Are You Interested In An Exciting New
SPACE & ASTRONOMY SHOW
A Package of FREE Astronomy and Space DVDs & lesson prep material for your school worth over $300?
Offered for all NSW schools on the Mid North Coast NSW during 2013- 14!
Introducing our unique ‘ASTRONOMY OUTREACH’ program for primary and secondary schools, now in its tenth year throughout NSW. Designed as an interactive visual astronomy/space show, it makes learning fun. This program is unique! It is fully focussed on the students and will expose the subject of astronomy and space to many thousands of schoolchildren across Australia, and educate them in an interactive way about the many wonders of the night sky .
Here are typical comments from some of the schools recently visited
* “Dave, thanks for a very interesting and informative presentation. I particularly appreciated the effort you made to deliver material relevant to our students. Your visit has certainly helped to maintain enthusiasm in our fledgling science club. Good luck.” Mark Vale. Ashford Central School. NSW.
* “Dear Dave. Thanks for visiting St.Clare’s last week and giving such a great presentation on ‘Secrets Of The Universe’. The response from the students was very positive and we have a very enthusiastic group keen to start an astronomy club.” Penny Wood. St. Clare’s High School. Taree
* “The program kept all children from K- 6 interested for 1 hour, not easy to do!” St. Josephs Gloucester.
* “Very informative, fast moving and extremely entertaining. Relates very well to K-6 science curriculum!” Helen Hamilton. Lawrence Public School NSW – May 2009
* ” Excellent! A well presented program, interesting and thought provoking” Gladstone Public.
* “Great! Exactly what we wanted”. Helen Wiederman. Beresfield Public School.
* “Dear Dave, Thanks for the talk and the night viewing. The kids (and us) really enjoyed it – they are still talking about it. It seems they were a bit apprehensive at first because they thought it was going to be like school (boring), but were really surprised because you made it soooo interesting, and you talked to them at their level and dealt with their questions really well!!” Sandy Hoogland. St Josephs High. Wauchope
In one hour we will advance your students understanding & knowledge of astronomy more effectively than you might achieve in 6 months!
‘Astronomy Outreach – A Universe in the Classroom’
10 Ivy St Wauchope. NSW 2446 Australia.
Phone/Fax 02 – 6585 2260 Mobile 0400 636 363
ABN: 83709 554 387
‘Secrets of The Universe’
A Science Initiative Program for all Australian Schools
Welcome to ‘Astronomy Outreach, bringing the entire Universe right into the classroom …in a unique and exciting way! This program will give your students a refreshing new look at the latest discoveries in astronomy and space in a one hour audio-visual show by a top astronomy educator. Now in its seventh year, Astronomy Outreach has been designed especially for Australian school students by astronomer, lecturer and science writer David Reneke. This program is a vital link in supporting the ongoing role of teachers by presenting astronomy to students in a manner they can immediately identify with.
The Astronomy Outreach program is supported and sponsored by the Discovery Channel’s ‘Discovery Science’ division. The program’s audio-visual section, ‘Discover The Universe’, aligns with the current school curriculum and consists of several powerful, graphic intensive, PowerPoint slide shows with well placed sound effects detailing the evolution of the Universe and the history of the space program.
Throughout each talk, David will be using the latest, most up to date visual material available from NASA and the Hubble Telescope. We have 5 separate programs for you to choose from, individually designed to cover all school levels. If required, we can tailor a program specially designed to suit your students’ needs. We can also do multiple talks on the day. Talk to us.
Schools electing to receive the program will have the opportunity of learning first hand what astronomy is all about in a fun, relaxed, easy to follow format. We talk to kids in their language, not ours, and make space interesting. Your students will learn more about the Universe with us in one hour than they will in six months under the current school curriculum! – Don’t believe it?
Just try us! Class sizes are not really limited but ideally, 100 students or more per session if possible would be ideal (flexible). Schools can combine classes or join with other schools to make up numbers if required. Teachers receive a free ‘Teachers Resource Pack’ containing 10 specially chosen astronomy DVDs courtesy of Discovery Science.
