CAASTRO in the Classroom

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"CAASTRO in the Classroom" is an outreach program designed to engage Australian school students and teachers with research scientists. The program offers:   

•    FREE video conferencing, live streaming and Q&A sessions for Australian schools
•    FREE classroom resources

CAASTRO in the Classroom is presented in collaboration with the New South Wales Department of Education and is supported by the Commonwealth Government through a Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant.

CAASTRO is excited to present the inaugural Galaxy Convention 4-5 December 2017 at The University of Sydney. This event will focus on female innovation and entrepreneurship. See the flyer here. Applications are now being accepted from female students in years 10-12 from anywhere in Australia. Students will participate in workshops and team challenges with university students and research scientists. Apply here.

Are you from a regional school? Looking for something to excite your students about science and art? Register your interest here for a "Star Trails" workshop on the art of astrophotography.


Activities to engage students                   Solar System cut outs

DIY Scale Model Solar System: Instruction sheet

Star origami: Instructions

Colouring sheets: Sheet 1, Sheet 2, Sheet 3, Sheet 4


Video Conferencing        Back to top of page

In 2017, CAASTRO in the Classroom will offer three types of live sessions:-

Video conferencing: Curriculum-based presentations delivered through the New South Wales Department of Education DART Connections portal. To register and make a booking, visit DART Connections.

Video conferencing information for teachers: Important information about making the most of your CAASTRO in the Classroom video conferencing session.

Q&A with CAASTRO: Interactive question and answer session delivered via video conferencing (H.323 standard) or Skype. Schools can complete an expression of interest form and nominate suitable dates and times. Participating schools are asked to submit a list of questions on an astronomy topic prior to the session.

Live streaming events via YouTube Live: Join thousands of students to watch a live presentation by a world-class research scientist, with content linked to the Australian Curriculum.


Term 3 2017 sessions        Back to top of page

Join us for our exciting Science Week line up available via YouTube Live! Wake up to Astronomy with our 15 minute morning sessions where our astronomers answer random questions sent in by students all over Australia. Our Lunchtime Astronomy sessions are guaranteed to excite your students' interest in all things astronomy:

Monday: Nat Sommer explains whether or not you should be afraid of Supermassive Black Holes.

Tuesday: Steph Bernard is all about Telescopes.

Wednesday: Nic Scott shines a light on a very useful analytical technique--Spectroscopy!

Thursday: Fiona Panther talks about one of the universe's most dramatic events with Exploding Stars.

Friday: Alex Codoreanu wraps up the week with Cosmic Engine. 




Teacher Professional Development        Back to top of page

CAASTRO presented a number of workshops and keynote addresses for teachers across Australia during 2016. Recordings of some of these sessions are available via the CAASTRO YouTube Channel:

Classroom Astronomy Part 1 and Part 2: An overview of the research carried out by CAASTRO, the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, presented to teachers at a workshop held at the University of Sydney on 8 November 2016.

Extreme Events: Exploring the Transient Radio Sky: Keynote address presented by Associate Professor Tara Murphy at the Science Teachers' Association of New South Wales Physics Teachers' Conference, held at the University of Sydney on 6 June 2016.

Women in Physics - Girls and Physics in High School and University: A discussion panel held at a Science Teachers' Workshop at the University of Sydney, 8 November 2016.



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CAASTRO in the Classroom was started in 2012 as a collaborative project with support from CAASTRO, the New South Wales Office of Science and Medical Research, and the New South Wales Department of Education. Past session topics have included: special relativity, the structure of the universe, and curriculum revision for Senior Secondary school students. Beyond Australia, CAASTRO in the Chinese Classroom has connected CAASTRO scientists, including Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, with school students in China.

Session schedule 2015-2016

Session schedule 2014

Session schedule 2013

Session schedule 2012


Further information and resources

CAASTRO in the Chinese Classroom

Teacher feedback

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