Edition 1 - May 2012
Welcome to the first edition of Education Centre Updates - Geoscience Australia's newsletter for teachers in Australian schools. It is designed to keep you informed of our latest science results, upcoming events, and school competitions.
Our Education Centre at Geoscience Australia is an ideal school excursion destination. It provides hands-on activities for school-aged audiences and highlights geoscience as an interesting and relevant part of our lives. As well as general school programs, we can tailor programs to develop an excursion that suits your curriculum needs. The Education Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and is FREE of charge.
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Feature story - The Long and Winding Murray River
Paleoseismology is the study of prehistoric earthquakes, especially their timing, location and size. For people living around the Murray River, such information is being gathered to understand the history of earthquakes in their region in order to help mitigate the effects of potential future earthquakes. Read more..
Competitions for you and your students!
Resources for EducatorsVideos and digital interactives
You may have been watching "The Time Traveller's Guide" on ABC, an amazing documentary, tracking Australia's geological history in an easy-to-understand format. But did you know there is a website to accompany the show? The site has an interactive timeline with illustrative full-colour images and explanations, plus short educational high-def videos. The best part is that it's Australian made and narrated.Classroom activities
Ever had trouble finding great experiments to do with your kids? Try Earth Learning Idea. This site has activities ranging from how to weigh a dinosaur to plate tectonics, groundwater, and mapping, as well as detailed material for teachers.Meet'n'greet a Geologist
Join your local Geological Society of Australia division. These groups of both amateur and professional geologists often run talks and other events for the public. Each division has its own flavour, so make sure you check out their websites.
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