About Dave Reneke
David Reneke, one of Australia’s most well known and respected astronomers and lecturers, . David has over 40 years experience in astronomy with links to some of the world’s leading astronomical institutions. He has an enthusiasm which is infectious, and it shows in his presentations. David is the editor for Australia’s Astro-Space News Magazine and a writer for the prestigious Australasian Science magazine.
David teaches astronomy at college level, is an invited speaker at astronomy conventions throughout Australia, a feature writer and columnist for dozens of Australian newspapers, and is a celebrity science correspondent heard on more than 16 ABC & commercial radio stations across Australia every week – total audience, around 3 million! As a new author, David has two E-Books to his credit.
David has been featured on Regional TV stations in NSW, Good Morning America, American MSNBC news, the BBC, Spanish television and Sky News here in Australia. He’s recently entertained passengers across Australia onboard the famous ‘GHAN’ with his show and has been invited back in the New Year.
David has developed a style of presenting astronomy that is incredibly unique, fast paced and entertaining. David recently toured the USA on a magazine assignment where he met Sir Richard Branson in New York and visited astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, at his home in California. David also runs his enormously successful ‘Astronomy Outreach’ program.
Secrets Of the Universe
– Check Out Our Range Of Programs –
Suit K-2 ‘KidSpace’: Our solar neighborhood is an exciting place. The Solar System is full of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, minor planets, and many other exciting objects. For those of kindergarten age we’ve developed a special program called ‘KidSpace’ which introduces, in kids terms, the concepts of astronomy and space in an exciting, colourful, and fun-filled manner. Some role-play involved with rewards for good answers to questions using little prize give-aways in the form of space stickers, etc. Emphasis is placed on building curiosity. This program involves the kids in a fun and engaging way.Lots of Q&A – we even play ‘Space I Spy.’ Remembering their age level this activity focusses more on the fun aspect of space and astronomy but be warned, there’s a lot of excited yelling goes on as well.
Suit Year 3 &4: ‘Discover the Universe’ Level 1. This is designed to teach young students of this level about what the Universe is and explain, in basic terms, where it came from and what it contains. We start of with some pretty spectacular sound effects and show the ‘Big Bang’ then a quick introduction to stars and galaxies using some of the most impressive images from NASA and the Hubble Space telescope. Again using well placed sound effects and colourful slides we examine, in graphic detail, the Sun and all the planets in our Solar System, plus the moon landing, comets, constellations, meteors and asteroids etc. There is also a section involving Q&A … plus role play. Emphasis is placed on building interest more than pushing facts and figures. The program rewards good answers to questions using little prize give-aways in the form of space stickers, booklets etc. To help understand the make-up of planets we allow each student to pick up and examine a real meteorite 4.5 billion years old!
Suit Year 5 & 6:‘‘Discover the Universe’ Level 2. Similar to the above but a little more in depth, this is designed to teach young students of this level about what the Universe is and explain, in basic terms, where it came from and what it contains. We start of with some pretty spectacular sound effects and show the ‘Big Bang’ then a quick introduction to stars, galaxies and even black holes – using some of the most impressive images from NASA and the Hubble Space telescope. Again using well placed sound effects and colourful slides we examine, in graphic detail, the Sun and all the planets in our Solar System, plus the moon landing, comets, constellations, meteors and asteroids etc. There is also a section involving Q&A … plus role play. Emphasis is placed on building interest more than pushing facts and figures. The program rewards good answers to questions using little prize give-aways. To help understand the make-up of planets we allow each student to pick up and examine a real meteorite 4.5 billion years old!
