Earth Science Week 2010


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(10-17 October)

National activities

Geologi Short Film Competition

The Geologi Short Film competition 2010 is hosted by Geoscience Australia along with the Australian Science Teachers Association and invites all school aged groups, individuals or classes to submit an Earth science film based on the theme 'exploring energy' in one of three age divisions:

  • Primary
  • Years 7-10
  • Years 11-12

For more information and tips about the Geologi10 competition, download the Geologi10 information sheet [PDF 475KB] and Entry form [PDF 194KB].

Please note the competition for 2010 is closed.  If you are interested in entering the 2011 Geologi short film competition, email to express your interest and we will send you further information.

Top GeoShot

Earth science is all around us. It influences our lives on a daily basis, and many of us barely notice it.
Geoscience Australia is looking for a collection of ‘Top GeoShots’ to display throughout Earth Science Week. Who better to create those images than you? So get out there, explore and don’t forget your camera! Take an image that captures the essence of earth science in Australia.

Email your entry to by 4 October 2010 along with a completed entry form [PDF 66KB] and you could see your image featured in Geoscience Australia’s public foyer in Canberra, throughout Earth Science Week and Open Day.

Winning entries will be displayed at Geoscience Australia throughout Earth Science Week and winners will receive a professionally framed enlargement of their image.

Submit an Earth Science Week event

To submit an event to this year's Earth Science Week activities page contact Make sure you include details of the event, location and a contact number.

Activities by State

 ACT |  WA |  NSW |  SA |  TAS


Geoscience Australia Open Day - 17 October

To close Earth Science Week, Geoscience Australia will be holding its annual Open Day. All members of the community are invited to attend the 2010 Open Day and experience some of the work that goes on in the organisation. The day will include science talks, a children's program with gold panning as well as a variety of science and career displays to explore.

When: Sunday 17 October

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Geoscience Australia, cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr, Symonston, ACT.

Geologi 2010 Awards Ceremony - 17 October

See the winning films from Geoscience Australia's Geologi short film competition. Entries were invited from schools all over Australia for short films based on the Earth Science Week theme of 'Exploring Energy'. The official awards ceremony will be held during Open Day to showcase highlights from the competition and screen the winning films. This is a cinematic experience not to be missed!

When: Sunday 17 October
Time: 2pm
Location: Geoscience Australia, cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr, Symonston, ACT.


Earth’s everyday essentials – minerals we can’t do without

What does toothpaste look like before it is squeezed into a plastic tube?
If you don’t know, come and look at the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum industrial minerals display, which features some common (and some not-so-common) industrial minerals mined in Western Australia. The minerals showcased are used to make everyday products, without which our 21st century lifestyle would not be possible!

When: Open throughout Earth Science Week (10 -17 October)
Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Mineral House,100 Plain Street, East Perth, WA

Earth Science WA

All students in Western Australian schools are encouraged to prepare an A4-sized poster on "Exploring Energy in Western Australia" and send it to Earth Science WA by Monday 25 October so we can judge the best submissions. Remember to use lots of colour and think carefully about different aspects of the Earth Science week topis 'Exploring Energy'.

Students can win prizes for themselves and their schools including: books, construction toys, safety vests, hand lenses, posters and more. One lucky school will win a guided EES field trip across the Swan Coastal Plain with all transportation and guide costs covered. Each entry must have the student's name, grade, school and teacher's contact details on the back (so we know where to send the prizes!).

The staff at ESWA are getting excited about seeing these wonderful posters come in!


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

Date: 11 October - 17 October 2010
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: $8.50 adult, $6.50 concession, $4.50 child, $21 family
Event description: Explore the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. Mention Earth Science Week for this offer.
Contact: Penny Packham, (02) 63315511

Australian Museum

Geology Rocks Drawing competition

To celebrate International Earth Science Week and to raise awareness of the wonderful world of all things geologic, the Australian Museum is holding its annual drawing competition – Geology Rocks! International Earth science week aims to engage students in discovering the Earth sciences, remind people that Earth science is all around us and to motivate geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth.

The competition is open to amateur illustrators and has four entry categories: Infants school, Primary school, Secondary school and Open (18 years and over). Entry costs just $15 per school and $15 per open entry. Winners in each category will receive a voucher for $50 to spend in the Australian Museum Shop and have their work displayed at the Australian Museum as well as on the Australian Museum website. You can still view 2009 winning entries online.

