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.


Our ever-popular AstroTours educate and entertain audiences about astronomy. Held in Swinburne's 3D Virtual Reality Theatre, AstroTours include 3D movies and interactive simulations created by the award-winning Swinburne Astronomy Productions team. Each tour is run 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 Dr Rebecca Allen at

OzGrav Mission Gravity incursions

Take a trip in virtual reality to study the stars!

Developed and run by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, Missions Gravity combines classic scientific modelling with immersive virtual reality.

In this incursion, students will collaborate in teams to create a model of stellar evolution by collecting and analysing data from a virtual trip to nearby stars. Students will use the laws of physics and the freedom of virtual reality to learn about how stars change over time and the tools scientists can use to study stars.

This 90-minute incursion aligns with standards in the Australian Curriculum and is most appropriate for students in years 7 - 10 and VCE Physics with the content scaled accordingly.

Cost: $10.00 per student

Book a visit to your school

For more information visit the OzGrav website or contact Jackie Bondell at

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

Student work experience

We offer opportunities for high-achieving, motivated students to undertake work experience placements in our Physics and Astronomy research centres

Explore work placement opportunities

Free public astronomy lectures

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing holds monthly public lectures to highlight the most recent advances in astronomy and astrophysics.

Topics have included:

  • How old is the universe?
  • How are stars born?

During National Science Week, the annual State of the Universe lecture suits school-age audiences.

Visit the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing to find upcoming lectures. You can also view past lectures and sign up to the astronomy lectures mailing list.

Audience: all ages

In2science Peer Mentoring and CSIRO Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools

Swinburne's Department of Physics and Astronomy staff and students participate in the In2science Peer Mentoring Program and the CSIRO Scientists in Schools Program.