Our astronomers from the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing are regularly hosting events and activities for Victorian school students. These provide an opportunity for students to learn the science of the galaxy in a highly engaging and entertaining way.


Be amazed by 3D movies and animations of our ever-expanding universe.  

AstroTours educate audiences about astronomy using innovative virtual reality technologies developed by Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.  

They are hosted by professional astronomers who can adapt the content to the requirements and learning outcomes of the audience. 

AstroTours are suitable for both primary and secondary students. 

Find out more about our AstroTours.

Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge 

Supported by the Australian Space Agency, this 10-week program is for secondary students from year 10 and up. The special micro-unit teaches students how to research and design an experiment for space.

Working with a Swinburne mentor, student teams will develop their own experiment concept and pitch it to a panel of experts. The top three submissions will have the opportunity to launch their experiment to the International Space Station!

There is still much to learn when it comes to the microgravity environment. How will organisations like NASA will support astronauts as they travel to the Moon, and beyond to Mars? Your students can contribute to this important area of research while developing STEM skills.

This program, previously only offered to one school, has already successfully launched three student projects into space. Now it could be your school’s turn! The challenge will launch 19 April 2021.

For more information, contact Dr Rebecca Allen at rebeccaallen@swinburne.edu.au.

Public astronomy lectures 

Every month, we hold a public lecture to highlight the most recent advances in astronomy and astrophysics.  

No matter your age or level of knowledge, you’re sure to find these incredibly fascinating.  

Past topics have included:  

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

Learn about our upcoming public astronomy lectures.

The neverending story of a star

The neverending story of a star

20 September 2019

Like humans, stars often live their long lives in pairs, called binaries. At the end of their lives, they experience drastic transformations, rather than simply ending, and these transformations greatly affect their companions. This lecture takes you on a journey of the many lives (and spectacular deaths/rebirths) of a massive star with a lighter companion star.

VCE Physics Big Bang Show 

If your VCE physics students are looking to see complex physics theory in action, don’t miss our 60-minute VCE Physics Big Bang Show.  

We’ll take them through the VCE Physics curriculum (Units 1 and 2) with live, interactive demonstrations of physics concepts and misconceptions. 

They’ll see incandescent lamps transformed into plasma balls, photonic fibres optically switched by honey and much more. 

For more information and bookings, contact ugteam@swinburne.edu.au.

OzGrav Mission Gravity incursions 

Take a trip in virtual reality to study the stars!  

Your 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 is suited for students in Years 7–12 and aligns with standards in the Australian Curriculum.  

It costs A$10.00 per student. 

For more information visit the OzGrav website or contact Jackie Bondell at jbondell@swinburne.edu.au

Want more information about what we do?

Our astronomers also run additional activities for Victorian school students, such as talks at schools. To learn more about our astrophysics school program or what we can offer you, email us at astrotour@swinburne.edu.au or visit the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

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