Sep 19

WORLD SPACE WEEK: Meet the Mars robots

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Join the Mars Lab team at the Powerhouse Museum and meet the Mars Lab’s robotic experimental Mars rovers. See these impressive robots in action on the Museum’s re-creation of the surface of Mars and find out why robots are used in space exploration.

Then, have your students try their hand at driving the Mars Lab’s robotic rovers remotely from your classroom over the internet!

This is a free video conference event
hosted by the Powerhouse Museum
9:00 – 10.00 am (EST) Wednesday 8 October 2014
Bookings Close 8 October 2014
BOOK NOW at dartconnections.org.au

Sep 19

WORLD SPACE WEEK: Mars Mission 5

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TAKE YOUR STUDENTS ON A MISSION TO MARS!

In this exciting 2 PART virtual excursion workshop, your students get the unique opportunity to drive a robotic rover via a web browser from your classroom across the Mars Yard (a re-creation of the surface of Mars) located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Led by the Mars Lab team via video conference, your students will explore the various landforms and features of the Martian surface to examine Mars’ history, geological evolution and potential evidence of past habitable environments. During the excursion your students will:
– work collaboratively to plan their mission using a mapping application
– practice driving the rover using a virtual simulation
– work collaboratively to drive the rover to sites of interest on the Mars Yard
– take photographs of sites of interest using the rover’s camera

The program focuses on collaboration, planning, observation and scientific investigation.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Part 1| Introduction to Mars exploration and the Mars Lab (45 minutes) – Oct 8 at 9:30AM
Part 2| The mission (90 minutes) – TBD (Please book PART 2 by calling 02 9217 0349)

Part 1| Introduction to Mars exploration and the Mars Lab (45 minutes)

Via video conference, the Mars Lab team in Sydney will introduce your class to Mars exploration and the Mars Mission 5 activity. They will explain how the class will prepare for their Mars Mission.

Part 2| The mission (90 minutes)

The mission is the highlight of the session where mission teams get to drive the real robot rover and to play 5 different operational roles that will contribute to the class’ successful completion of the mission. Students will use the rover to capture images of features and landforms associated with their ‘clues’ for later analysis.

*For a more detailed outline of the program, please visit the Mars Lab website at: http://www.themarslab.org/unit/mars-mission-5/

This is a free video conference event
hosted by the Powerhouse Museum
9:30 – 10.15 am (EST) Wednesday 8 October 2014
Bookings Close 3 October 2014
BOOK NOW at dartconnections.org.au

Sep 03

History Week FREE Video Conferences

The State Library of NSW and the National Maritime Museum are offering a selection of FREE video conferences for Stage 2-6 students as part of History Week from 6-14 September.  These virtual excursions will cover topics including migration, art in the trenches of World War 1, diaries from World War 1 and content curation in museum/library spaces, and provide a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with curators and other experts in the field of History.

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State Library of NSW History Week VC

Life Interrupted: WW1 Exhibition Curation with Curator Elise Edmonds

Monday 8 September 2014, 12:45pm-1:15pm, Stage 5 & 6

How is public history created and conveyed and what methodology is employed to do this? Join Elise Edmonds, curator of our latest exhibition ‘Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from WWI’ for this special History Week VC and explore these questions with your Senior History students.

Sketches from the Trenches with Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 12pm-12.30pm, Stage 5 & 6

In December 1916 Australia’s first war artist was commissioned and Lieutenant William Dyson joined Australian troops on the Western Front. His drawings provide a unique insight into the conflict.
In this interactive video conference Richard Neville, the Mitchell Librarian will showcase images created by William Dyson and reveal the man behind the pencil.

A Collection in a Suitcase with Manager of Learning Services Megan Perry

Thursday 11 September 2014, 10am-10.30am, Stage 2 & 3

The State Library of NSW has more than 5 million collection items, but how do these collections come to the State Library? In this special exclusive history week video conference Megan Perry, Manager, Learning Services, will reveal the contents of a suitcase containing items from World War I and 2, recently received by Learning Services. Join us as Megan unpacks this treasure trove of memorabilia and help us uncover the details of this intriguing collection.

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Unlock Migration with Curator Kim Tao

10 and 11 September 10am-10.45am, Stage 3, 4 & 5

With ANMM unlocked series, go behind the scenes at the museum and direct to our experts.
For History Week in September we offer the opportunity to go behind the scenes as Migration History curator Kim Tao discusses the role of a curator, the process taken for the collection of artefacts and how the stories are told. Kim will use artefacts from the collection that reflect migration stories.

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Aug 27

Meet NASA’S Dr Abigail Allwood

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Australian NASA scientist Dr Abigail Allwood is now one of 7 principal science investigators in NASA’s next mission to the red planet … the 2020 Mars mission. Abby is the first woman and first Australian to be given the prestigious role.

