Physics and astronomy

From AstroTours to the Physics Big Bang Show, Swinburne offer a range of school programs on astronomy and physics, hosted at our world-class research centres.

AstroTours

Our ever-popular AstroTours are designed to educate and entertain audiences about astronomy. Hosted in Swinburne's 3D Theatre, AstroTours include 3D movies and interactive simulations created by the award-winning Swinburne Astronomy Productions team. Each AstroTour is hosted by a research astronomer so your students can ask questions. The AstroTour supports teaching of VCE Physics (Units 1 and 2) and the Victorian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences – all levels).

Audience: Year 8 - 12 students
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: $8.80 per student

For more information and bookings contact Associate Professor Alan Duffy.

VCE Physics Big Bang Show

In this exciting presentation we interactively take students through the VCE Physics curriculum (Units 1 and 2) with live demonstrations of physics concepts and misconceptions. From a room full of students radioactively decaying, to high voltage high jinx with a van der Graff generator, Newton’s laws are put to the test and myths are busted. Students are bewildered by confusing colours, befuddled by Bernoulli, incandescent lamps are transformed into plasma balls, photonic fibres are optically switched by honey and much more.

Audience: VCE physics students
Duration: 60 mins

For more information and bookings contact ugteam@swin.edu.au

Student work experience

We offer opportunities for high-achieving, motivated students to undertake work experience placements in our Physics and Astronomy research centres. Students interested in applying should email a cover letter and resume to Dr Brenton Hall (for physics) or Dr Katinka Gereb (for astronomy).

Free public astronomy lectures

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing holds monthly public lectures to highlight the most recent advances in astronomy and astrophysics. Past lectures have included topics such as ‘How old is the universe?’ and ‘How are stars born?’

Visit the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing to see their lecture schedule and to make a booking. You can also view past lectures and sign up to the astronomy lectures mailing list. The annual National Science Week ‘State of the Universe’ lecture is well suited for school-age audiences.

Audience: all ages

In2science Peer Mentoring and CSIRO Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools

Swinburne Department of Physics and Astronomy staff and students are actively involved in the In2science Peer Mentoring Program and the CSIRO Scientists in Schools Program.