Space Education Seminar 2016: “Space Science Workshop for Educators”

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Generally, very little astronomy or space science topics are being taught in current primary school curriculum and it appears only as part of General Science textbook. Same to the secondary school curriculum, astronomy or space science appears only as part of the General Science, Geography and Physics textbook. Teachers do not usually have specialties in educating astronomical or space science topics. General science, for example, covers a lot of science topics, and teachers normally use the very brief information provided in the school textbooks for the preparation of their teaching and learning process in classroom. When teachers do not have the opportunity to explore or participate relevant training courses that provide sufficient and latest teaching material of astronomy or space science, they tend to prepare their classes using only the textbook information that maybe out-dated and fail to convey the excitement generated by modern science topics. Furthermore, astronomy is a science subject that undergoes rapid change. Therefore it would be better to provide teachers with the basics knowledge of astronomy and the latest changes in space science beforehand.

The National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA) and the Curriculum Development Division, Ministry of Education (MOE) has taken the initiative to organize Astronomy Workshop for primary and secondary school teachers annually since 2008. The workshop is organized to provide a platform for local science teachers to enhance their basic knowledge about astronomy and space science topics in relation to the current school curriculum. It is hoping that they would acquire sufficient information to enhance their teaching and learning activities in classroom. Because of insufficient funding, the workshop can only be held at the National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur. This has limiting the number of teachers’ participation especially those located far from the National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur. Therefore not all teachers have the opportunity to attend the workshop particularly those from the eastern region of Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

This project proposal is prepared for the consideration of co-organizers to establish a workshop for teachers with a new title “Space Education Seminar 2016: A Space Science Workshop for Educators” on the 25th to 27th August 2016 at the Planetarium Sultan Iskandar, Kuching, Sarawak. Joint organizers of the workshop include Planetarium Sultan Iskandar as the host organizer, National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Sarawak Education Department (JPN Sarawak) and Sarawak Astronomical Society as the co-organizers.



The Space Education Seminar is proposed to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To promote knowledge of astronomy, space science and technology as well as their application among educators;
  2. To increase awareness and appreciation of educators the important and benefits of space science and technology to humankind;
  3. To enhance educators teaching and learning process using space science educational materials; and
  4. To encourage positive interaction between educators and space scientists for future science education.



The seminar is suggested to be held on the following date and venue:

Date                : 25th – 27th August 2016 (Thursday-Saturday)

Venue             :  Planetarium Sultan Iskandar
  Jalan Taman Budaya
  93000 Kuching
  Sarawak, Malaysia



Targeted group of audiences for the seminar are as followed:


Date    :     25th – 26th August 2016 (Thursday-Friday)

Participants  :    a) 30 local primary school science teachers

 b) 30 local secondary school science teachers


Date    :    27th August 2016 (Saturday)

Participants :     a) 30 local primary school science teachers

 b) 30 local secondary school science teachers

 c) 50 other audiences including students, university lecturers and government officers



Instructors of the seminar are as followed:

  1. Mr. Nozomu Sakuraba      Director of JAXA Space Education Center
  2. Dr. Yukio Shimizu             JAXA
  3. Ms. Mika Hosobata           JAXA
  4. Mr. Yuki Ishida                 JAXA
  5. Mr. Jong Tze Kian             ANGKASA
  6. Instructor(s) from Planetarium Sultan Iskandar



At the end of the seminar, it is expected the following outcome to be achieved:

  1. increase awareness and enhanced understanding among educators, and officials about the important space science and technology and their applications for humankind;
  2. generate interest among educators in addressing space science activities for classroom teaching and learning process; and
  3. enhance educators’ teaching methods particularly in science topics related to space science and astronomy by using space science educational materials to stimulate students’ interest.



a)    Local Organizer


Planetarium Sultan Iskandar (PSI)
& Sarawak Astronomical Society
Mr. Ismandy Ali
Phone   : +6082 251275
Fax        : +6082 415806
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b)    Co-Organizers


i) National Space Agency (ANGKASA)
   Mr. Jong Tze Kian
   Phone : +603 22735484 ext. 121
   Fax     : +603 22735488
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   Ms. Lau Chen Chen
   Phone : +603 22735484 ext. 221
   Fax     : +603 22735488
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   Ms. Nur' Fazilah Binti. Mohamad Hanafiah
   Phone : +603 22735484 ext. 122
   Fax     : +603 22735488
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ii) Sarawak State Education Department
    (JPN Sarawak)
Mr. Mohammad Iskandar Bin Zain
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iii) Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Ms. Mika Hosobata
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0830 – 0900


0900 – 0930

Welcome Remarks by


0930 – 1030

Session 1: Introduction to Space Science and Planetary Exploration

1030 – 1045

Tea Break

1045 – 1145

Session 2: Learning about Night Sky

1145 – 1245

Session 3: Viewing Earth from Space

1245 – 1400


1400 – 1500

Session 4: Hands-on Rocketry

1500 – 1600

Session 5: Hands-on Rocketry

1600 – 1630

Tea Break



DAY 2, 26th AUGUST 2016, Friday

0900 – 1000

Session 6: Build Your Own Sundial

1000 – 1100

Session 7: Solar Observation

1100 – 1200

Session 8: Let’s Make a Hot Air Balloon

1200 – 1445

Lunch and Break

1500 – 1600

Session 9: Astronomy's Who first

1600 - 1630

Tea Break



DAY 3, 27th AUGUST 2016, Saturday

1000 – 1030


1030 – 1130

Special Talk by JAXA

Title: (to be confirmed)


Mr. Nozomu Sakuraba Director

JAXA Space Education Center

1130 – 1230

Closing & Certificates Giving Ceremony

1230 – 1300


1300 – 1345

Planetarium Show



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Latihan Industri

Planetarium Sultan Iskandar, Kementerian Pembangunan Sosial Sarawak menawarkan tempat bagi pelajar-pelajar institut pengajian tinggi untuk menjalankan program latihan industri. Melalui program ini, kami menyediakan peluang kepada pelajar untuk mengaplikasikan apa yang telah dibelajar dan mengembangkan lagi pengetahuan selaras dengan pengalaman semasa bekerja.

Keperluan calon:

  • Rakyat Malaysia yang belajar di institut pengajian tinggi awam atau swasta
  • Pelajar yang belajar dalam bidang-bidang yang berkaitan seperti teknologi maklumat, sains dan sains sosial.

Prosedur permohonan

Pelajar-pelajar yang berminat untuk mengikuti program latihan industri dikehendaki mengemukakan borang-borang berikut;

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Salinan transkrip keputusan terkini
  • Surat permohonan latihan industri yang dikeluarkan oleh pihak universiti


Dokumen permohonan boleh dihantar sama ada dengan menggunakan

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Alamat surat-menyurat

Planetarium Sultan Iskandar
Kementerian Sains, Pendidikan dan Penyelidikan Teknologi
Jalan Taman Budaya
93000 Kuching,

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