Students yell "Eureka"

05 January 2007


Senior secondary science students will apply advanced exploration techniques in the search for gold when they visit Geoscience Australia as part of this year's National Youth Science Forum.

This workshop will provide opportunities for team-work that demonstrates how the diverse disciplines of geoscience are used together in the exploration for gold. During the half-day workshop, students will use real data from the goldfields of WA and conduct hands-on laboratory work to assist in their search.

The students will also meet and work with some of Geoscience Australia's newest staff members who have been recruited through the organisation's Graduate Recruitment Program. This Program, along with a recently introduced Cadetship Scheme within which several ANU students will be supported through their studies and provided with paid employment, are designed to address the challenges of skills supply in key science areas.

WHEN:
2:15 - 4:30pm Monday 8 January 2007

WHERE:
Geoscience Australia, Corner Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston (entry from Jerrabomberra Ave)

  • See students piece together information from rock samples, maps and geophysical data to locate new mineral deposits.
  • See how rock samples are analysed in the laboratory to determine their geochemical and geophysical properties.
  • Talk to scientists about the latest technologies and research being applied in Australia in the search for new mineral deposits.
  • Talk with scientists about why they have chosen interesting careers in science.
  • Visit Geoscience Australia's Education Centre.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013