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Exploring Habitable Worlds – Online workshop

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Praxical is a new learning initiative creating online workshops where everyone can actively engage in the scientific process.

For National Science Week this year Praxical is collaborating with the Australian Centre for Astrobiology. Together we are creating a fully online, self-led workshop about the search for life on other planets. During the workshop you will get the opportunity to engage in the scientific data and skills used by astrobiologists and astronomers to search for life in the universe.

In this workshop, you’ll learn what scientists tools scientists use when looking for alien worlds and use a NASA JPL planet simulator to explore how planet and star characteristics affect the planetary conditions needed for life. You will also explore planets that break these rules, and how scientists search for “life as we don't know it”.

This Problem Based Learning (PBL) style workshop will give you the opportunity to work on the data yourself, coming up with your own scientific conclusions, rather than just passively consuming information. Designed to be fully online and self-led, we’ll give you everything you need to participate in the workshop.

These workshops are suitable for audiences in year 9 or 10, or for anyone who has left school and is interested in re-engaging in science. The workshops are separated into modules, with the whole workshop being able to be completed in approximately 1 hour, or it can be broken up and done over a longer timeframe.

Note for teachers

When registering for the event, please indicate that you are interested in using this in the classroom. We can then contact you with more information about how our workshops are self-led, syllabus directed, flexible and perfect for either the classroom or for assigned independent learning.

This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.