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(14-20 October)

Geologi Short Film Competition - Closed

The Geologi Short Film competition 2012 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 'Geology and you' in one of three age divisions:

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

Winners will be announced in a special ceremony at Geoscience Australia on Wednesday 17 October 2012.

For more information and tips about the Geologi Short Film Competition, go to The Geologi Short Film competition 2012 or email education@ga.gov.au.

Top GeoShot Photographic Competition – Closing date 22 September

Geoscience Australia is looking for a collection of 'Top GeoShots' to display throughout Earth Science Week.

The image can be anything from an unusual land formation, a link to our dynamic planet or even your favourite landscape. Be as creative as you like when choosing subject matter as Earth science is all around us and we interact with it everyday. So get out there, explore and take an image that captures the essence of earth science in Australia.

For more information, go to the 'Top Geoshot' webpage. Email your entry to education@ga.gov.au by 22 September 2012 along with a completed entry form and you could see your image featured in Geoscience Australia's public foyer in Canberra, throughout Earth Science Week.

Winning entries will be announced and 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

When submitting your Earth Science Week event make sure you include details of the event, location and a contact number and submit to: education@ga.gov.au.


Activities by State

ACT | WA | VIC | NSW | QLD

ACT

Top GeoShot Photographic Competition – Closing date 22 September

Geoscience Australia is looking for a collection of 'Top GeoShots' to display throughout Earth Science Week. The image can be anything from an unusual land formation, a link to our dynamic planet or even your favourite landscape.

For more information on the photo competition, please visit the Top GeoShot webpage or contact the Geoscience Australia Education Team on 02 6249 9673 or education@ga.gov.au.

Winning entries will be announced during Earth Science Week.



Careers Expo

If you are in Years 9 – 12 or currently studying at university, come along and speak to our scientists about their career paths and day-to day responsibilities and discover the diverse range of careers in the Earth Sciences.

Geoscience Australia will be holding a Careers Expo on Thursday, 18 October from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at its headquarters, corner Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT

For more information on the Careers Expo, please contact the Geoscience Australia Education Team on 02 6249 9673 or education@ga.gov.au. Bookings are essential.



National Dinosaur Museum

Australia’s Prehistory at Night

National Dinosaur Museum is conducting a special night session focusing on the Australian content. The 45 minute session will allow visitors to learn about Australia’s dinosaur, Muttaburrasaurus and provide the opportunity to see and handle some rare pieces that are not normally available to the public.

Bookings are essential. Cost: entry admission

When: Friday, 19 October and Saturday 20 October

Time: 6pm

Place:  National Dinosaur Museum
Gold Creek Village
Gold Creek Road & Barton Highway
Nicholls ACT 2913

Phone: (02) 6230 2655

Email: admin@nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au

Earth Science Week Challenge: Visitors to the Museum will also have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Earth Science Week Challenge’. Visitors will be asked a simple question and the answer will be found in the exhibits. If successful with the challenge, visitors will receive a 50 Million Year Old Shark tooth.

Please note: this activity and others are free following entry admission.


WA

Dress to impress: clothing our cities past and present

Stuck in city traffic because of construction work? Have you noticed how much rock is used for construction and cladding? When did you last stop to really look at the colours and textures and variety of building stone used in pavements, on façades, for sculptures, and elsewhere? How do the rocks we choose to build with reflect the nature of our city? Is it dressing to impress?

When: Open throughout Earth Science Week (15-19 October)

Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Ground floor foyer, Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth, WA



Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) - competition

Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) is running a competition on our Facebook page. Just like our page and then tell us in 100 words or less why your think students should choose to study Earth and Environmental Science (EES). Prizes will be awarded to the top three responses from past and current Western Australian EES students and all submissions will be published on the EWSA website for Earth Science Week (14-20 October).



VIC

What's that rock? A look at the rocks of the Bacchus Marsh district. – Wednesday 17 October

Members of the Management Committee of the Bacchus Marsh Council Trench Crown Land Reserve will talk with Grade 4 pupils from Darley Primary School, in the northern part of Bacchus Marsh township in Central Victoria.

The children are studying rocks and soils at present in their class rooms and our aim is to introduce them to their local rich and varied earth science by taking along samples and specimens that they can handle and examine. We hope to ignite an enthusiasm in the children that could have them asking their parents to take them to visit some of the spectacular geological sites near their town.

Contact: Roger Pierson


NSW

Yarrangobilly Caves, NSW

A trip through time - from 500 million years ago to the present

Come and experience the Yarrangobilly Caves in a special guided tour through time conducted by Yarrangobilly’s resident geologist Monica Yeung.

On this tour you will learn to read the rocks and to recognise the fossils of long extinct animals. Discover how the landscape at Yarrangobilly has changed rapidly in fairly recent times and why former riverbeds now sit on top of our hills.

Bookings are essential please call 6454 9597 - tour limited to 15 people

When: Saturday 20 October 2012 10.30am and 2.00pm

Duration: 2.5 hours

Where: Yarrangobilly Visitors Centre

What to bring: Warm clothes for all weather, snacks and lunch.

Email: yarrangobilly.caves@environment.nsw.gov.au

Yarrangobilly Tour Flyer [PDF 372KB]

Topic contact: education@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 17, 2012