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.
You can view the telescopes from all angles, read more information about each telescope site (South Africa and Australia), and watch videos about radio telescopes and the Square Kilometre Array.
Primary School Resources
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.
Build your own SKA antenna
Build a model Square Kilometre Array station out of paper.
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.
*Note, you will need approximately 2kg of PlayDoh for this activity.
Meet the SKAnimals! Courtesy of the International SKA Office, learn more about the Square Kilometre Array from the SKAnimals.
Secondary School Resources
Space the final frontier
Commemorate 50 years since the first Moon landing and discover why scientists are staring into space in a three part resource series from Seven West Media Education, in collaboration with ICRAR.
Supporting the WA Curriculum: Science and HASS, these resources have themed activities, information and an answer guide.
Please note these resources are for classroom use only, and may not be used or reproduced for any other purpose.
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.
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
Years 11 and 12 version
GLEAMoscope Virtual Reality
This app, available on Apple and Android devices, showcases the West Australian night sky, radio astronomy and the SKA telescope project. It shows off what the SKA might look like and gives you an on-the-ground feeling of being there at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.
This virtual version is in the outback at night time, showing the visible Universe as well as the sky as seen with ‘radio eyes’ and other wavelengths. You can switch between the wavelengths, see interesting objects and then query those objects and find out more about them. The app has been designed for everyone, not just people who have access to virtual reality equipment. It requires only a smart phone and a Google Cardboard, which can be bought online for about $20.
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.
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.
The MRO in Google Earth
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.
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.