Astronomy and Space Science
Astronomy is recognized in many countries as providing one of the most effective opportunities for inspiring youth to study physics, chemistry and maths, a valuable preparation for citizens of an increasingly technical society. (Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. 17 June, 2004)
Trinity College was the first school in the Southern Hemisphere to have its own Robotic Telescope. The College has developed a state-of-the-art remote telescope facility that students can log on to from home and drive over the Internet. First is the “wow” factor of ownership of personal celestial images, but then students use these images to do real science. Digital astronomical images are incredibly amenable to analysis with a laptop and suitable software.
“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another” -
The Space Science aspect of the astronomy curriculum has students building rockets which are launched with the assistance of the Perth Advanced Rocketry Association and payloads are sent to near space via helium weather balloons. Students also have the opportunity of joining the Astronomy Club which offers many opportunities to expand scientific knowledge.
There is an Astronomy Scholarship available to students in Years 11 and 12 and we have a very good relationship with the International Space School in the USA and usually send one or two boys there each year to represent Australia. This is an inspiring opportunity for a student who has aspirations to work in an Astronomy related career.