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Stage 3 Science: Planetary Science

Duration: 90 minutes

Learners will explore, plan and conduct experiments in preparation for day when we leave Earth to explore other planets.

During their mission they will:

  • Explore our spectacular Apollo 11 exhibition
  • Construct a model to show how Australia played a vital role in the 1969 Moon landing while visiting the Apollo 11 exhibition
  • Analyse the first words on the Moon by Neil Armstrong and plan the first words for when they reach Mars
  • Search the surface of the Moon to find where to build a future radio telescope needing resources and a considered location
  • Control the lunar command and service (CSM) module and meet, or dock with the lunar module (LM) to bring Neil, Buzz and Mike home
  • Practice landing the LM on the Moon before the fuel runs out just like Neil Armstrong did in 1969
  • Curate a photo cloud story covering the 5 key aspects of the visit:
  • The Space race
  • Australia’s part in the mission
  • The landing
  • How we remember
  • Where are we now and into the future
  • Conduct an experiment using Arduino sensors to determine where to build lunar power stations.

Every school receives:

  • See, Think, Wonder thinking routine lenticular bookmark
  • The ‘Sky this Month’ star chart showing where to look for the Moon.


Until June 30 2020, program activities include educator-led active exploration of the Apollo 11 exhibition.

From July 1 2020 through to June 30 2021, program activities include educator-led active exploration of curated artefacts and interactives from the Apollo 11 exhibition.

Learning Resources

Curriculum Links

NSW Incorporating Australian Curriculum

Link Description
ST3-1VAshows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities
ST3-4WSinvestigates by posing questions, including testable questions, making predictions and gathering data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations
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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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Powerhouse Museum venue page, including:

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