Suit Year 7 – 9: ‘Discover the Universe’ Level 3: Expands on the previous program by taking a more in-depth look at our Solar System and all the planets, comets and asteroids in it. We go on to explore the formation of Stars, Galaxies & Black Holes etc. in much greater detail. Basically, everything from the Big Bang to present day discoveries are covered still using some of the best photos from NASA and the Hubble space telescope. To help understand the make-up of planets we allow each student to pick up and examine a real meteorite 4.5 billion years old! There is also a Q&A section at the end of, and during each session. Time allowing we show a dramatic 6 minute video, exclusive to us, on the future
Suit Year 10 – 12: ‘Stars, Galaxies, & Black Holes’: This is our top program. This is cosmology, the ‘Cosmic Engine’ segment. Using powerful photos and graphics, we go from the origin of the ‘Big Bang’ to detailing some of the most mysterious and mind boggling objects in the cosmos. We investigate the birth and formation of Stars and Galaxies, look into the make-up of Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Pulsars … plus much more! Included in this specialised program is a discussion and explanation of The H.R. Diagram, Spectra, and ‘Redshift.’ We finish up with a discussion on future concepts like string theory and ‘wormholes’. To help understand the make-up of planets we allow each student to pick up and examine a real meteorite 4.5 billion years old! Time allowing we show a dramatic 6 minute video, exclusive to us, on the future of human civilian spaceflight courtesy of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. ‘
A Universe in the Classroom’
Although most of this is voluntary, costs for this program are being held to a minimum with a small charge of $4 per student being asked to help cover our set up costs, overheads, promotion, and related traveling expenses. As part of the tour package, a special night astronomy show for parents, friends, and the general public can be arranged with you to follow the school sessions, with telescope viewings and tours of the night sky afterward as a special bonus.
A donation from the public to help cover costs would be asked, with a science package being donated back to your school as a contribution. If interested, please ask about this offer.
Why Not Take Your Own ASTRO PHOTO
Now kids (and adults) can take their own astronmy photos of what they are viewing.
Cost just $2.50 per image.
Imagine being able to take home your very own hand-made photo of giant Moon craters you were looking at, or huge rift valleys hundreds of kilometres long! With our specially equipped telescopes and our exclusive ‘Astro Cam’ attached you can.
With one click of the shutter an image can be stored on our laptop and transferred to your very own CD, or thumb drive for you to print out at home OR we can do it for you…on the spot … for an additional small charge. Then, turn the scope to a star cluster or nebula…or one of the planets!
WOW, you could even take a shot of Jupiter with it’s four moons circling or spin around and snap a pic of Saturn and it’s rings. The choices are endless. Just let us know ahead of time OK?
Dear David Thank-you so very much for your excellent astronomy presentation last night. The community is indeed privileged to have the benefit of your knowledge and expertise and I commend you sincerely for your interest in promoting this awareness throughout the schools and making science such an ‘alive’ and interesting feature. These students, and their offspring, are “the future” and will take our current information to a whole new ‘dimension’. Congratulatons, and thank-you, for sharing your passion with us all. Warmest Regards, Joy-Elaine Lewis
Hi Dave Thanks for Saturday night. The kids (and us) really enjoyed it – they are still talking about it. It seems they were a bit apprehensive at first because they thought it was going to be like school (boring), but were really surprised because you made it soooo interesting and you talked to them at their level (and dealt with blonde questions really well!! Sandy c/o St Josephs High School Wauchope NSW
Making a Booking
Teachers interested in having the program at their school are asked to contact David Reneke on: 02 – 6585 2260 Mobile 040 636 363 or email him direct: email@example.com to register their initial interest or request more information on program content. We can email, fax or post to you any additional material you may require. Note: Inquiring about this program does not place you or the school under any obligation.
ASTRONOMY OUTREACH Postal Address: 10b Ivy Street Wauchope NSW 2446 Australia Phone: 02 – 6585 2260 Mobile 040 636 363
Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon.
– The Outreach Team! –
Some highlights of past events:
Kids love looking through telescopes
BIG scopes show so much more!
About Discovery Science
To find out more about the AUSTAR for schools program and the other exciting interactive activities planned for 2009, visit the AUSTAR for schools website www.schools.austar.com.au From the depths of our galaxy to the practical science in the world around us, Discovery Science is the only network dedicated to making science programming accessible, relevant and so thoroughly entertaining.
For Further information: Kia Poolman PR & Community Relations Executive AUSTAR Entertainment http://www.discoverychannel.com.au