Space Education - Visits for schools and other learning groups
A trip to Te Awamutu Space Centre is an experience your students won't forget. The venue is full of interesting displays and interactive activities to fire the imagination for all ages (including adults). It's truly immersive and children are always eager to share what they find and learn. You'll probably hear them talking about it long after they have returned to school.
Schools travel from around the Waikato and even farther to visit us. It's worth the effort!
How it Works
We recommend allowing at least two hours for your visit. The exact format is flexible but it normally works like this...
- PART 1: Presentation
Dave Owen (AKA "Space Dave") delivers an audio-visual presentation that usually lasts between 40 minutes and an hour. This includes time for audience participation and questions.
- PART 2: Exploration
At least one hour of exploration and activities, during which students look at the displays, try interactive activities and complete paper-based challenges (quizzes, etc).
You can take a break at any stage for a run around outside, have some food, etc.
Numbers: We prefer working with groups of between 25 and 40 students, however we can accommodate up to 100 students at a time.
- For groups larger than 50 students we'll need to split them into two groups. One group will have the presentation while the other does the exploration, then after an hour they swap over.
- If you have fewer than 20 students, please consider combining your visit with another class or group (we may be able to help organise this).
Cost: We understand that not all schools can afford the same prices so our charges are flexible. We need to average $5 per student so we'd be very grateful if you could pay this amount. However, we don't want anyone to miss out due to lack of funds so if you have a special case, we'll accommodate you for whatever donation you can scrape together. We only ask that you are honest about it.
We have a minimum charge of $75 (equivalent to 15 students) but again, if you genuinely can't afford this, let us know and we'll sort something out.
Teachers and adult helpers are free, with one caveat: If you plan to bring more adults than the ratios below, please ask them to consider making a donation.
Health & Safety: We recommend the following adult/student ratios:
- Preschool: 1/4
- Year 0 - 6: 1/5
- Year 7 - 8: 1/7
- Year 9+: 1/15
Preparing for your trip: Once you've made your booking please read our page about preparing for your visit.
More information and bookings: Please contact us.
"Totally recommend this to all you teachers out there... Our kids love Spaceman Dave."
- Kim Tautari-Scott, Teacher, Te Awamutu Primary School
"The passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge that Dave had when speaking about the Solar System had students spellbound. They were full of questions and wanting more. He is an outstanding educator who instills a passion for learning."
- Tracy Ellis, Teacher, Te Awamutu Intermediate
We can cover various topics but in almost all cases we strongly recommend the "Introduction to Space" presentation. Even if you've already covered the topics in this presentation, we can go into more detail and expand. Only choose one of the other topics if you specifically want to learn only about that thing.
|Introduction to Space||A basic introduction that starts by introducing the Solar System, galaxies and the Universe. We then finish with a quick look at spaceflight and what it's like to be an astronaut.||Year 3 - 13||
|The Solar System||A more detailed tour of the solar system including the Sun, planets, moons, comets and asteroids.||Year 1 - 13||
|Space Exploration||See what it's like to live and work in space, how things work in micro-gravity, and much more.||Preschool - Year 13||
|Matariki: Culture & Astronomy||This talk can cover Māori traditions of Matariki and/or other related topics. For example, If you're already covering Matariki at school it might be more useful for us to talk about other aspects such as how the Matariki/Pleiades star cluster has influenced world mythology and culture over the ages and why it is so interesting to modern astronomers.||Year 3 - 13||
|Advanced Classes||Run special sessions for your advanced students. With smaller groups of suitable students we can explore subjects in more depth as well as providing hands-on activities.||Year 3 - 13||