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20151207 - Dreamtime Astronomy - 07 December 2015 - 10:00 - Stream 1

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Dreamtime Astronomy


Classifications: Enabled, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences


Presenter: Sydney Observatory staff

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Date: 07 December 2015

Start Time: 10:00

End Time: 11:00

Duration: 1 hour

Closing Date: Bookings Close 30-Nov-15

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 1

Non-DEC Positions: 1

Price: $110 per class / RAM equity schools $55 per class. (Additional cost of Learning Materials: $10 per learner)

KLA Syllabus: Primary

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KLA Keyword/s: Kamilaroi, Euahlayi, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Dreamtime, astronomy


Event Overview: Learners will experience the living cultural astronomy of the Kamilaroi / Euahlayi (NSW) peoples and be inspired by the images and lore found in the night sky. Dreamtime stories including those about Warambul (The Milky Way) and Yaraan or Gulabah (The Southern Cross) demonstrate a deep understanding and relationship with the sky that is shared across Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A highly recommended option is to purchase and pre-assemble a colourful planisphere (rotating star map) which includes Western and Indigenous community star wheels for the learners to keep. These greatly enhance participation during the video conference and are used to explore the night sky, compare different sky lore. Two planisphere star wheels, cover, split pin and instructions are available at an extra cost of $10 per learner including postage and are sent two weeks ahead of the booking.

The astronomical software ‘Stellarium’ used during the video conference can be downloaded for FREE to be used for follow up activities. As of April 2015 it includes one Indigenous plug-in for the ‘Boorong’ community of North-Western Victoria. More are being developed for other communities and will be available shortly.

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The principal of the school has received permission for each participating student to be photographed and for their image and voice to be recorded.
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