CAASTRO researchers welcome the opportunity to talk to young people and spark their interest in astronomy as a career path. We aim to be part of training the next generation who will lead the scientific discoveries made on future wide-field facilities, culminating in the ultimate all-sky telescope, the Square Kilometre Array.
We love giving presentations to High School students and answer their questions as part of a school visit or via video-conference. Video-conferencing technology facilitates ‘virtual school visits’ by CAASTRO researchers, not only in metropolitan areas but also in regional Australia and at international partner organisations. Find out more about our school outreach program "CAASTRO in the Classroom".
CAASTRO also supports "Telescopes in Schools", a program based at the University of Melbourne, and participates in Sydney's annual Maths & Science EXPOsed. In 2011 and 2012, the event was held at the University of Western Sydney with CAASTRO members Dr Greg Madsen, Dr Paul Hancock, Dr Shane O'Sullivan, and Dr Jamie Farnes attending.
Left: Dr Alan Duffy participating in the University of Melbourne's "Telescopes in Schools" program, here with students from Pascoe Vale Girls College during the Solar Eclipse in November 2012.
Right: Dr Eyal Kazin presenting to Gembrook Primary students as part of our 2-day Astro Schools Festival in collaboration with Mount Burnett Observatory (May 2013).
Dr Greg Madsen and Dr Paul Hancock at the "Maths & Science EXPOsed" events in 2011 (top) and 2012 (bottom).
Left: Professor Steven Tingay during a Friday night outreach session at Curtin University with gifted 5-15 year olds, giving his presentation "Where did all the stuff come from?". Right: Dr Ramesh Bhat attending the "Science Cafe" at UWA as part of National Science Week 2012.