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This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I would describe myself best as a passionate amateur astronomer with 26 years experience (as at 2016) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities.

Paul Floyd and planetarium ready to present planetarium sessions at the first (2016) Canberra Space Camp.

Paul Floyd and planetarium ready to present planetarium sessions at the first (2016) Canberra Space Camp.

Contact details

Email: paul.floyd@nightskyonline.info

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Professional background

I am a primary school teacher with an active interest (and experience) in the teaching of science and technology in Primary schools. This includes the use of the Australian Academy of Science’s Primary Connections units. I trained as a ‘Primary Connections Facilitator’ with the Australian Academy of Science in October 2010. Where possible, I provide astronomy experiences for the school students I work with (such as organising star nights or daytime visits in a planetarium). I am also able to visit other ACT Public Schools with the portable planetarium currently in my care. For more information on this opportunity, go to the Canberra Portable Planetarium website.

I am currently completing a Masters of Science Education part time.

April 2012: I have just finished a simulated walk on Mars at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre.

I have just finished a simulated walk on Mars at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. April 2012

World Wide Web Outreach

As of January 2016, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for nineteen years. This website was originally established in January 1997 to provide astronomy information to schools I visited through a business called Southern Star Education. The website (originally hosted at www.ozskywatch.com) was rated 9/10 by New Scientist magazine in November 2002. The site was moved to its current URL in October 2008.

January 2016: I have just started experimenting with software defined radio astronomy. The antenna (bottom) is designed to work at 21 Mhz to collect radio waves from the Sun.

I have just started experimenting with software defined radio astronomy. The antenna (bottom image) is designed to work at 21 Mhz to collect radio waves from Jupiter and the Sun. January 2016

In March 2015, this site was archived by Pandora (Australia’s web archive). This occurred thanks to the State Library of Queensland nominating the site as a Queensland ‘website of lasting significance’. This is particularly exciting for me as I feel it is recognition for the effort that I have put into creating original content to go on the site. It means that the educational resources I have created will be freely available to schools and community groups into the indefinite future (and long after I cease paying to host the site!).

Other Astronomy Education Activities

For six years and a half years, I operated an education service in South East Queensland (trading as Southern Star Education – now closed) providing portable planetarium programmes to over 31,000 school and adult participants (1993 – 2000). The service visited schools from the Gold Coast through Brisbane through to the Sunshine Coast. As part of my promotional activities for this now closed business, I initiated the running of Australia’s first astronomy education conference (in conjunction with the Brisbane Astronomical Society) targeting primary and secondary teachers in 1994. This conference eventually became the Queensland Astronomy Education Conference and was convened seven times between 1994 and 2012. An article summarising the 1994 – 2012 history of  the Queensland Astronomy Education Conference can be downloaded here: QAEC_article (PDF file format).

My current ‘other’ astronomy education and outreach activities are available via the below links.

TheCanberraStarman.com website
2017 ACT Astronomy and Space Science Education Conference
Canberra Portable Planetarium
Cosmic Stars 2016 Public Schools Astronomy Meeting Series @ Giralang Primary School
(Proposed) Australian Astronomy and Astronautics Education Organisation

 

 

 

Copyright information

This website has been created by Paul Floyd from material produced by a variety of organisations and individuals as well as original material produced by Paul Floyd.

Material produced by organisations and individuals are clearly labelled as such. In some cases, some material has been released into the public domain and that organisation retains no copyright over that material (NASA is the prime example of this). Please contact me if I am incorrectly displaying material on this site and/or without the original authors permission, and I will remove it if required.

I am slowly adding a range of educational resources to my website. The majority of this material is being published under a Creative Commons licence which allows it to be freely reproduced in its entirety for non-commercial purposes. If that material is not labelled with a Creative Commons symbol and licence information, then it may not be reproduced without explicit written permission from me.

Disclaimer

Unless otherwise stated, the views represented on this site are those of the authors (Paul Floyd) only. They do not represent the views of my current or any future employer.