How will the illustrations be judged?

  • Aesthetics
  • Composition
  • Interesting aspect/interpretation of geology
  • High standard for age

How to enter

To download an entry form and for further information on terms and conditions of entry go to:

Any questions

If you have any further questions, please contact the competition organiser, Melissa Murray on 9320 6481 or email

Museum Discoveries workshop
The Australian Museum conducts workshops each month and in celebration of International Earth Science Week the theme will be Explosive geology- Volcanoes and Meteorites. Fascinated by volcanoes and meteorites? Come along to this fabulous workshop and find out about the Earth, its layers and how they move. Find out how volcanoes and meteorites affect us mere mortals, participate in experiments, and get to touch a real meteorites and volcanic specimens from the museums collection.

Ages: 5-8 years
When: 28 & 29 September, 5, 6, 16 & 17 October
Time: 3-4 pm
Cost: Members $18, non-Members $20 (per child after general Museum entry)
Bookings essential: 02 9320 6448

Yarrangobilly Caves

Come and celebrate Earth Science Week at one of nature's wonders, located at the northern end of the Kosciuszko National Park.

The Yarrangobilly Caves are some of the most spectacular limestone caverns in Australia. These caves showcase stunning natural decorations, including delicate straws and shawls, grand columns, underground pools, and extensive chambers. Guided and self-guided tours are available daily.

South Glory Cave

  • Self Guided
  • Moderate Fitness Level
  • Open 9am - 4pm

Jillabenan Cave

  • Easy Grade
  • Guided Tours at 11am and 3pm (45min tour)

Jersey Cave

  • Moderate Fitness Level
  • Guided Tour at 1pm daily (1.5 hr tour)

You can also visit and swim in the natural thermal pool which is 27° all year round (open day light hours). So bring your bathers!!

Tickets are required for all cave visits and are available from the Visitors' Centre.
Open: 9am to 5pm Daily
Location: Yarrangobilly Caves Kosciuszko National Park,Snowy Mountains Highway (approximately 88km for Tumut, 110km from Cooma).



3D glasses and spectacular minerals!

South Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing

The South Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing has teamed up with the South Australian Museum to produce an Earth Science learning experience that allows students to use 3D glasses and advanced computing facilities to see beneath the Earth and into space, as well as look at the spectacular mineral collections at the museum.

Special conditions apply, so please ring 82077429 for details. Programs cost $100 + GST per class of up to 30 students for use of the computing facilities at the nearby SAPAC facility.

Book your class into our 3D experience as a motivational introduction to a unit on the Earth or Space.


600 million years: Victoria Evolves at Melbourne Museum

This exhibition brings the story of Victoria’s evolution to life through animation, animatronics, models, rocks, fossils and multimedia interactives. Over millions of years Victoria has moved from the tropics to the Antarctic circle and now to the temperate zone. It has been shaped by periods of volcanic activity and major climate shifts.

600 Million Years: Victoria evolves is now showing in the Science and Life Gallery at Melbourne Museum. Visit What's On for more events at Melbourne Museum.

Melbourne Planetarium at Science Works

Lay back and enjoy the wonders of astronomy in a comfortable environment regardless of the time of day or the weather! The Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks offers shows daily, with topics ranging from black holes to our living climate. The Melbourne Planetarium is located at Scienceworks, just 5 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.


Wild Cave Tours

Wild Cave Tours and the Mole Creek Caving Club have conducted cave and karst educational experiences since 1989 at Mole Creek, northern Tasmania.

Join us on Sunday afternoon, 10th October, at Mole Creek for an easy grade experience in this large and scenic karst landscape, including in a wild (undeveloped) cave.

Seeing this fascinating environment and discussing aspects with experts will be fun and interesting. For starters, topics may include caves and climate change, karst hydrogeology, specialised fauna, fossils and environmental chemical processes of limestone. Examples in and about the caves demonstrate the sciences.

Bookings are essential, minimum age 14 years, a small charge may apply for use of helmets with fixed electric lights.
Please email for information, bookings and directions.

Topic contact: Last updated: October 4, 2013