Curriculum and Professional Development for Teachers

 

2018

Evening sessions include telescope practical if clear night.

Lunch or dinner can be booked at the 3rd Rock Cafe.

 

Levels 3-4

Thursday 8th March 10:00 – 12:00 $25

Thursday 10th May 16:00 – 18:00 $35

Science Understanding

Science as a human endeavour

Earth and space sciences

Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day

Physical sciences

Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another; a change in the temperature of an object is related to the gain or loss of heat by the object.

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance.

  • Day and Night
  • Seasons
  • Shadows
  • Constellations & Celestial Navigation
  • The Sun
  • Gravity, Forces

 

Levels 5-6

Wednesday 14th March 10:00 – 12:00 $25

Thursday 17th May 16:00 – 18:00 $35

Science Understanding

Science as a human endeavour

Earth and space sciences

Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the Sun)

Physical sciences

Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted.

Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy

  • Light & Optics
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Gravity on other planets
  • Basics of Telescopes
  • History of observatories & Telescopes
  • The Sun
  • Scale of things in the Solar System
  • The Solar System – using 3D
  • Space exploration – past, present, future

 

Levels 7-8

Wednesday 15th March 10:00 -12:00 $25

Thursday 23rd May 16:00 – 18:00 $35

Science Understanding

Science as a human endeavour

Earth and space sciences

Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and the Moon

Physical sciences

Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object; Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of Earth.

Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat, light, chemical energy and potential energy; devices can change energy from one form to another.

Light can form images using the reflective feature of curved mirrors and the refractive feature of lenses, and can disperse to produce a spectrum which is part of a larger spectrum of radiation

  • Light & Optics
  • Gravity on other planets
  • Basics of Telescopes
  • History of observatories & Telescopes
  • The Sun
  • Scale of things in the Solar System
  • The Solar System – using 3D
  • Celestial Motion

 

Levels 9-10

Wednesday 21st March 10:00 – 12:00$25

Thursday 30th May 16:00 – 18:00 $35

Science Understanding

Science as a human endeavour

Earth and space sciences

The Universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems; the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the Universe

Physical sciences

The description and explanation of the motion of objects involves the interaction of forces and the exchange of energy and can be described and predicted using the laws of physics

  • Classical Mechanics
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Telescopes
  • Life cycle of Stars
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Scientific Notation
  • Galaxies
  • Large scale structure of the Universe
  • Introduction to Cosmology

 

 

 

 

Past Professional Development Sessions

Predictable Phenomena on Earth including Eclipses

  • Sessions: 4.30pm,  6.30pm.
  • A total eclipse of the Moon will occur on the 15th April and an Annular eclipse of the Sun on the 29th April.
  • The total eclipse falls in the school holidays with the annular eclipse in term time.
  • This session will address VELS covering  predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon.
  • *investigating natural phenomena such as lunar and solar eclipses, seasons and phases of the moon
    * comparing times for the rotation of Earth, the sun and moon, and comparing the times for the orbits of Earth and the moon
    * modelling the relative movements of the Earth, sun and moon and how natural phenomena such as solar and lunar eclipses and phases of the moon occur
    * explaining why different regions of the Earth experience different seasonal conditions
  • Also covered will be the resources available at the Observatory for school students during a visit to the Observatory. Booking can be made on 5332 7526 or email bas@cbl.com.au
  • Cost is free, refreshments $5.