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Year levels:

Level 7, Level 8

Orion rising in the night sky

Inquiry-based learning questions

This activity is a part of the Digital technology and managing Indigenous astronomical knowledge resource.

Orion Rising. Photographer: Peter Lieverdink. Source: Flickr. License: CC BY-SA 2.0 

These inquiry-based questions are provided for flexible classroom use, allowing teachers to tailor discussion and reflections specific to their classroom needs

Inquiry questions

  • How can Indigenous astronomical knowledge be visualised in a digital environment? 

  • How can different digital technologies be used together to teach and learn about Indigenous astronomical knowledge? 

  • How can these technologies be used to help reconstruct astronomical knowledge that was fragmented or damaged by colonisation? 

  • What policies should be developed and protocols implemented to properly manage this information in digital environments? 

Related activities within this resources:

Scorpius featuring Mars and Saturn in the night sky

What is Stellarium?

Discover Stellarium, a digital planetarium that offers a vivid depiction of the night sky worldwide, showcasing the celestial dance of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars in real-time.

Orion rising in the night sky

Activity 1 - Examining traditional astronomy using Stellarium

In this activity, students will explore traditional astronomy using Stellarium, selecting the Kamilaroi/Euahlayi culture to understand celestial objects and their significance.

Suggested timing:

30-45 minutes

Orion rising in the night sky

Activity 2 - Reconstructing fragmented knowledge using Stellarium

In this activity, students will use Stellarium to identify stars from Aboriginal traditions, including "Parna," a star used by the Kaurna people in Adelaide to predict autumn rains, incorporating climate data to determine its Western identity.

Suggested timing:

30-45 minutes

Orion rising in the night sky

Activity 3 - Learning about the UNDRIP document

Within this activity students will engage with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People adolescent reading version to understand the importance of this document and Australia as signatory of it.

Suggested timing:

One or two lesssons

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