The Canberra Space Centre (CSC) offers an informative and enjoyable way to learn about the planets and the story of space travel; and how we here on Earth communicate with and benefit from spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond.
We offer a variety of school education program formats that target the curriculum standards and meet classroom lesson plans in consultation with teachers. Our programs are suitable for secondary (Years 7-12).
For Year 7-12 students, our free education programs run for 90 minutes. However, we understand that you might have less time available (especially for interstate schools) and can tailor a program to suit. We do recommend though making the 90-minutes available so that we can cover the topics below (or something else you'd like us to concentrate on) and provide extra time for all those great questions your students are likely to ask.
A typical visit for Secondary school students includes:
We look forward to making your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. Please note that places fill fast each year, so your advance booking helps us to ensure that staff are available to guide you through your visit.
Our school programs operate:
Best of all your entry to the Canberra Space Centre and its school programs is FREE!
You can find our Risk Assessment and Public Liability Insurance documentation here.
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 7:45am and 4:30pm.
Ph: 02 6201 7809 / 7838
Fax: 02 6201 7975
The CDSCC is not an Observatory with optical telescopes. We do not offer night-time programs. Our work is in two-way robotic spacecraft communication and radio astronomy.
Suitable for Year 3-12.
Our popular presentation on the scale of objects in the universe.
Powerpoint format - File size: 26.4MB
Suitable for Year 5-12
Our presentation on how we use the electromagnetic spectrum to explore space. Starting with an Earth-based context that the students will be familiar with, and then moving to planets, nebulae, and galaxies.
Powerpoint format - File size: 12.9MB
Note: Additional animation to download (needs to be re-embedded in the presentation) - 3.8MB .mov here
Suitable for Year 4-12
Certain projects may be suitable for younger students
As a volunteer on these websites, both you and your students can become citizen scientists and citizen researchers, participating in real science and other research.
ZooTeach is a repository of lessons and resources for teachers, including: guides to projects for students and teachers, teacher-created presentations designed to introduce students to a particular project, and lessons developed to connect your students to projects and research within the context of things they already know.
Year 5 - Science as a Human Endeavour ACSHE083. Describing how technologies developed to aid space exploration have changed the way people live, work and communicate