Scubayorp STEM Outreach uses a computerised, Dobsonian telescope and a stretched lycra 'gravity well' to observe sky targets and demonstrate spacetime to clients. Audience-appropriate language is used to enthral and engage with otherwise difficult concepts and to view amazing celestial targets. Space science and astronomy are merged and attendees are encouraged by the hands-on nature of the equipment and the fascinating relevance of Einsteinian physics supplemented by telescope operation. Learning and laughing to remove the stigma of these areas of knowledge.
The pic shows the setup at a recent foreshore event. My two pieces of equipment are a 14" diameter, computerised telescope and a 1.8 m diameter 'gravity well' demonstrator. We typically marry space science and astronomy by discussing spacetime, orbits and light with the gravity well and compliment the discussion with viewings of stars, moons, planets and nebulae through the telescope.
Attendees are encouraged to experiment with the gravity well by rolling billiard balls around a heavy mass (~black hole) placed in the centre of the suspended lycra sheet. This leads to all sorts of discussion and questions about the nature of gravity and how satellites (natural and man-made) orbit and how light travels. Einsteinian physics without them even knowing it!
Our qualifications and experience range from applied biology to space science, astronomy and science teaching. This enables us to field questions about, and describe in lay terms, a range of natural science concepts.
Our pricing philosophy is based on "ability to pay" and we are happy to negotiate around a reasonable fee. Talk to us