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 on this page 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 under the Resources section on this page.
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.
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.
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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:
Bringing students to the Complex, we expect that you will:
The National Capital Education Tourism Project provides assistance for teachers planning excursions to the Australian Capital Territory, including both attractions and accommodation. There is also the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) which is an initiative of the Australian Government. It provides some financial assistance for students in Year 4-12 across Australia to travel to Canberra, the nation’s capital. Find more information about PACER here.
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