As part of the Big Idea Earth, Year 9 have been looking at all things space. They started looking at resources closer to home, then at our atmosphere, and then proceeded to go beyond and even interstellar! We have been looking at the make up of different galaxies and how these are a collection of billions of stars. The students were taken aback when they discovered the sheer scale of the universe and the vast amount of stars. There are approximately 10,000 stars for every grain of sand!
As part of this unit, we looked at how stars are born and the nuclear reaction that takes place inside them, fusing together hydrogen to form all the elements in the periodic table. So when people say we are made of star dust, there is some truth to it! We studied the life cycle of stars, from their birth to their ultimate (but spectacular) deaths and supernovas. As part of the lessons, I asked them to create a poster to show the life cycle of a star. They all took on the challenge with enthusiasm and produced some outstanding pieces of work – we even got a painted canvas! Great work, Year 9!