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Stage 5 Science: Scientific understanding

Duration: 90 minutes

How do we know what we know about our place in the Universe? We explore, collect data and make models and theories.  

In this offer designed to help learners look to the future, learners will consider our first steps on the Moon and what will be needed to explore space in future.

Learners will:  

  • Examine why Australia played such a key role in the Apollo landings and the ongoing study of the Universe while exploring the Apollo 11 exhibition   
  • In the Lab Gallery they will take their first steps to design, launch and fly digital rockets. 
  • Conduct an experiment using Arduino sensors to determine where to build lunar power stations needed for a colony and radio telescopes.     

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
SC5-1VAappreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them
SC5-4WSdevelops questions or hypotheses to be investigated scientifically
SC5-6WSundertakes first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data and information, individually and collaboratively
SC5-ES1scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community
SC5-WSproduces a plan to investigate identified questions, hypotheses or problems, individually and collaboratively
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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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