School Day Tours
PERTH Observatory has been conducting school day tours since the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group (POVG) took over the running of the observatory in 2015.
“The activities have been completely updated and include aspects to correlate with the Australian Curriculum in an activity based learning environment,” POVG School Day Tour Coordinator Dr Chris Coulstock said.
New activities include students having the opportunity to engage in role-play activities; manipulating one of the old telescopes and its dome and looking at the sun via a telescope and computer interface.
The Perth Observatory now offers a choice of eight activities for each of the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 groups that attend the tours.
“These include looking at the Mundrabilla Meteorite and learning about these visitors to earth and then learning why the moon has phases; learning about planets at our scale diagram of the solar system and through the Solar Walk; and seeing if they work out what would be the most useful to keep with them if they crash landed on the moon,” said Dr Coulstock.
Activities are conducted inside and outside the main buildings and domes and there are shade marquees available for use during summer tours. The summer and winter tours are the same although activities are moved inside the main buildings or the domes during wet weather.
Schools can chose tour staring times and usually chose between four and six activities for students to complete.
There are picnic tables available for students to enjoy a lunch break and POVG hope to build a shaded amphitheatre to provide more seating space.
“Although we only have activities for Years 3-6 at present, we have had older and younger children come and we have adapted the activities to suit them,” Dr Coulstock said.
As a retired primary school teacher, Dr Coulstock believes that Astronomy in primary school can be difficult to teach.
“Many of our activities relate to the curriculum and make your teaching just that little bit easier,” he said.
For more information contact Chris Coulstock from the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group at day[email protected] perthobservatory.com.au or simply fill in the online form at www.perthobservatory.com. au/tours/school-day-tours.
Students learn about Astronomy at the Perth Observatory.