Abby is a field geologist with a strong interest in the oldest record of life on Earth. Eight years ago while doing her PhD at Sydney’s Macquarie University she proved that billion-year-old stromatolites (layered rock formations made by tiny microbes) in the Pilbara region (of WA) held records of Earth’s oldest microbial life forms. Abby thinks that the patterns of microbial life in the Pilbara could also have happened on Mars. Abby designed a new technology known as PIXL (Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry) which analyses very small, grain-sized portions of rocks to look for traces of organic material. She is now the Principal Investigator for PIXL which will be mounted on the robotic arm of the next Mars Rover in 2020 to examine the rocks on Mars and look evidence of early microbial life forms like the ones found in the Pilbara.

Abby will join us live from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to chat with young people and share her inspirational story as a young Australian who dreamt of working for NASA, the path that lead her to her incredible career and her exciting work on NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 mission. This is a unique opportunity for your students to ask questions and discuss ideas with
a home-grown NASA scientist.

This is a free video conference event
hosted by the Powerhouse Museum
Australian leading mars 2020 mission: meet NASA’s Abby Allwood
9:30 – 10.30 am (EST) Wednesday 10 September 2014
BOOK NOW at dartconnections.org.au

Aug 18

Powerhouse Museum Special Videoconferencing Event

Science Show with Ruben Meerman

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Calling NSW rural and regional schools to join us for this exclusive opportunity to keep up the scientific fun even after National Science Week!  

Enjoy a science show presented by Ruben Meerman, ABC’s Surfing Scientist as a part of this year’s Ultimo Science Festival.

His awesome performance covers all kinds of science and uses the amazing effects of liquid nitrogen in combination with more ordinary materials to demonstrate scientific phenomena we experience every day. Students are always mesmerised by bubbling beakers, fizzing fluids and spooky fog … while learning real science.

Ruben’s energetic style, clear explanations and playful humour are so entertaining yet at the same time he can ignite people’s natural curiosity … while blasting outdated “scientist” stereotypes right out of the water!

The Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman, has been promoting science on television, radio, at public events and in schools for more than fifteen years. He has appeared on ABC television programs including Catalyst, Sleek Geeks, Studio 3, Roller Coaster, The Experimentals and as the resident scientist on Play School.

Ruben will be available to answer questions after the show so come prepared to pick his brain!

When: Wednesday September 3

Time: 10am-11am

Cost: $60 per class

Ages: Stages 2-3, Years 3-6

BOOK HERE

Aug 06

Royal Botanic Gardens Term 3 Video Conferences

Interactive Learning – Term 3 Program

We are excited to offer these upcoming video conferences live from The Australian PlantBank – our award winning science and conservation facility at The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
Our passionate educators are keen to share their broad knowledge of plants, sustainability, conservation and habitats with your students.

Seed Stories

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Overview

  • Discover more about seeds and their journeys through PlantBank – where they are researched or propagated or stored to protect and preserve them for the future.
  • Learn about plant life cycles and seed dispersal (helicopters, gliders, floaters and hitchhikers).

When: Friday 25 July 2014

Time: 11.30 am

 

Sustainable Gardens

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Overview

  • Find out more about sustainable gardening practices for your school garden, and explore the intriguing world of plants.
  • Our Botanic Garden educator will guide students through activities to encourage sustainable practices in the garden.

When: Friday 1 August 2014

Times: 10:30 am -11.15 am and 11.30 am -12.15 pm

Registration: 10.30 am or 11.30 am

 

Fantastic Fungi SCIFEST

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Overview

  • Explore the important world of fungi with scientists from The Royal Botanic Garden and The Australian PlantBank.
  • Find out how fungi fit into the foodchain and their important role in ecosystems.

When: Friday 8 August 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 1 pm
Registration

 

Aboriginal use of Plants

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Overview

  • Learn how plants have been used by Aboriginal people for food, medicine, tools and weapons.
  • Students will learn how to identify and understand several native plants and their uses.
  • Students will gain an appreciation of Aboriginal perspectives in relation to sustainability and bush care

When: Friday 29 August 2014
Time: 11.30 am -12.15 pm and 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm
Registration
Cost: $3 per head

 

Plant Classification (Year 7-8)

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Overview

  • Living World SC4-14LW Biology.
  • Classifying 5 plant groups – identifying and comparing structural differences between plants.

When: Friday 5 September 2014
Time: 10:30 am -11:30 am and 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm
Registration: 10.30 am or 1.30 pm
Cost: $3 per head

 

Threatened Species Day – Wollemi Pine

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Overview

  • Let’s celebrate the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the Wollemi pine.!
  • Science staff from PlantBank will talk about some of their exciting conservation projects, working to to save Australian plant species.

