SCHOOL DAY VISIT – WEATHER
Sydney Observatory is open for booked school visits Monday to Friday during school terms. Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 tours last for 60 to 90 minutes by prior negotiation with teachers. Stage 2 and up last for 105 minutes. Each visit consists of:
1. ‘Observing the weather’ exhibition visit led by Observatory staff. Exhibition features include:
a. What was the weather on your birthday interactive
b. Tipping bucket rain gauge interactive
c. Make a cloud interactive
d. Historic anemometers, barometers, sun gauge, and Australia’s first weather map displays.
e. Learning how to read weather maps
2. Data collection of some or all of the following using our equipment supervised by Observatory staff. Don’t forget a pencil!
b. Barometric pressure
c. Wet and dry temperature to calculate relative humidity
d. Wind speed
e. Cloud type and cover
f. The ultraviolet index
3. 3-D Space Theatre presentation including:
a. Animated High and Low pressure systems
b. Storm warnings including volcanic activity
c. A virtual visit to the Bureau of Meteorology Instrument Lawn
d. Key weather dates such as February 7th 2009 in which hot winds from central Australia caused devastating fires in Victoria
If time permits, we will lead a short visit to the nearby Bureau of Meteorology instrument lawn approximately 50 metres away. This significant historic site is still one of the prime locations for the remote collection of weather data for the Bureau. Instruments include:
a. Stevenson screen for temperature and humidity measurements
b. Pluviographs for rainfall
c. Rain gauge for rainfall
d. Tipping bucket rain gauge for rainfall
It also provides an opportunity to view the nearby illuminated barometer atop Westpac Place on Kent Street.
Solar viewing. If time and weather permit, we will look at the Sun, the Solar System’s powerhouse, with our filtered telescopes.
|Session times||10am to 11.45amnoon to 1.45pm|
|Cost||$10 per studentTeachers are free|
|Supervision||Minimum of one teacher per 20 students|
|Group size||Maximum of 60 students plus 3 adults(larger groups from regional areas or interstate can be accommodated)|
How to arrange a visit
Please consider several dates before making your booking in case your first preference has already been taken.
To make a booking call 9921 3485 or 9921 3481 (8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday) and one of our friendly staff will assist you.
Please ensure your have the following information ready:
• Name of school, address, telephone, fax and email details
• Number of students and class year
• Preferred time of arrival and departure (allow for travel time)
• Number of supervisors according to the following ratios: minimum of one teacher per 20 students
• Any students with special needs
• The best way and time to contact you if a return call is necessary
Once a date is confirmed, you will receive a booking confirmation form. Please check that all booking details are correct and that you agree to the conditions, then sign and return the form.
Arrival time: Please ensure your group arrives with sufficient time prior to the start of the tour in order to use the facilities as it is impossible to complete all the activities in less than 105 minutes. We are unable to accommodate late arrivals as we cannot adjust the starting times of other tours and groups. We thank you for your cooperation. Should you need to contact us on the day of the visit, please call 0411 239 341.