- The competition is open to senior phase science educators resident in South Africa, currently teaching grade 7 – 9 Natural Science in public or private schools. For the purposes of the competition “educator” means schoolteacher, trainer, coach, mentor, tutor.
- The main objective is to develop tours (fulfilling certain criteria – please see below) using WWT. These tours are to be developed on topics specified in the National Curriculum Statement for Grades 7 – 9. Please see list of topics below.
- It further aims to provide shared resources for use by learners and educators in the classroom.
- Hands-on workshops will be conducted in Observatory, Cape Town in September and October (dates provided in the registration form).
- Contest ends 31 October 2014.
- Install WWT from WorldWide Telescope Website or from the DVD to be distributed at the workshops to be held in Cape Town.
- Choose a theme from those listed below.
- Research the topic.
- Develop an interactive tour using the criteria below.
- The theme must be chosen from the list below.
- The tour must be interactive.
- The tour must ask at least 5 questions and, if you wish, provide answers to them.
- The size of the tour must be no more than 10MB.
- The tour must be in .wtt format.
- Tour must include the following details: Author Name, Tour Title and Tour Description
- Only 1 tour may be submitted per educator.
- Tours must be scientifically correct. All these tours will be made available online for download, once approved.
- Upload the tour on or before 31 October 2014.
- Only upload the .wwt format with size no more than 10MB.
- All tours will be checked for correctness. Once submitted and checked, tours will be made available online for download by others.
- Upload instructions will be posted shortly.
- Paid trip for 2 to Sutherland in the Northern Cape – including 2 nights accommodation and meals.
- Trip includes a tour of The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and stargazing (weather permitting).
- The prize covers transport from Cape Town to Sutherland and back. Own arrangements need to be made to get to Observatory, Cape Town.
- Date: this to be determined with the prize winner.
1. Moon phases (for the southern hemisphere)
4. Sun-Earth system
5. Sun-Earth-Moon system
6. Earth-Moon system
7. Our Solar System
8. Life cycle of stars (Our Sun)
9. Birth of a star
10. Death of a star
11. Extra-solar planets
12. Milky Way Galaxy
13. Beyond the Milky Way
14. The moon
15. Surface of Mars
16. Planet Earth
17. Constellations – Orion, The Southern Cross
Should you feel there are other themes that need to be included, please forward your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can participate in Worldwide Telescope Tour Competition?
Grade 7 – 9 educator (schoolteacher, trainer, coach, mentor, tutor) resident in South Africa and teaching Natural Science at a public or private South African school
Do I need to attend a workshop?
No, this is not necessary.
How will a tour be judged?
The educational and quality value of the tour will be judged.
Can I submit multiple tours
No, only 1 tour per educator.
What software tools will I need?
WorldWide Telescope (WWT) software freely available at http://www.worldwidetelescope.com.
How can I find out who won?
The winner will be made known on this website.
When will the winner be notified?
By 30 November 2014
What is the prize?
A trip for 2 from Cape Town to Sutherland. Includes 2 nights accommodation meals.
What if I live outside Cape Town?
You would need to make your own arrangement to get to Observatory, Cape Town. This will be at your cost.