Year 12 Physics Visit the Sydney Observatory
On Tuesday the 16th of February, the Year 12 Physics class went on an excursion to the Sydney Observatory: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences. This trip aimed to further expand and solidify student’s own knowledge and understanding on one of the most powerful concepts in science: Einstein’s special theory of Relativity.
Dr Paul Payne, the main host and lecturer of the event, explained and addressed various key elements to assist students to fully grasp Albert Einstein’s complicated theory. This was cleverly done through an impressive 3D animation presentation that was both simultaneously engaging and informative. Dr Paul Payne also included a Q&A at the end of his presentation where he answered numerous questions from students to consolidate any further, perhaps, misunderstandings in the student’s topic: Space. Students also had the opportunity to see a ‘research-grade computerised telescope’ that can trace the ‘evolutionary path of stars’. Though, because of the sudden influx of clouds on the day, stars were not easily spotted. However, students were fortunate enough to have a quick glimpse of a rather clear view of the ‘Commonwealth star’, that was on the Australian flag, that was on top of the Harbour Bridge.
It was an overall exciting and worthy experience. Thanks to Mrs Hamama, the class was able to learn more about Relativity, and the chance to explore the many fields in Science. It really was a great learning experience for the whole of 2016 Year 12 Physics class.
Mimi Ho and Tran (Mai) Nguyen.