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Create a solar system

Workshop overview

Year level 9-10
Capacity 16-32 students. If you want to bring more students, email stem.schools@qut.edu.au
When School days: Monday-Friday
Duration Half day
Where QUT Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre
Cost Free

Workshop details

Students learn about astrophysics, the life-cycle of stars, the H-R diagram, and habitable zones using our solar system as a guide.

Using AstroGrav software, they select a star, calculate the 'Goldilocks Zone' and then populate it with planets, moons and comets to create a new solar system. Then they present this to the class and pitch why theirs is the one that humans should relocate to.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • astrophysics
  • technology.

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You can request a booking for one of these options:

You can also add a 30-minute interactive experience at The Cube to your visit.

All bookings are subject to availability of university spaces and presenters

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Curriculum links

Year 9

Science

  • Plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data; assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods (ACSIS165)

Technology

  • Analyse and visualise data to create information and address complex problems, and model processes, entities and their relationships using structured data (ACTDIP037)

Year 10

Science

  • The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems, and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe (ACSSU188)
  • The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (ACSSU229)
  • Advances in scientific understanding often rely on technological advances and are often linked to scientific discoveries (ACSHE192)

Technology

  • Analyse and visualise data to create information and address complex problems, and model processes, entities and their relationships using structured data (ACTDIP037)

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International students

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(within Australia)

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(outside Australia)

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