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20160224 - Dreamtime Astronomy - 24 February 2016 - 10:00 - Stream 2

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Dreamtime Astronomy


Classifications: Enabled, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences



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Date: 24 February 2016

Start Time: 10:00

End Time: 11:00

Duration: 60 Minutes

Closing Date: Bookings Close

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 1

Non-DEC Positions: 1

Price: $110 per class. (Additional cost of Learning Materials: $5 per learner)

KLA Syllabus: Primary

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Event Overview: Learners will experience the living cultural astronomy of the Kamilaroi / Euahlayi or the Boorong Clan of the Wergaia (Vic) peoples and be inspired by the images and lore found in the night sky. Dreamtime stories including those about Warambul (The Milky Way: Kamilaroi/Euahlayi) and Yaraan or Gulabah (The Southern Cross: Kamilaroi/Euahlayi) and the Nurrumbunguttias (Old spirits whose campfire smoke became the Milky Way: Boorong), 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 set (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 $5 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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Additional Booking Instructions: It's easy to book your excursion in three steps:

1. BOOK: Click the 'Book Excursion' button below and complete the online form.

2. CONFIRM: We will email you a booking confirmation and tax invoice for payment. Please check that all your details are correct, sign and return the form to us to confirm your booking.

3. PAY: Full program payment must be received at least five (5) days prior to the excursion or your booking will automatically be cancelled.

Further Information: If you would like to request an alternate date and time, please contact book@maas.museumn or on (02) 9217 0222.

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