Systems for Looking into Space

Duration: 1 Weeks / 3½ Hours

After the completion of Topic 4 the learners will be able to:

  • Know how scientists find out more information about stars.
  • Discover how lenses and mirrors make telescopes work.
  • Explain the function / uses of a telescope.
  • Learn about the important telescopes in South Africa [e.g. SALT and SKA].

Content and Concepts: Please select a sub-category below

You will need


  • Computer
  • Data Projector
  • Speakers
  • Internet connection

Powerpoints and Photocopies

Available on category pages
  • PowerPoint
  • Worksheets
  • Quiz

School Resources

  • Playground/sports field


  • Binoculars
  • Magnifying glasses [1 per group]
  • Objects [leaves; flowers; toys; etc.]
  • Mirrors
  • Clear glasses
  • Clear glass bottles
  • Water
  • Marker
  • Note cards