Classroom Resources

CAASTRO has worked with experienced Science Teachers to develop a range of classroom resources for Years 5, 7 and 10 Science and Senior Secondary Physics. Resources include: pre-visit and post-visit worksheets and classroom activities, video recordings of past video conferencing sessions, investigations using real astronomical data, researcher profiles, animations and more!

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DIY Scale Model Solar System                   Solar System cut outs

Download the instruction sheet (684kb PDF) 

To make your own scale model of the Solar System, you will need: A print out of the instruction sheet, a long strip of paper, as long as you can stretch your arms apart and about 5cm wide (cash register rolls work well), scissors and sticky tape or a glue stick.


Pre/post visit resources and videos of past presentations

Packed with ideas for classroom activities, these resources can be used on their own, or in conjunction with live presentations or recordings of past presentations.

Level Title Pre/post visit resources Pre/post visit resources Video
Year 5 Science
Awesome Astronomy

Google Doc

Word Doc

Professor Scott Croom, live streaming event, 9/8/2016
  Days of Darkness     Dr Sarah Reeves, Jason Drury and Kathryn Ross, Live Streaming from Sydney Observatory 15/11/2017
Year 7 Science
Solar System and Beyond

Google Doc


Word Doc


Dr Christene Lynch, video conference, 26/10/2016

Reason for Seasons & Days in a Phase

Google Doc

 

Word Doc


Dr Sarah Reeves, Jason Drury and Kathryn Ross, Live Streaming from Sydney Observatory 15/11/2017
Year 7-10 Science

Why Study Physics?

    Dr Vanessa Moss, live streaming event, 3/5/2016
Year 10 Science
Big Bang - How to Make a Universe

Google Doc


Word Doc    


Dr Luke Barnes, video conference, 8/6/2016

The Dark Side of the Universe

    Professor Tamara Davis, video conference, 10/11/2016

Waves in the Sky

    Associate Professor Tara Murphy, live streaming, 28/3/2017
  Life Cycle of Stars and Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams (year 10 version)  Google Doc (blank) Word Doc (blank)
     Google Doc (with answers) Word Doc (with answers)  
Year 10-11 Physics Telescopes
PDF of slides   Stephi Bernard, Live Streaming 15/8/2017
Year 10-12 Physics
Spectroscopy
PDF of slides Word Doc (blank)
Dr Nic Scott, Live Streaming 16/8/2017
Year 11 Physics (NSW Preliminary course)
Cosmic Engine

Google Doc (blank)

Word Doc (blank)

Alexandru Codoreanu, Live Streaming 18/08/2017


Google Doc (with answers)

Word Doc (with answers)

 
Year 12 Physics

Gravity and Orbits

Google Doc (blank)

Word Doc (blank)

Fiona Panther, video conference, 24/5/2016

Special Relativity

Google Doc (blank)

Word Doc (blank)

Joe Callingham, video conference, 27/10/2015


Google Doc (with answers)

Word Doc (with answers)

 


Space: A successful rocket launch



Eromanga Adermann, video conference, 13/10/2016

Researcher Profiles

Explore the interests, motivations and current research of CAASTRO astrophysicists.

Animations

High-quality animations exploring some of the physics concepts in the Australian Curriculum.

Investigation - Identifying Supernovae

Use real astronomical images to do image processing to detect supernovae.

External Links 

Currated by experience teachers, these are some of the best astronomy resources available online.