When: Monday 8 September 2014
Time:12:00 pm – 1 pm
Registration

 

Pollination (Year 11 Biology)

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Overview

  • Expanding on the Australian Biota (Biology topic), explore the structural features of Australian plants and how their flowers are pollinated.
  • This Video Conference is an essential extension of Australian Biota excursions at The Royal Botanic Gardens.

When: Friday 12 September 2014
Time: 10.30 am – 11.30am and 1:30 pm – 2.30 pm
Registration: 10.30 am or 1.30 pm
Cost: $3 per head

 

Jul 25

ACMI DreamWorks Animation Videoconference Series

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Bring DreamWorks Animation and ACMI Education into your classroom!

This four session videoconference series explores the creative process of animation. Each interactive session allows teachers and students to step behind the scenes of the exhibition and DreamWorks Animation films.

Students will hear from DreamWorks Animation creatives live from the US as well as Australian artists and experts. Of special mention is Doug Cooper, DreamWorks Animation VFX Supervisor (Session 1) and Kendal Cronkite, DreamWorks Animation Production Designer (Session 3). Schools can also link up with and meet other classes.

Each session focuses on a specific aspect of the animation process. The sessions are ideal to enhance your onsite visit to ACMI, or to support schools who find it difficult to engage in our onsite workshops.
Session 1: The Creation of Worlds
Tues 5 Aug 10am – 10.45pm

Session 2: The Power of Sound and SFX
Tues 5 Aug 2.15pm – 3.00 pm

Session 3: Character Design
Wed 6 Aug 10am – 10.45pm

Session 4: Story Development
Wed 6 Aug 2.15pm – 3.00 pm

 

Duration: 45 mins
$25 per session per connection
Suitable for students from Years 5-12.
> Book a Videoconference

Jul 13

SciFest 2014

It is time to start planning for SciFest and National Science Week. The SciFest video conferencing festival is on 4 – 8 August and provides a great lead in to National Science Week 16 – 24 August.  Join in with SciFest and National Science Week to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of science.

SciFest showcases science across Australia

SciFest provides an opportunity for your students to connect with exciting science, experts and experiments without leaving your classroom. There will be a variety of activities for students and teachers across the 5 day video conferencing festival. This means there will be something to interest every student.

 

Monday 4 August

SciFest – Museum Secretes Revealed

This video conference provides a glimpse behind the scenes of Australia’s oldest natural history Museum.

Time: 10am

SciFest – Minibeast Magnified

Minibeasts Magnified explores the exciting and diverse world of invertebrates. Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates and why they are important.

Time: 11am

SciFest: Liquid Nitrogen Show – Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases

Find out how solids, liquids and gases change when rapidly heated and cooled. Smash a squash ball! Shrink a balloon instantly! What happens to living things if they are frozen?

Time: 12.00pm

SciFest – Geology Rocks

The Video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. There will be explosive experiments demonstrated including the step by step exploration of the different phases of a volcanic eruption.

Time: 12.30pm

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Minibeasts Magnified explores the exciting and diverse world of invertebrates. Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates and why they are important.

Time: 2pm

SciFest: Liquid Nitrogen Show – Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases

Find out how solids, liquids and gases change when rapidly heated and cooled. Smash a squash ball! Shrink a balloon instantly! What happens to living things if they are frozen?

Time: 2.00pm

 

Tuesday 5 August

SciFest: Transport: Past & Present

Have you ever wondered what types of transport zoomed around our streets, railways and skies before motor cars, electric trains and planes? Join the Powerhouse Museum with Finn, their 20th Century transport enthusiast, as he transports you back in time to Sydney in the early 1900s.

Time: 10am

SciFest: Sustainable Solutions Workshop

Put on your eco-designer thinking caps and take part in this hands-on workshop! Learn about ecological footprints and what it means to be sustainable.

Time: 11.30am

SciFest – ANMM Unlocked: Unlock Conservation

With Australian National Maritime Museum unlocked series, go behind the scenes at the museum and direct to our experts. Meet conservator Rebecca Dallwitz who will discuss conservation practices at the museum.

Time: 11.30am

SciFest – Meet the Experts

The Australian Museum is bringing our scientists to you! This is your chance to come face to face with an Australian Museum scientist and ask your questions

Time: 2pm

SciFest: K – 2 Science in Art

Explore chemistry in colourful art creations you can make in your class!
Your class participates in a number of activities as a series of group activities run in class during the video conference.

Time: 2pm

 

Wednesday 6 August

SciFest: For Good Measure: Fun with measurement and standards

What do ‘Peter Piper’ and ‘Jack and Jill’ nursery rhymes have to do with maths and measurement? What are gills, bushels, pecks and the smoot? Find out in this special hands-on maths video conference!

