Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry Richard Marles launched the SKA education website at Swinburne University of Technology's Hawthorn campus. The event also included a public lecture on the international SKA program by Professor Richard Schilizzi, SKA Program Development Office Director.
Parliamentary Secretary Marles said while the website is aimed at school aged children, especially those who are considering further studies in astronomy, it is really designed for the world.
Parliamentary Secretary Marles also said he hoped that by the time the SKA project is complete in 2020, school children that visit the site may be inspired to follow careers in astronomy or perhaps decide to work on the SKA itself.
“This new site will generate a great deal of interest in the SKA. It features resources for teachers and downloadable content and will be a valuable education tool dedicated to Australian space and astronomy,” Mr Marles said.
The new interactive website, developed by Questacon, Australia’s national science outreach centre, can be found at http://www.ska.edu.au.