We offer 90-minute education programs for Yrs3-12 students. Admission and education programs are free.

Unfortunately, we are now completely booked out for 2017.
We are currently taking bookings for 2018 and beyond. We recommend securing a place with us soon, as we are booking out fast and are taking reservations as far ahead as 2019 at the moment.
Please contact us on our email or via phone (details below).

We are here to help you
We recognise that teaching is a tough business but at the same time it is one of the most rewarding. There are so many challenges to face each day and just keeping up with all the latest news and discoveries can be daunting, plus being able to answer all those questions you're bombarded with from students.

Space science is a particularly difficult subject and involves some really big concepts. While we can't be in the classroom with you, we want to help you as much as we can.

NASA and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) have a large focus on education. For them (and us), educating students in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an investment in the future and so they have created a wealth of materials, projects, classroom activities and lesson plans which you can use.

Their resources are all easily adaptable to the national curriculum. Under the Education Links (right) you will find a number of sites that we can recommend where you can download useful materials for students from K-12, plus some very specific materials for you as an educator.

What can we do to help you?
Don't ever be afraid to just ask us for help. We are here to provide you assistance, answer questions and where possible, provide access to space-related education resources.

If you or your students have a question that you can't find the answer to or you're just not sure about something space-related, then please contact us via phone, mail or email. Remember - there are no silly questions, so don't be afraid to ask.

Bring your students on an excursion to our Complex.
Our programs are free - you just have to get here.

If you want some professional development, we are happy to speak with you about arranging a time for you to visit us and provide some one-on-one or group programs.

Booking an Excursion
We look forward to making your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. Please note that places fill fast each Term, so your advance booking helps us to ensure that staff are available to guide you through your visit.

Our school programs operate:
February through to the end of November only
Monday to Friday (except in the ACT school and on public holidays)
First program starts at 9am
Last group starting at 3pm
• Each session lasts 90-minutes

Best of all your entry to the Canberra Space Centre and its school programs is FREE!

If you have any further questions about visiting the Centre or would like to make a Booking request, please feel free to contact us.
Contact: Korinne McDonnell and Glen Nagle
Office Hours: Monday - Friday between 9am and 4pm.
Canberra Space Centre - PO Box 1035, Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Ph: 02 6201 7809 / 7838 Fax: 02 6201 7975 Email:

Things you need to know
The Canberra Space Centre is located on the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex about 45 minutes drive southwest of Canberra city centre.

Due to the relative isolation of the Complex, you need to note the following:

Mobile phone coverage in the area is limited
First aid assistance can be provided by staff but ambulance services would take up to 45 minutes to reach the Complex (please advise us of any known/potential medical issues)
Roads in the area are sealed but rough surfaces can be encountered - please drive carefully
The nearest petrol station is 25 kilometres from the Complex (we do not provide fuel)
Roads wind through bush and farmland, so animals (kangaroos, emus, wombats, sheep and cows) do move across roads without warning at any time of day - please drive carefully

Bringing students to the Complex, we expect that you will:

Ensure that there is an adequate 'teacher to student' ratio as required by your local education departments
Ensure that students are supervised at all times and that members of the public are not disturbed or inconvenienced
Ensure that you are carrying any medications required by students - we cannot administer any medications but will provide general first aid and contact medical services if required
Ensure that students follow all instructions given by staff

Things to do before you come
To maximise the value of your visit we recommend that you get your students to learn a little bit about who we are and what we do. A simple way to do this is to direct them to our website.

Here are a few ideas:

Year Level Tip
K-2 - Prepare your students for a self-guided visit. Have them develop some questions in the classroom and then look for the answers in our exhibits and displays.
3-6 - Learn about some of the robotic missions that are currently exploring the Solar System and beyond eg: NASA/JPL, European Space Agency
7-9 - Discuss the benefits of space exploration eg: new technologies and international cooperation
10-12 - Consider the many types of careers available in the space science and technology fields in Australia eg: CSIRO, Square Kilometre Array

Lesson Plans
If you have a specific topic that you would like us to cover that fits in with your classroom lesson plan, then please let us know in advance so that we can tailor our program to meet your needs.

See our Education page for further details about our programs.

Education Programs
> Programs are suitable for 3-12
> We do not provide programs for P-K-2
> Programs run for 90 minutes
> Programs and admission are free
> Bookings are essential
> Bookings run 6-12 months in advance
> Special needs students catered for
> G'n'T students catered for
> Specific subject programs on request

Booking an Excursion
How to book a school excursion
Things you need to know
Risk assessment for excursions PDF
Things to do before you come

Education Links
CSIRO for Teachers
CSIRO for Kids
JPL Education
NASA for Educators
Solar System Education
Education Multimedia
+ NASA Education Office
+ JPL Informal Education
+ Planetary Photojournal

We've been asked quite a few times for this popular presentation on the scale of objects the universe.
Powerpoint format - File size: 26.4mb

+ National Capital Education Tourism Project
..Assistance for teachers planning excursions
..to the Australian Capital Territory.
PACER rebate program

Curiosity Mars Rover

NASA's Mars Sciecne Laboratory Rover called Curiosity has landed on the red planet. NASA and JPL Education have produced an excellent set of teacher and student resources to help you learn more about this incredible mission.

Key Mission Objective:
To assess whether the Martian landing area has ever had or still has environmental conditions favourable to microbial life - in terms of both habitability and preservation.

Mars Rover Curiosity Education

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Public Relations Office: Glen Nagle / Korinne McDonnell