Time: 10am

SciFest – ANMM Unlocked: Unlock Conservation

With Australian National Maritime Museum unlocked series, go behind the scenes at the museum and direct to our experts. Meet conservator Rebecca Dallwitz who will discuss conservation practices at the museum.

Time: 10am

SciFest – Meet the Experts

The Australian Museum is bringing our scientists to you! This is your chance to come face to face with an Australian Museum scientist and ask your questions

Time: 2pm

Scifest: 4 Slimes in 30 minutes – Kitchen Chemistry fun!

4 slimes in 30 minutes…. how could you go wrong! Join Fizzics Education for SciFest as we dive into kitchen chemistry in this fun yet educational workshop

Time: 2pm

 

Thursday 7 August

SciFest: Stars and Planets

Students investigate our Universe and space exploration techniques in this hands-on workshop. What did the big bang really look like? How are the tides formed? Where is Earth in the Solar System?

Time: 9.30am

SciFest – ANMM Unlocked: Unlock Conservation

With Australian National Maritime Museum unlocked series, go behind the scenes at the museum and direct to our experts. Meet conservator Rebecca Dallwitz who will discuss conservation practices at the museum.

Time: 2pm

SciFest – Meet the Experts

The Australian Museum is bringing our scientists to you! This is your chance to come face to face with an Australian Museum scientist and ask your questions

Time: 2pm

Scifest: 4 Slimes in 30 minutes – Kitchen Chemistry fun!

4 slimes in 30 minutes…. how could you go wrong! Join Fizzics Education for SciFest as we dive into kitchen chemistry in this fun yet educational workshop

Time: 2pm

 

Friday 8 August

SciFest – Weather and Pressure

What is air pressure? Why are low and high pressure areas important? How are clouds formed? What is our atmosphere made of anyway?

Time: 9.30am

SciFest – Museum Secretes Revealed

This video conference provides a glimpse behind the scenes of Australia’s oldest natural history Museum.

Time: 10am

SciFest – Minibeast Magnified

Minibeasts Magnified explores the exciting and diverse world of invertebrates. Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates and why they are important.

Time: 11am

SciFest – Weather and Pressure

What is air pressure? Why are low and high pressure areas important? How are clouds formed? What is our atmosphere made of anyway?

Time: 11.30am

SciFest – Fantastic Fungi

Join our Royal Botanic Garden research scientist and explore the important world of fungi from The Royal Botanic Garden and The Australian PlantBank.

Time: 12 noon

SciFest – Geology Rocks

The Video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. There will be explosive experiments demonstrated including the step by step exploration of the different phases of a volcanic eruption.

Time: 12.30pm

SciFest – Minibeast Magnigfied

Minibeasts Magnified explores the exciting and diverse world of invertebrates. Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates and why they are important.

Time: 2pm

SciFest – Weather and Pressure

What is air pressure? Why are low and high pressure areas important? How are clouds formed? What is our atmosphere made of anyway?

Time: 2pm

 

Bookings and topics are available at DART connections. Simply search SciFest to see all the exciting events from organisations across Australia.

 

SciFest event is proudly supported by Virtual Excursions Australia

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Jul 07

Mapping with Matthew Flinders

The map of Australia and many of our place names are the work of Matthew Flinders but how well do we know this important explorer? Come on a journey of discovery with the State Library of NSW as we commemorate 200 years since his death.

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The State Library collection encompasses many of Matthew Flinders personal possessions, including his chess set, sword and miniature writing box.  See some of these treasures up close as we circumnavigate Australia with the great explorer and his cat Trim in this one hour, free video conference.

a082001rWe’ll retrace his journey and hunt for treasure along the way in this interactive experience on 24 July.  Bookings through DART Connections.

 

Jul 07

Art Around the Library

Come behind the scenes and explore the amazing pictures collection at the State Library of NSW in this 5 part video conference series. Inspire your inner artist in these five, hour long interactive sessions. Each experience examines a different artwork from the collection, followed by a hands-on workshop where your students will create artworks using different techniques including perspective drawing, painitng, collage and 3D modelling to build their observational and art-making skills.

DSC_6045_webBook for one session or for all five, and best of all, it’s FREE! Pre and post visit notes complete the experience and outline curriculum links, and we encourage you to use this as a springboard for further art-making adventures: one school recently held an art exhibition in their hall for parents and students, showcasing all the artworks produced by their students during this VC series.

According to teachers who have participated, Art Around the Library is ‘a great way to easily get experts into your school’ and ‘a great way to bring history to life’. The next series will run on Tuesdays beginning week 2, Term 3. Bookings can be made at DART Connections.

 

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