Earth Science Week 2007

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(14-20 October)

National activities

Geologi Short Film Competition - Closed

Geoscience Australia invites Australian secondary school students to participate in Earth Science Week 2007 by producing a short film with an "Earth Science" theme and entering the Geologi Short Film competition [PDF 170KB]. Proudly sponsored by National Geographic Channel Australia.

Prizes include a GPS (Global Positioning System), mineral specimens, DVDs and books.

Registration is required by Tuesday 31 July 2007
Competition entries must be received by Friday 31 August 2007

International Year of Planet Earth student contest - Closed

Students from 18 to 22 years of age are invited to participate in the International Year of Planet Earth student contest [PDF 25KB]. Participants must produce an original work in writing (English or French) such as, an article, an essay or a poem. The work must relate to the general IYPE theme 'Earth Science for Society', or to any of the ten IYPE Themes. This IYPE Student Contest gives a rare opportunity for students to take part in this interesting international event.

Careers in Geoscience - Closed


Activities by State

ACT | NSW | SA | WA | VIC | QLD

ACT

Questacon

Natural disasters explored

Questacon natural disasters show

Date: Sunday 14 October - Saturday 20 October 2007
Time: 9am - 5pm Monday - Sunday. Call for session times
Location: Questacon Building; King Edward Terrace, Canberra (between the High Court and National Library of Australia)
Event description: The what, when, where and how of Natural Disasters including earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes and extreme asteroid impacts
Contact person: Call Jane for session times on (02) 62702858

Awesome Earth- The Power and Beauty

Date: Sunday 14 October - Saturday 20 October 2007
Time: Permanent exhibition, open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm
Location: Questacon Building; King Edward Terrace, Canberra (between the High Court and National Library of Australia)
Event description: Awesome Earth is a fun gallery with hands on exhibits about convection currents, weather prediction, seismometers, tsunami, cyclones, earthquakes and building and preparing for natural disasters. Experience the earthquake house or caged Lightning exhibits, explore lava samples or calculate the epicentre of an Australian earthquake.
Contact person: (02) 6270 2893 (Group bookings)

Australian National Botanical Gardens

Time: Various activities, bookings essential
Location: Clunies Ross Street, Black Mountain, Canberra
Event description: Take a look at the water and bush plant education programs - suitable for children from Classes 3-12.
Contact person: For more information, please visit the Australian National Botanical Gardens website


NSW

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - Earth Science Week half price entry

Date: Saturday 13 October - Sunday 21 October 2007Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
Time: Museum open 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday and 10am -2pm Sunday
Location: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the Somerville Collection, 224 Howick Street, Bathurst
Cost: 1/2 price entry to celebrate Earth Science Week. (Half price entry: $4 adult, $3 concession, $2 child, $10 family)
Event description: Explore the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
Contact person: Penny Packham, (02) 63315511 Bookings essential

Earth Science Week Curator's Tour

Date and Time:
Saturday 13 October 2007, 1pm
Wednesday 17 October 2007, 1pm
Friday 19 October 2007, 1pm
Location: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the Somerville Collection, 224 Howick Street, Bathurst
Cost: Free after Museum admission
Event description: Museum highlights tour with Professor Warren Somerville to celebrate Earth Science Week
Contact person: Penny Packham, (02) 63315511 Bookings essential

Bridges to Science Learning

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2007
Time: To be confirmed
Location: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the Somerville Collection, 224 Howick Street, Bathurst
Cost: $10
Event description: Earth Science Week function and museum tour for local school teachers
Contact person: Penny Packham, (02) 63315511 Bookings essential

Rockasaurus

Date: Friday 12 October 2007
Time: 11am
Location: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the Somerville Collection, 224 Howick Street, Bathurst
Cost:$10
Event decription: Have you ever wanted to have your own pet dinosaur? How about a pet dinosaur rock instead? Create a rockasaurus or dinosaur egg to keep. It won't eat much!
Contact person: Penny Packham, 02 63315511 Bookings essential

