Sydney Observatory. 3/11/2014 Picture By James Horan

Australian Indigenous Astronomy

Duration: 45 minutes
Discover some of the living sky lore of Australia’s First Nations peoples’ in this hands-on workshop by making, using and taking home an Indigenous planisphere (rotating star map).  Use it to explore the sky and consider how sky knowledge is still used by communities to mark seasonal changes and pass wisdom from generation to generation. We presently use sky lore from the Boorong community of the Wergaia language group from what is now known as north western Victoria.
This 45 minute session can be added to existing programs or run as a stand alone offer.
Please note that 5pm sessions can be booked throughout the year.

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NSW Incorporating Australian Curriculum

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SC4-12ESdescribes the dynamic nature of models, theories and laws in developing scientific understanding of the Earth and solar system
SC4-4WSidentifies questions and problems that can be tested or researched and makes predictions based on scientific knowledge
SC4-5WScollaboratively and individually produces a plan to investigate questions and problems
SC5-12ESdescribes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community
SC5-1VAappreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them
SCIENCE K–10 - EARTH AND SPACE
ST2-1VAshows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities
ST2-2VAdemonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures
ST2-9ESdescribes how relationships between the sun and the Earth cause regular changes
ST3-1VAshows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities
ST3-2VAdemonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures
ST3-8ESdescribes how discoveries by people from different cultures and times have contributed to advancing scientific understanding of the solar system
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