Teacher Workshops in Astronomy

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) runs workshops to support science teachers around Australia. In addition to those we run ourselves our Education Officer and other staff present sessions at professional development opportunities organised by other groups such as the Australian Science Teachers Association and the various state Science Teachers' associations.

Details on recent and upcoming CASS workshops or other workshop sessions are provided below.

CASS Teacher Workshops for 2014

2012 workshop participants by the <em>Dish.</em>
2013 workshop participants by the Dish.

Semester 1 of 2014:

  1. Astronomy from the Ground Up! is our annual three-day workshop held at the Parkes Observatory, in the shadow of "The Dish". The 2014 workshop runs from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 May. It targets the requirements of junior Science and Primary syllabi from around Australia whilst also providing depth and enrichment for teachers of senior physics. Teachers meet professional astronomers, hear lectures on different aspects of astronomy including some of the latest discoveries and tour the radio telescope. Emphasis is placed on practical and hands-on activities to take back and use in the classroom. Explore the wonderful dark night skies through optical telescopes. Participants also receive an extensive range of resources. We are hoping that this workshop will also qualify as a Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) workshop, providing international certification for participants. If you are interested in finding out more about this workshops please click here for further details and registration.

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Teachers viewing the Sun during the 2012 workshop.
Teachers viewing the Sun during the 2012 workshop.

Other Workshop Sessions and Talks

Our Education Officer, Robert Hollow, presents numerous workshop sessions at other teacher professional development days around Australia. Upcoming sessions include:

A. STAV/AIP Phyiscs Teacher Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, February 14 2014.

  • Session A26 What the BFS Is It? An Approach to Developing Student Inquiry Skills, 13.45 - 14.45 in S1.

For details and registration visit the STAVCON site.

B. STAQ Science is Primary Conference, Brisbane 15 March 2014.

Robert is planning on running a session on using Universe Awareness mateirals in the classroom. (tbc)

For details and registration visit the STAQ Professional Development site.

Future sessions are planned for other science teacher conferences in 2014 including the STANSW Physics Day, at UNSW, 9 May , the STANSW 7 - 12 Conference and CONASTA63 in Adelaide, July 2014.

More Information?

If you would like to know more about any upcoming workshops or are interested in having one of our staff present a session at an upcoming event, please contact our Education Officer, Robert Hollow for more information. He can be reached on:

Phone: 02 9372 4247
Fax: 02 9372 4444
Email: Robert.Hollow@csiro.au