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 the Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program.


Activities to engage students                   Solar System cut outs

DIY Scale Model Solar System: Instruction sheet

Star origaimi: 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.

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.


2017 Schedule of live sessions        Back to top of page

A4 Flyer (PDF)

Term 1 2017

Cosmic Engine Book NOW!
Wednesday 1 March, 2:00pm AEDT
Presenter: Alexandru Codoreanu, Swinburne University of Technology
Audience: Year 11 Physics          Classroom resources

Gravity and Orbits Book NOW!
Tuesday 14 March, 2:00pm AEDT
Presenter: Fiona Panther, Australian National University
Audience: Year 12 Physics          Classroom resources

YouTube Live event presented by A/Prof Tara Murphy Book NOW!
Tuesday 28 March, 11:30m AEDT
Presenter: Associate Professor Tara Murphy, University of Sydney
Audience: Year 10 Science          Classroom resources


Teacher Professional Development        Back to top of page

CAASTRO is running professional development workshops for teachers across Australia throughout 2016.

Upcoming workshops:

STANSW Annual Conference, Sydney, 19-20 February 2016

TeachMeet Sydney, Sydney Observatory, 4 March 2016

TeachMeet Kids Sydney, Australian National Maritime Museum, 13 April 2016

SASTA Annual Conference & Expo, Adelaide, 18-19 April 2016

OneChannel webinar, Queensland Department of Education and Training, 3.30pm 26 April 2016

CONSTAWA 2016, Central Institute of Technology, Perth, 14 May 2016

STANSW Physics Conference, University of Sydney, 6 June 2016

CONASTA 65, Brisbane, 3-6 July 2016 - Awesome Astronomy for Upper Primary, 3-4pm Wed 6 July

ASELL/CAASTRO Workshop, Sydney, Armidale NSW, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, 19 October 2016, registrations close 1 October 2016

Science Teachers' Workshops, University of Sydney, 8 November 2016

STAVCON, La Trobe University Bundoora, Melbourne, 25 November 2016

WA Department of Education SABA webinar, 3.15pm (AWST) 6 December 2016

ACTA NSW, Macquarie University, 17 February 2017



CAASTRO in the Classroom is coordinated by Jenny Lynch, CAASTRO School Education Officer, and Vanessa Moss, CAASTRO Postdoctoral Researcher

Phone: 02 9036 7527 (Please call on Tuesday or Wednesday or leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.)

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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

External links