St Joseph’s School Northam meet the Prof

St Joseph’s School Northam meet the Prof

Last month, Mr Gargano and the students at St Joseph’s School, Northam, hosted Professor Phil Bland, Doctor Gretchen Benedix and Jay Ridgewell from the Fireballs team.

Crater Making - Jessie Osboine, Aberdeen Abel, Danielle Lucy, Leilani Dunkerton, Georgia Pankiw

Crater Making – Jessie Osboine, Aberdeen Abel, Danielle Lucy, Leilani Dunkerton, Georgia Pankiw

We were excited to meet one of our participating schools in the program and share with them the science and wonder of meteors and meteorite study.

Phil talked to the year 7s, 8s, 9s and 10s about the Desert Fireball Network, the Fireballs in the Sky app and what it’s like to be meteorite researcher – including trips to Antarctica and how to find meteorites. Each year group is studying Earth and Space science in a different capacity and Mr Gargano was keen for everyone to get the most out of the visit.

Fireball in the classroom - Gretchen, Phil, Emma O'Driscoll, Stephanie Ryan, Keely Rule and Meg Lawrence

Fireball in the classroom – Gretchen, Phil, Emma O’Driscoll, Stephanie Ryan, Keely Rule and Meg Lawrence

Students had fun getting hands on with meteorite dissections, triangulations, making craters and holding real meteorites.

Professor Phil Bland describes the DFN cameras at St Joseph's School

Professor Phil Bland describes the DFN cameras at St Joseph’s School

Thanks for having us St Joseph’s, keep watching the skies!

Crater making - Jessie Osboine, Mackenzie Rak, Abbie Nuich, Tomas Malinowski, Belinda Johnson, Tia Hunt, Leilani Dunkerton

Crater making – Jessie Osboine, Mackenzie Rak, Abbie Nuich, Tomas Malinowski, Belinda Johnson, Tia Hunt, Leilani Dunkerton

If your regional school is interested in hosting a camera for the Desert Fireball Network or in having a visit from the Fireballs team, please contact fireballs@curtin.edu.au

 For a list of other participating schools, see our partners page.

To access our free educational resources, see our activities and experiments page. 

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