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Workshops

Please contact our Outreach Manager, Shane Hengst, if you would like to book workshop(s) for your school.

StarLab

The StarLab is a portable planetarium allowing students and the public to experience the night sky anytime, anywhere, rain, hail or shine.

The StarLab fits 25-30 students and their teacher.

StarLab necessities:

  • Indoor (wind can lift the dome, with daylight spoiling the nighttime effect)
  • Space 10m x 10m with 3.8m height clearance
  • Preferably carpeted
  • Relatively quiet (any outside noise is amplified within the dome)
  • Sharp and hot objects must be kept clear of the StarLab
  • Require access to one standard 240V power point

For safety reasons, teachers must accompany students into the StarLab, it is not the StarLab presenter's duty to manage student behaviour. If students are not properly supervised or behave in a dangerous manner inside the dome, students will be asked to leave and the presentation will come to an end.

Circular Mechanics

Round and round we go! Why does water stay in a bucket when it is swung above your head? What is the difference between Centrifugal and Centripetal forces? How does an ice-skater control their speed while doing a pirouette? Come and learn the answers to these questions (and more!) in this workshop on objects that undergo circular motion!

Workshop: 45-60min
Audience: All Ages (Workshop is delivered depending on audience level)
Number: 15 (Recommended for best interaction)
Room requirements: Classroom with movable tables and chairs

Understanding Gravity

Einstein’s theory of gravitation is best described with a hands-on demonstration.  Our new space-time curvature demonstration is very versatile in explaining gravity, binary stars, planetary motion and much more!

Workshop: 45-60min
Audience: Recommended for Year 11 and 12 Students (However, the workshop can be cater for students of all ages).
Number: 15 (Recommended for best interaction)
Room requirements: Classroom with movable tables and chairs 

Liquid Nitrogen Show

Discover how things operate at very low temperatures! Magnetic levitation, super-currents and potential ice-cream eating!

Workshop: 45-60min (On-campus only)
Audience: Secondary (Workshop is delivered depending on audience level)
Number: 15-30 (Recommended for best interaction)
Room requirements: Classroom with movable tables and chairs / 230V Power points around the room

Solar Astronomy

Our Sun is perhaps the most important body in space as a means of survival for our planet.  Discover how the telescope coupled with a solar filter uncovered that the Sun was not so "perfect" but something more intricate and fascinating.! (Weather permitting)

Presentation & Workshop: 45-60min
Audience: All Ages (Workshop is delivered depending on audience level)
Number: 30 (Recommended for best interaction)
Room requirements: Lecture Theatre, Computer Projector, Outdoor area (grass or concrete) with clear view to the Sun

Alien Light

What is light? What is the Sun composed of? How do polarised sunglasses work?  Discover the answers to these questions on this enlightening workshop on spectroscopy and polarisation!

Workshop: 45-60min
Audience: All Ages (Workshop is delivered depending on audience level)
Number: 15 (Recommended for best interaction)
Room requirements: Classroom with movable tables and chairs / 230V Power points around the room