Last week I had the double pleasure of doing some astronomy with the Grade 5/6 classes of Mt Macedon Primary School on the cloudy Tuesday and the perfectly clear Friday nights. Four of these wonderfully knowledgable and enthusiastic students wrote an excellent report each on their experiences I just couldn’t wait to share with you;
On Friday the 19th of April the Grade 5/6 class from Mount Macedon Primary School got the opportunity to go to Gisborne Secondary College to look through a telescope that they have been given for three years from Melbourne University. I was lucky enough to be in that group. It was a great experience and I didn’t think that I would ever see the moon, Jupiter or Saturn close up. I learnt so much and had lots of fun.
On Friday the 19th I went to Gisborne Secondary College to look through a telescope from Melbourne University. When we got there we first looked at the moon then it zoomed in and we could see all the craters. If it was yellow it would have looked exactly like cheese! After that we went inside and made mini versions of the solar system and then we did a quiz and got slap bands. After the inside stuff we went outside to look at Saturn. It was absolutely amazing! It was like a sticker. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Then we had to go. I couldn’t get the vision of Saturn out of my head; I kept seeing it in the sky.
When we got there we realised it was too cloudy to use the telescope so we went inside and Jacinta from Melbourne University came and told us about sizing and where about the planets are. It was very interesting and made us feel very small compared to the Solar System. It was very interesting. Jacinta was very nice and informative and a very fun presenter and I wish I could do it again. Now I have an even bigger interest in space and we were so lucky to be chosen to go. It’s an experience worth having.
On Tuesday the 16th and Friday the 19th of April, Grade 5/6 of Mount Macedon Primary School went to Gisborne Secondary College to look through a telescope that Gisborne Secondary is borrowing for three years.
It was at 6 until 7.30pm and unfortunately it was not clear enough to use the telescope on Tuesday, but that group came back on Friday. We looked at the moon first. It was absolutely fascinating! You could very clearly see the craters! We learnt that each crater is about a hundred kilometres long! We also looked at Jupiter, which was just a blob.
We went inside and use Stellarium. Which is a lot like Google earth. We found the Southern Cross, and Rigel. We also got warm milo! It warmed us up a lot!
After that we went outside and looked at Saturn. It was unreal! It looked so awesome! It was very clear and you could see the rings perfectly! It was amazing!!!
I really enjoyed looking through the telescope! It was a fantastic experience that could be a once in a life time thing!
Thank you to Scout, Lucy, Lilu and Bella and to teacher Laura for organising these reports.
Also thanks to Craig and Daniel, PhD students from the Astrophysics Group for coming out and talking to the students, helping with the telescope and not hogging the viewing time too much…
The Pocket Solar System is a great activity for looking at the distance scale of the Solar System – no polystyrene required. This one has been adapted from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific activity