Universe. We will also provide online content that engages school students with research scientists and PhD students.
We provide workshops and videos that highlight the opportunities for all students, including female students, in STEM and research and also highlight the coding and entrepreneurial opportunities that researchers are taking up.
We will reach into underserved regional and remote communities with a revamped Telescopes in School program to inspire students to be able to conduct their own research projects in astronomy.
ASTRO 3D continues to roll out the popular CAASTRO in the Classroom program nationally in the early years of the centre. The program currently engages school students with research scientists and STEM entrepreneurs, allowing them to view the opportunities that a STEM career could bring them.
Workshops will include interactions with astronomers and other STEM professionals, and presentations on STEM including astronomy, physics, coding, machine learning and entrepreneurship.
This program has been funded by the Federal Government’s Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grants. We will use evidence-based information to further develop the program beyond the funding conclusion.
We are also providing support to existing and new Education Programs, such as YMCA Space Squad, Science in ACTion Schools Day, etc.
Our program will utilise low-cost telescopes in Regional and Remote communities that have high levels of support from both schools and the local community. We will target high school students and link teachers and students with the support of local amateur astronomers and provide both in-person training and online support and projects.
The telescopes will be functional enough observe the night sky and conduct small research projects. Students will be able to engage with astronomers about their research and learn how to set up and drive the telescope to conduct their own research projects.
As part of our Indigenous Engagement activities, indigenous schools will be included in our Telescopes in Schools program, where we will explore how different cultures view the night sky.
The 2016-2025 Australian Astronomy Decadal Plan identifies a significant need for effective training of teachers and for implementation of astronomy materials within the new Australian F-10 Science Curriculum. ASTRO 3D is committed to helping teachers – both in Science and Technology and 11-12 Physics implement the curriculum in ways that are practical and related to real astronomy research happening in Australia.
We are developing:
- teaching activities
- teaching programs, including depth studies
- videos highlighting ASTRO 3D research as it relates to the curriculum
- virtual reality “modules” that relate to the curriculum
- 3D print files and support information