Curriculum and Professional Development for Teachers

The Ballarat Observatory offers a unique range of education programs that cover the AusVELS curriculum.

We also run professional development courses for Teachers, one of which is our Introduction to Astronomy course, which introduces teachers to basics of astronomy and physics.

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Teacher feedback

“……the students are still talking about their visit 2 weeks later….”.

“….Saeed was terrific and the students were totally engaged…very impressed….” 

We offer an experience that will provide a life long starting point to an insight about our solar system, galaxy and or the broader universe.

The Ballarat Observatory offers educational tours for school groups that help explain some of the mysteries of the Universe and offer simplified explanations of the fundamental concepts in astronomy, physics and science in general.

Daytime tours can be booked Monday to Thursday from 10:30 to 15:00 during school terms. Night tours can be booked Monday to Thursday but the time depends on daylight savings. Tours are usually scheduled to begin half an hour before sunset.

Each tour can be tailored to your students’ needs and is guided by an experienced astronomy/science educator.

In addition to presentations, we use computer simulations and virtual night sky software to enhance the learning experience, from collisions between galaxies to the formation of star systems.