[ASC-list] Discover SKA - still time to get involved! [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Annie Harris AHarris at questacon.edu.au
Wed Mar 16 03:32:04 UTC 2011



It's not too late to join the growing activity building up for the nationwide Discover SKA campaign to promote the SKA project and Australia-New Zealand's bid to host it! The campaign kicks off on 1 April and runs through until 30 June, so now's the time to get planning and register your events.


Event roundup

Organisations around Australia are busy planning an exciting variety of Discover SKA events and activities, including:

*         A chance for high school students to operate Australia's most famous radio telescope via the Pulse at Parkes program, delivered by CSIRO.

*         A series of talks for industry professionals by Kevin Vinsen from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) highlighting the ICT implications of the SKA.

*         A realistic 3D flyover experience at the Swinburne University Virtual Reality Theatre, where visitors can experience first-hand what the SKA might look like.

*         A week-long program of SKA shows, talks, demonstrations and schools' activities at Questacon between 14-20 May.

*         Astronomy professional development workshops on offer for teachers in a range of locations.

*         Plus public lectures, stargazing sessions and many more!


So get on board, get planning and register your event!

Event registration form: http://www.questacon.edu.au/assets/DiscoverSKA_registration_distributed.pdf?utm_source=Discover+SKA&utm_campaign=038b768c70-Discover_SKA2_17_2011&utm_medium=email


Join in with Discover SKA

We want to get the SKA message out to as many people in Australia as possible - and we need your help. You can be part of this national initiative simply by hosting a Discover SKA event or activity in April-June 2011. Your event will be supported by a suite of promotional and audiovisual materials, and there is the opportunity for your event to be highlighted in national media coverage.


Your event can be anything that raises awareness of the SKA.  Here's some ideas for how you can get involved:

*         Incorporate information about the SKA into existing programs or activities from outreach programs for schools to monthly astronomy society meetings, the SKA makes a great feature topic for your program.

*         Host anSKA 'hot topic' briefing or internal information session for your organisation - this is especially effective for larger organisations such as government departments and universities.

*         Industry briefing sessions - if your organisation has stakeholders from the IT, renewable energy or manufacturing industries, organise a briefing session to highlight the leaps forward the SKA will drive in these areas.

*         General public events - host a public lecture, a stargazing session or a science café to highlight the SKA and Australia's proud achievements in astronomy.

*         Professional development for teachers_ - teachers can take advantage of a range of professional development workshops in astronomy, offered by organisations such as CSIRO and ICRAR. The information and inspiration gained at these workshops can be taken back to the classroom to explore the SKA in detail.

*         School events - organise an SKA guest speaker for your class or school, undertake some classroom activities from the 'Window to the Universe' educational resource, make a model array using the model radio telescope (available to download soon) or hold a school movie night featuring 'The Dish' or 'Contact'. You could even invite an astronomer to introduce your event and talk about the SKA.


Use one of these ideas or come up with your own event. Whatever you do, make sure you register your event.


Event-holder resources

We are currently developing a fantastic suite of information and promotional materials that will be available for you to download for your events. The event holder's kit will contain:

*         A 'how to' guide for event holders

*         A full-colour SKA brochure

*         Fact sheets

*         An A3 poster

*         A cut-out radio telescope model

*         Planispheres to identify constellations in the night sky (available now on request)

*         Videos, images and animations of the SKA and related telescopes

*         The educational resource 'Windows to the Universe' (available now at www.ska.edu.au <http://www.ska.edu.au/> , hard copies available on request)

*         A presenters' toolkit with slides and notes for speakers (available now upon request)

*         An event evaluation form.


We will advise via the Discover SKA e-newsletter and the website (www.ska.gov.au) as these materials become available. You can subscribe to the e-newsletter at 



Additional resources are also available via the International SKA Program website (www.skatelescope.org)


Background information on Discover SKA


We want all of Australia and New Zealand to know about the SKA and get excited about the possibility of being selected to host the world's largest scientific experiment.


Launching on 1 April, Discover SKA will encompass hundreds of community events across Australia and New Zealand to help raise public awareness of the SKA project and the anzSKA.


This community-based campaign runs from 1 April to 30 June 2011 and involves Australian and New Zealand organisations and community groups banding together to deliver community activities and events in celebration of the world's biggest telescope.


Through media support for many of the events, Discover SKA aims to communicate the global benefits of the SKA to the general public, while building excitement about the possibility of hosting the world's largest scientific experiment.


Discover SKA is being coordinated in Australia by Questacon on behalf of the Department of Innovation, Industry Science & Research, with assistance from CSIRO, ICRAR, Scitech and the WA Department of Commerce. In New Zealand, the National Science & Technology Trust is coordinating community events, with support from the Ministry of Economic Development.


Annie Harris

Discover SKA Coordinator
Questacon - The National Science & Technology Centre
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research
King Edward Terrace, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
PO Box 5322, Kingston ACT 2604, Australia

T +61-2-6270-2875, F +61-2-6270-2808
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