Kids scan the heavens

Daneka HillNorth West Telegraph
Ariana Gray, 7, and sister Susie, 4, with a telescope brought in by a parent
Camera IconAriana Gray, 7, and sister Susie, 4, with a telescope brought in by a parent Credit: North West Telegraph

Two high-tech telescopes from the Scitech Discovery Centre in Perth were taken to Port Hedland for young stargazers in the Pilbara.

Children from Baler Primary School in Port Hedland were joined by students from Newman, Marble Bar and Nullagine on August 12 for the chance to see craters on the moon, the rings of Saturn and map constellations.

The partly cloudy weather did not deter the hundreds who turned up at the school after dark.

The event was organised by the school’s sole science teacher Lauren Phillips as part of National Science Week and its 2019 theme, destination: moon.

Ms Phillips said the night was all about getting children to look up at the stars.

“It is really important to give these kids opportunities to engage with science outside of the classroom,” she said.

“There is not a lot of opportunities for kids in the Pilbara to do things like this very often; most of them just go straight home after school and that’s it.”

Other activities included playing with moon sand, made from flour and baby oil, and apps, which allowed children to scan the sky for star constellations.

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