We came from slime

Date: Thursday 11 October 2007
Time: 11am
Location: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the Somerville Collection, 224 Howick Street, Bathurst
Cost: $10
Event description: Did we really come from slime? Explore slime to see what we can find out
Contact person: Penny Packham, 02 63315511 Bookings essential

Torchlight Tour

Date: Thursday 11 October
Time: 7pm
Location: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the Somerville Collection, 224 Howick Street, Bathurst
Cost: $10 adult, $8 concession, $5 child, $25 family
Event description: It's dark, it's eerie. There are three dinosaurs in the building and you are armed with only a torch. Come to the Museum at night! It's an experience you will never forget.
Contact person: Penny Packham, 02 63315511 Bookings essential

Erupting Volcano

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2007
Time: 11am
Location: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the Somerville Collection, 224 Howick Street, Bathurst
Cost: $10
Event description: Build your own mini volcano. Recreate an eruption.
Contact person: Penny Packham, 02 63315511 Bookings essential

Wellington Caves - the birthplace of Australian palaeontology

Date: Saturday 29 September 2007
Time: 11am
Location: Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the Somerville Collection, 224 Howick Street, Bathurst
Event description: Public lecture - Mike Augee will provide a fascinating insight into the history of Wellington Caves, from early explorations by George Rankin and Major Thomas Mitchell to his own recent discoveries.
Contact person: Penny Packham, 02 63315511 Bookings essential


SA

Geoscience Pathways - A valuable resource for teachers, students and community members looking to expand their earth science knowledge.


WA

Earth and Environmental student day

Date: Friday 19 October 2007
Time: All day
Location: University of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology
Event description: Hands-on activities. Year 11 EES students only.
Contact: (08) 6436 8685, call Louisa Walker

Rocks to Rockets

Date: 15 to 19 October 2007
Time: 1 to 1.5 hour sessions in school hours
Location: CSIRO Laboratory at Scitech, West Perth
Cost: $4.50 - $5.50
Event description: Hands-on laboratory sessions for students in Years 4 to 8. An earth science program that explores the mining process from exploration through to the properties of minerals. Program linked to the curriculum.
Contact: (08) 9215 0740, Bookings essential

The Science Below

Date: 14 to 20 October 2007
Time: Guided tours provided
Location: Caveworks, Lake Cave, Margaret River
Event description: Displays, activities and presentations - contact for more details.
Contact: (08) 9757 7411, Bookings essential


VIC

Council Trench Reserve, Victoria

Triassic Park Open Day

Date: Sunday 14 October - Saturday 20 October 2007
Time:10.30 am to noon
Location: Council Trench Reserve, Tramway Lane Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.
Event description: Come along and enjoy an introduction to the recently installed geology and flora/fauna information panels, hear discussions on plant fossils found around the park and walk to the summit of the park to have the distant views described.
Contact person: Roger Pierson (03) 9251 7191 during business hours

Guided Walk on Werribee Gorge State Park River Track

Date: Sunday 14 October
Time:10.00am, 2.00pm - Registration is essential as places are limited
Location:The starting point is Meikles Point Picnic Ground Werribee Gorge State Park, off Myers Road.
Event description: This walk takes about one hour with stops for talks on geology, plants and history.
Contact person: Bob Reid (03) 5367 2462

Centenary of the declaration of Werribee Gorge as a Public Park

Date: Saturday 20 October
Time: from 1.30 pm
Location: Werribee Gorge State Park Quarry Picnic Area
Event description: Hear about Gorge geology, history and the new Centenary Track. Guided walks will follow afternoon tea.
Contact person: Bob Reid (03) 5367 2462


QLD

Grunt - Mining memories

Date: 14 October 2007
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Sir James Foots Building (Level 1), University of Queensland, St Lucia
Cost: FREE
Event description: Experience the machinery, mines and memories of the Bowen Basin in the 1970's. A photographic exhibition.

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