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In addition to the multimedia also available on the ICRAR website, listed below are resources on astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array for almost any situation.

Please contact us if you’re after a particular resource and don’t find what you’re looking for here.

Primary School Resources

Cosmos Computing

A flexible lesson for upper primary aimed at the Digital Technologies curriculum. Students roleplay the components of a computer, gaining an innate understanding of what each part does and how a computer works.

Full cosmos computing resources, including lesson plan and templates

Build your own SKA antenna

Build a model Square Kilometre Array station out of paper.

DISH TEMPLATE SKA ARRAY STATION INSTRUCTIONS

How big are the planets?

With a big lump of PlayDoh and a ruler, make a scale model of the Solar System following these simple instructions.

WORKSHEET

*Note, you will need approximately 2kg of PlayDoh for this activity.

SKA ComicsMeet the SKAnimals! Courtesy of the International SKA Office, learn more about the Square Kilometre Array from the SKAnimals.

Meet the SKAnimals! Courtesy of the International SKA Office, learn more about the Square Kilometre Array from the SKAnimals.

COMIC 1 Comic 2 COMIC 3

Secondary School Resources

Study Astronomy factsheets

Information on how to study astronomy in Western Australia with ICRAR is summarised on these two factsheets, one for students considering undergraduate study and one for students considering postgraduate study.

STUDY WITH ICRAR POSTGRADUATE STUDY WITH ICRAR

Weighing a Galaxy Activity

Learn how to weigh one of the biggest objects in the Universe – a galaxy! Using real data from optical and radio telescopes this worksheet goes through all the steps to weigh a galaxy. There are two versions of the activity (split by year group) and usually the activity is done with the help of an ICRAR staff member explaining each step as it’s happening. This activity would be suitable for independent work by advanced students. Students will need a scientific calculator and a ruler to complete the activity.

Years 8 to 10 version

PRESENTATION (PDF) WORKSHEET SOLUTIONS

Years 11 and 12 version

Presentation (pdf) WORKSHEET SOLUTIONS

PRINTOUT 1 (SPECTRUM) PRINTOUT 2 (OPTICAL IMAGE)

Other Resources

Astronomy Posters

ICRAR’s research covers a wide range of topics and physical processes. Occasionally our staff and students produce posters/flyers about objects in space that might be of use for personal learning resources or in the classroom.

Blazars: The universe’s bizarre and violent galactic monsters

Author: David English.

PDF Blazars Poster

Cosmology 101

Join ex ICRAR researcher Dr Alan Duffy for a crash course in Cosmology, from the origins of our Universe to how astronomers can possibly know how long ago the Big Bang happened.

Cosmology 101

The MRO in Google Earth

White dish shaped radio telescopes nad a large white building from the air on a red Australian desert backdrop.

An aerial view of the ASKAP telescope and Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.
Credit: Dragonfly Media/CSIRO

Future site of the Square Kilometre Array in Australia, the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) currently hosts two world class telescopes, CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Arrray (MWA). See where they are and what the region looks like in this specially made map for Google Earth.

Web Links

SKA AUSTRALIA WEBSITE SKA International website

astroEDU

AstroEDU is a database of astronomy activities that targets activity guides, tutorials and other activities in the area of astronomy education, prepared by teachers, educators and education specialists. Each of the astroEDU activities has been peer-reviewed by an educator and an astronomer to ensure a high scientific and educational standard.

ASTROEDU WEBSITE