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Decorated cut-out SKA dishes Front cover of The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob Decorated cut-out SKA dishes MIssion MeerKAT cartoon no.1

The SKA Organisation is eager for science enthusiasts of all ages to engage with the project, and to have fun in the process!

Why not make your own SKA dish – or a whole array – using the template below? Or scroll down to find out more about SKA Africa’s Mission MeerKAT comic book.

 

Cut Out SKA Dish

The SKA mid frequency dishes will adorn the South African desert regions, combining to make the largest telescope ever constructed, the Square Kilometre Array.

Here you can cut out and make your own model of the SKA, perfect for classroom activities. By making multiple telescopes, you can work out the best way to arrange them to maximise the amount of signal they can collect.

Download the dish template PDF here and print on thin card.

SKA DISH template

Simply follow the instructions that are next to the printed image to help you build and keep your personal piece of the SKA.

Now imagine thousands of these spread across the desert, each 15m in diameter!

 

Mission MeerKAT and Cosmic Adventures

SKA Africa’s Mission MeerKAT cartoon explains how radio astronomy works and why the SKA and its precursor telescope MeerKAT are being built in South Africa’s Karoo region. The colourful comic book format is designed to engage children and their families in the story of the SKA and MeerKAT.

Check out the adventures of inquisitive school girl Hannah, young astronomer Naledi and their animal friends (including an actual meerkat) as they learn more about the SKA! Download the comics on the SKA Africa website [external link].

The SKA also features in The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob, alongside its precursor in Western Australia, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). Join Alice and Bob on an exciting journey of invention and discovery, and learn about true stories of scientific breakthroughs, including how student Jocelyn Bell discovered the first pulsar!

Produced by CAASTRO, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics, the comic book communicates ideas about science, research, innovation, and astronomy to primary school children. Educators can find teaching notes on the CAASTRO website.

Mission MeerKAT centres on schoolgirl Hannah as she learns more about the SKA, alongside a meerkat and a bat-eared fox, both creatures found in the Karoo. (Mission MeerKAT by Jive Media is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License)

Front cover of The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob

The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob includes true stories of scientific breakthroughs (Credit: CAASTRO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shot of a page from The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob

The SKA also makes an appearance in The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob, alongside precursor telescope MWA! (Credit: CAASTRO)

 

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