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Awesome Destination Moon Resource Book for National Science Week

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With more than 2000 planned events around Australia, National Science Week, 10 to 18 August, is going to be huge.

One great free accompanying resource is the Destination Moon Resource Book, it’s aimed at prep to Year 10 with content created to suit each age group and it's free, we did say free.

Australia had a critical role in the moon landing but was very much secondary when it came to the credit, the resource takes us through it all.

But we’re far from stuck in the past when it comes to space, after all President Trump has famously stated that the “Moon is part of Mars”, what he meant was that the Moon landing was the first stage in establishing a foothold to the stars, a base on our moon will be a jumping off point for explorations of the solar system and perhaps a manned flight to the red planet.

It’s exciting as we are on the cusp of a new space age led as much by government as it is by entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.

Teachers can use the learning experiences in the book to plan, publicise, provoke, stimulate, support and inspire their National Science Week activities.

The ‘Solution Fluency’, project-based learning activities require many weeks work while the standalone activities, and fun ideas for science stations referenced on can be undertaken during National Science Week.

The resource book includes ideas to support students’ involvement in investigating, exploring, experimenting, designing, creating and communicating their understandings about past and present space programs, space missions and their explorations, space activities, space projects, space science and our growing space industries.

The resource book is complemented by a National Science Week Student Journal that can be downloaded and printed. It is intended for older students to record their ideas: from defining the problems posed in the suggested activities to debriefing the solutions they devise. 

The standalone activities and ideas for classroom work and science fairs found in the ‘Have a go at this’ sections of this resource book involve the purposeful application of knowledge, experience and resources to invent, design, create and make space-related objects, products, services and environments.

Headline local and international National Science week stars

  • NASA exobiologist Darlene Lim – a scientist who prepares astronauts for missions by putting them in the toughest environments on Earth.
  • Sylvia Earle – nicknamed “Her Deepness”, this veteran US oceanographer pioneered extreme diving, and lived in experimental underwater habitats.
  • Veena Sahajwalla – based at UNSW, Veena is the inventor of green steel, a new building material made from old car tyres and recycled plastic.
  • Eddie Wu – a Sydney maths teacher and YouTube star, Eddie was named Australia’s Local Hero for 2018, and fronted the ABC television series, Teenage Boss.

Other guests include US-based astrobiologist Paul Davies, Australian Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, and War on Waste star Craig Reucassel.  

National Science Week activities take place in capital cities, regional centres, and remote settlements across the country. Highlights include:

  • The Great Aussie BioQuest – a citizen science project using smartphones to map biodiversity.
  • The Science of Star Wars, at Canberra’s popular culture festival, GAMMA.CON.
  • Coffee in Space. How do you make a decent latte on the moon? In Melbourne and Victorian regional centres, scientists demonstrate the fine art of brewing in zero-gravity.
  • Science Behind Bars – visit Fremantle Prison and explore forensics and criminology with scientists from Perth’s Murdoch University.
  • Kids Navigate Neuroscience – fun and games for Adelaide children keen to explore the form and function of the brain.
  • TastroFest – featuring droid-building displays, telescope workshops and a giant inflatable Space Shuttle, Tasmania’s astronomy festival happens in the north coast town of Ulverstone.

The festival is supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and media sponsors including Cosmos, New Scientist and Science Illustrated. More information: www.scienceweek.net.au.


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