ACTIVITIES

 

Our collection of fun, educational and interesting things to do. 

Activities and classroom resources for teachers and students. 

Come back often as we will be adding more content soon.

If you would like us to source an activity for you, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Please note that all links are external. Starr's Planetarium has no control of, and bears no responsibility for their content.

NAME THE 20 NEW MOONS OF SATURN!

Saturn has overtaken Jupiter as the solar system's moon king.

Astronomers have discovered 20 previously unknown Saturn moons, bringing the ringed planet's number of known satellites to 82 — three more than Jupiter. And you can help name these newfound objects. We hope you know a lot about giants, because that’s the key to playing the name game for Saturnian moons.

Activity can be found here
SPACE SCOOP NEWS SERVICE
Astronomy news service for children. The idea behind Space Scoop is to change the way science is often perceived by children as an outdated and dull subject. By sharing exciting new astronomical discoveries with them, we can inspire children to develop an interest in science and technology.
For ages 8+ with links to scientific publications for older children and adults.
Activity can be found here

ZOONIVERSE

Help NASA Scientists. Multiple NASA projects depend on volunteers. Just a few minutes of training is enough to contribute to the search for black holes, comets exoplanets, and asteroids. Anyone can contribute to real academic research, on your own computer, at your own convenience. Projects available across all of the sciences.

Whatever your interest, there's a Zooniverse project for you. Perfect for the school holidays.  Find the Zooniverse here

Suitable for all ages.

NASA 60th ANNIVERSARY

 

For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. 

Join us in celebrating this historic event with some great classroom resources.

NASA website can be found here 

Available movies: The Space Shuttle.   Journeys Of Apollo.   50 Years Of Spacewalks.

Suitable for all ages.

STAR STORIES OF THE DREAMING GUIDE

 

The study of the sky knowledge of ancient and traditional cultures is called 'cultural astronomy' and it looks at how the knowledge of the night sky was important in Indigenous peoples’ culture, ceremonies and daily life.

The Star Stories of the Dreaming guide tells some of the rich cultural astronomy stories of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples.

For School Years K-10

Activity can be found here

ISS EarthKAM

A NASA program that enables students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. Students request ISS images of specific locations on Earth. Images are available in a EarthKAM image archive. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications, and art.

For School Years 5-9

Activity can be found here

STORY TIME FROM SPACE

Imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to, and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
Imagine no more… it’s Story Time from Space!

For ages 5+

Activity can be found here

THE AWESOME AMATEUR ASTRONOMER

This guide will introduce you to every aspect of astronomy—in 10 steps! Each step has a list of things you can do to conquer that topic and a badge you can earn to show you've reached that level of awesomeness! When you have collected all 10 badges, you get the superbadge, declaring you the awesome amateur astronomer that you’ll be!

For all ages.

Activity can be found here

CASSINI'S GRAND FINALE VIDEO

The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery.

This animated video tells the story of Cassini's final, daring assignment and looks back at what the mission has accomplished.

For all ages

Activity can be found here

CASSINI RETRO POSTERS

Cassini's 20th century technology has shaped the future of 21st century science. So maybe it's not surprising artists have found inspiration both the past and the future in creating inspiring artwork to celebrate the mission.

For all ages

Activity can be found here

SOLAR SYSTEM LITHOGRAPH SET

This solar system lithograph set is NASA's most downloaded file. The set features images of the planets, the sun, asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites, the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud, and moons of the solar system. General information, significant dates, interesting facts and brief descriptions of the images are included

For all ages

Activity can be found here

UNIVERSE IN A BOX
Universe in a Box was developed to meet a demand for practical, interactive, and fun resources to bring astronomy to the classroom. It provides teachers and educators with over 40 practical activities as well as the materials and models required to do them. 
For ages 4-10
The DIY guide is here
The activity book is here
BUILD YOUR OWN SOLAR SYSTEM

Creating a scale model of the solar system with your students is a great way for them to experience the vastness of the solar system and the relative sizes and locations of the planets and other solar system objects. Some of these activities can work in a classroom. For others, you will need to go outside.

For all ages

Activities are found here

AS THE WORLD TURNS
Night and day are like two different worlds. In this creative activity for very young children, we introduce the concept of the spinning Earth.
For ages 4+
Activity can be found here
COLOURING THE EARTH
See the Earth as it really is in this colouring activity, with no borders between countries, just a sphere sitting in space.
For ages 4+ 
Activity can be found here

CREATING ECLIPSES IN THE CLASSROOM

During an eclipse, the Sun or the Moon seems to disappear, these arecalled solar or lunar eclipses, respectively. These astronomical phenomenahave been shrouded in myth and legend throughout history. How do they happen?

In this activity, explore these fascinating natural phenomena with an easy-to-build model and learn about the movement of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. 

For ages 6+

Activity can be found here

DESIGN YOUR ALIEN
Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them to other worlds within our Solar System. Use creative thinking to design an alien life form suited for specific environmental conditions on an extra-terrestrial world within our Solar System.
For ages 8+
Activity can be found here
DIY SOLAR SYSTEM
In this imaginative craft activity, children make the planets of our Solar System using a template of an icosahedron (a polyhedron with 20 triangular faces, 30 edges and 12 vertices). They then decorate their planets with sand, glue, cotton wool, paint, glitter...the sky is the limit!​
For ages 6+
Activity can be found here

DR. SEAHORSE SEES SPOTS

Today Dr. Seahorse examines the freckles of the sun. Freckles? Well, they're really called 'sunspots'. Take a look!

For ages 6+

Activity can be found here

INVISIBLE UNIVERSE

Not until recently have we been able to look at the Universe with the help of other sorts of light than just visible light. Radio-, infrared-, gamma-, UV- and X-rays give astronomers a peek into a completely new world: the ‘invisible’ Universe. The activity guide ‘The Invisible Universe’ was created to inspire primary school students and introduce them to this ‘invisible’ world.

For ages 8+

Activity can be found here

COSMOS IN YOUR POCKET ACTIVITY BOOK

This little book fits right in your pocket, so you can take it anywhere: use it on long train rides, in the classroom, at a restaurant or in the park! There are loads of creative, artsy activities all related to our night sky; design your own constellations, write an ode to your favourite planet or draw a portrait of the Moon. Alternately, just learn some fun facts about the Universe that will impress your friends!

For ages 4+

Activity can be found here

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