WORK EXPERIENCE 2015
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences runs an astronomy focus work experience program. Day one is at the Powerhouse Museum, days two to five are held at Sydney Observatory. School or TAFE students intending to do physics in years 11 and 12 with a strong interest in astronomy and science are encouraged to book into a 5-day work experience program (Day 1 Powerhouse Museum, days 2-6 at Sydney Observatory). This program is in high demand and it is selective based on your enthusiasm to be involved in astronomy and physics at a deeper level. All applications and enquiries must be sent to this email MAAS Volunteer Programs. Students from country schools may need special consideration for dates and we are flexible if this is the case, please state you are in a regional or remote school on your application.
Daytime work experience attendance times: 10am – 4pm.
The program outline below is a guide only and, dependent on the programs or time of year, may change substantially.
Day 1 – Induction at the Powerhouse museum
- On your first day of Work Experience you will come to the Powerhouse Museum site in Ultimo.
- You will be introduced to the Volunteer team working on that day and go on a Highlight Tour of the museum including the Mars lab.
- You will also be taken through a site induction where you will learn about the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the volunteer program and Work Health and Safety protocols
- You will get a glimpse of the inner-workings of the museum with a talk delivered by a staff member who works in departments ‘behind the scenes’, such as registration and conservation.
– Sydney Observatory
- Introduction to Sydney Observatory, facilities, operations and staff.
- Spectroscopy with simple logarithmic exercises
- Satellite reports for night tours
- Galaxy Zoo citizen science
- Learn to ‘drive’ our computer controlled telescope
- The speed of light
- The transit of Venus with moderate trigonometric exercise
- The size of the Universe and the Hubble parameter with moderate mathematics.
- Finalise previous work and complete school / TAFE paperwork. (Note we do not do any follow-up paperwork after you have left Sydney Observatory so you must bring any evaluation forms with you during the week)
How to apply
Please note that applications are to only be sent to processed as quickly as possible, but it can take up to two weeks. All enquiries are taken by the Volunteer Centre preferably by email or phone (02)9217 0676. All applications must be sent to this email MAAS Volunteer Programs.
To participate in work experience, please email MAAS Volunteer Programs (email@example.com) with:
- Your name, school, year, careers advisor’s name and school’s fax number or email address
- The subjects you intend to study in Year 11 (Physics is preferable)
- The date of the particular week you’re after
- A brief statement of why you should be granted a position at Sydney Observatory. This may include, but not be limited to, what astronomical experiences you have had or are planning
- Shown below are two poster images from a successful marketing campaign based on some complex astronomical ideas. While some people did not know what the science was about, they liked the campaign. In a few sentences, explain what you think is the science underlying the slogans in the pictures.