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Dark sky education unit

Developed by Dubbo School of Distance Education, the dark sky education unit is a face to face, nine week, cross curriculum package available for all stage three teachers in 2019.

 

Students will discover the impact of light pollution and the importance of maintaining the dark night sky.

 

The dark sky education unit is designed for delivery in a project based learning format and is fully resourced and mapped to the NSW and Australian curriculum.

 

Throughout the unit students will work towards solutions to a driving question.

 

The education unit offers stage three students:

  • an opportunity to make real world connections
  • valuable feedback and constructive advice from experts studying in the field of astronomy, physics and lighting design
  • entry into the 2019 dark sky competition to win prizes and funding for their school (NSW schools only)

Dark sky competition

The dark sky competition is now closed to new entries.

You can sign up for updates on the competition and dark sky using the form below.

NSW schools which deliver the dark sky education unit can enter the dark sky competition.

 

Through the delivery of the dark sky unit students will be working in teams of up to four towards solutions to the driving question, which then becomes their competition entry.

 

Each participating school can submit a maximum of two entries.

 

The competition will be judged by leading experts from the Department of Education, The Department of Planning and Environment and in in the field of astronomy.

 

A breakdown of competition prizes can be found below:

 

First prize

  • $2,500 funding for the school
  • x1 telescope for each student in the winning team
  • x5 astronomy related books, one book for each winning student and the remainder for the school library

 

Second prize

  • $2,000 funding for the school
  • x5 astronomy related books, one book for each winning student and the remainder for the school library

 

Third prize

  • $1,500 funding for the school
  • x5 astronomy related books, one for each winning student and the remainder for the school library

How to get involved

1. Sign up for updates on the competition and dark sky

2. Download the education unit

 

Dark sky education unit

All resources relating to the educational unit including videos, worksheets, posters, assessment rubrics and team documents is available here.

 

For more information on the dark sky education unit, contact Dubbo School of Distance Education.

More information on dark sky

In an ongoing commitment to help protect the dark night sky, we have produced the Dark Sky Planning Guideline.

The guideline provides advice on key lighting principles and controls to help minimise the impact of light pollution.

 

Find out more about how we are helping protect the dark night sky.

Page last updated: 04/04/2019