Edition 4 - November 2012
Education Centre Updates is Geoscience Australia’s newsletter for teachers in Australian schools. It is designed to keep you informed of recent developments in geoscience, teacher resources, upcoming events, and competitions for school pupils.
Geoscience Australia is a world leader in providing first class geoscientific information and knowledge which enables government and community to make informed decisions about the exploitation of resources; the management of the environment; the safety of critical infrastructure; and the resultant wellbeing of all Australians.
Magnetic estimates open new horizons
Magnetism data of the landscapes taken from the air, in combination with new software, will allow scientists and researchers to obtain a greater understanding of the thickness of sediments over basement rocks. This is important if those rocks contain valuable mineral resources. Read more.
Earth Science Week activities
Earth Science Week kept the Education Centre busy during the month of October. Held between 14 – 20 October, we had four events ranging from the awarding of the Geologi Short Film Competition to our Edible Earth Science Bake-Off, and a Careers Expo for local high schools here in the Canberra region.
And the winners of the 2012 Geologi are:Primary Category (Year K-6)
If you held any activities to recognise Earth Science Week, please email the details to us for inclusion on our website.
Resources for Educators
Downloadable classroom postersThe British Geological Survey have created a range of posters on volcanoes and plate tectonics, perfect for the Primary School classroom. Colourful diagrams combined with simple text. Read more.
Melbourne MuseumThe Melbourne Museum has a number of permanent exhibitions on topics such as dinosaurs, the 600 million year old history of Victoria, and one display dedicated to gold nuggets, giant crystals and uncut diamonds.
To accompany the physical exhibition, Dynamic Earth, Melbourne Museum has a comprehensive website. Listen to scientists talking about our changing earth and our relationship with it.
Upper High School
Live geology lectures online – senior secondary
The plenary sessions from the International Geological Congress back in August are now available to watch online. The theme of the conference was “Unearthing our Past and Future – Resourcing Tomorrow”, focussing on how geosciences will meet the needs for minerals, energy and water in years to come.
Big ideas of Earth Science
American Geosciences Institute now offers award-winning videos and other electronic resources to help students, educators, and others explore the “big ideas” of Earth science during Earth Science Week 2012 (October 14-20) and all year long. AGI’s Big Ideas videos recently won three prestigious awards: Digital Video (DV) Winner in Education, DV Winner in Nature/Wildlife, and Videographer Award of Excellence.
The Earth Science Week website provides related resources. Educators can find dozens of classroom activities to help students build understanding of the “big ideas” online.
A fabulous resource for all earth science teachers is the GeoEdLink e-newsletter. Packed with recent news, relevant events in your area and articles from professional scientists, it’s a must-save.
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