Ausgeo News December 2006 Issue No. 84
Earth Science Week 2006 promoted the theme of ‘Citizen’s Science’ to encourage everyone to learn about the contribution that earth sciences make to the wellbeing of our society and environment.
This year Geoscience Australia offered two competitions for primary and secondary schools in the Canberra region to encourage children to find out more about earth science and the work of geoscientists.
Primary school students exhibited their creative talents in an art competition ‘When I grow up I want to be a geoscientist’ whilst secondary school students were asked to discuss Sir Douglas Mawson’s geoscientific contributions to Australia.
The winning students were presented with a gold or silver medallion and other prizes by Special Minister of State, the Hon.Gary Nairn MP, during a visit to Geoscience Australia’s Canberra headquarters headquarters on 13 October. Each participating school also received a book on earth science for their library as a commemorative gift.
Earth Science Week is an international event held in October each year which provides an opportunity for everyone involved in the earth sciences to share the significance of their work with the broader community.
Geoscience Australia has been the national coordinator of Earth Science Week events in Australia since 1999. It continues to promote the week, encourage participation and raise awareness about the diversity of careers within the earth sciences.