Education & Outreach
In CAASTRO, we are committed to making all-sky astrophysics accessible and engaging for the public and for students – the next generation of scientists! – and we are very lucky to have such active members and such good science communicators. Our approach to astronomy outreach and school education is a healthy mix of face-to-face activities and new media.
CAASTRO Education & Training programs:
- CAASTRO in the Classroom: our established outreach program designed to engage Australian school students and teachers with research scientists via video conferencing, Skype Q&A and live streaming
- Bright Stars: our new mentoring program for high school students to encourage careers in STEM disciplines
- The Cosmic Adventures of Alice & Bob: our fully-illustrated comic book for readers of all ages, promoting science research, diversity and commitment (launched 18 March 2017)
CAASTRO Science Awareness programs:
- Research Stories: read up on hot-off-the-press research in the News and News Archive sections and in our "CAASTRO Reader's Digest"
- Digital Media: browse our growing Media Library of short animations, our Video Press Releases, the astro chat "Pint in the Sky", recordings of CAASTRO in the Classroom and many more!
- Telescope Displays: we have deployed display 'tiles' of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) at various locations throughout Australia and New Zealand
- Annual Astrofestivals: pioneered by the Astronomy & Space Science Collective ‘Astronomy WA’ in Perth, we are organising similar public events in Sydney and Melbourne
CAASTRO Outreach Partnerships:
- Museum Victoria: for the production of the planetarium show "Capturing the Cosmos" (launched on 21 March 2016) and educational resources
- Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia: for the "Uluru Astronomer in Residence" and the "Uluru Astronomy Weekend" outreach programs
- Telescopes in Schools: for astronomy outreach in high schools in Melbourne and regional Victoria and astrophotography competitions
- Mount Burnett Observatory: for public
lectures and astronomy school festivals in Melbourne's eastern fringes