Engage with us
There are many ways to engage with the Department of Physics and Astronomy. As you can see from our events page we run a number of events each year that are open to the wider community.
In addition, we also offer School Outreach Opportunities and Teacher Professional Development Courses, as well as ongoing public events with the Association of Astronomy (Department of Physics and Astronomy) Macquarie University Observatory.
Why not come along and learn more about what we do, and how physics and astronomy affects you?
Ongoing observatory and planetarium public events
Visit the Planetarium – First Thursday of each month
In order to continually improve our offerings we greatly value feedback and insights from the community with regards to outreach.
Why not get in touch with the Department of Physics and Astronomy's. Outreach Team.
Teacher Professional Development
The Department of Physics and Astronomy also offers professional development opportunities for teachers, run in conjunction with the Academy of Continuing Professional Development in Education (ACPDE) here at Macquarie University.
For upcoming courses, visit the ACPDE to find out more.
Our next course is: Teaching Astronomy for Stage 3 on Friday 2 November. Details can be found here.
Hologram – To Absent Friends
School support materials
NSW Syllabus outcomes
Stage 5 Science
- 5.3 evaluates the impact of applications of science on society and the environment
- 5.5 analyses how current research might affect people’s lives
- 5.12 relates the interactions involved in using some common technologies to their underlying scientific principles
- 5.14 undertakes first-hand investigations independently with safety and competence
- 5.15 gathers first-hand data accurately
Stage 6 Engineering
- H1.2 differentiates between properties of materials and justifies the selection of materials, components and processes in engineering
- H2.2 analyses and synthesises engineering applications in specific fields and reports on the importance of these to society
- H4.1 investigates the extent of technological change in engineering
- H4.3 appreciates social, environmental and cultural implications of technological change in engineering and applies them to the analysis of specific problems
- H6.2 demonstrates skills in analysis, synthesis and experimentation related to engineering
Stage 6 Physics – 8.2 The World Communicates
- P1 outlines the historical development of major principles, concepts and ideas in physics
- P3 assesses the impact of particular technological advances on understanding in physics
- P4 describes applications of physics which affect society or the environment
- P5 describes the scientific principles employed in particular areas of research in physics
- P7 describes the effects of energy transfers and energy transformations
- P12 discusses the validity and reliability of data gathered from first-hand investigations and secondary sources
- P14 draws valid conclusions from gathered data and information
- P15 implements strategies to work effectively as an individual or as a member of a team
- P16 demonstrates positive values about, and attitude towards, both the living and nonliving components of the environment, ethical behaviour and a desire for a critical evaluation of the consequences of the applications of science
Stage 6 Senior Science
- H1 discusses advances in scientific understanding and technology that have changed the direction or nature of scientific thinking
- H2 applies the processes that are used to test and validate models, theories and laws, to investigations
- H3 assesses the contribution of scientific advances on the development of technologies
- H4 asses the impacts of applications of science on society and the environment
- H5 describes possible future directions of scientific research
- 9.4 Information Systems 2. Electromagnetic radiation can be modulated to carry different types of information 3. Electromagnetic waves have different properties which are utilised in a range of communication systems through air and space 5. Information can be transmitted in the form of electrical impulses 6. Electrical energy can be converted to light energy for use in optical fibre communication systems