Opportunity to explore the wonders of geoscience

18 August 2015

Geoscience Australia staff member interacting with two young visitors looking through a microscope.

A Geoscience Australia staff member
and two young visitors.

The opportunity to mix with Australia's top geoscientists, learn how a dancing robot helps your GPS, or find out how earthquakes are detected will be on offer this coming weekend at Geoscience Australia's 2015 Open Day.

Visitors to Open Day can pan for gold, become seafloor detectives, learn about geoscience careers and find out what goes on inside this amazing building. A roving dinosaur will also be making appearances throughout the day.

There will also be a series of engaging science talks across the day, including one about the popular computer game 'Minecraft', where the concepts presented in the game will be compared with real science and geology.

Geoscience Australia's annual Open Day is a National Science Week feature event that attracts thousands of visitors every year offering a diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks for all ages.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Chris Pigram said the Open Day provides a great opportunity for Geoscience  Australia to showcase the work of the national geoscience agency and to broaden  the community's understanding of the importance of geoscience in everyday life.

"Our scientists are excited about the chance to share how our work plays a critical role in helping Australia to respond to the major economic, social and environmental challenges that our nation faces, now and into the future," Dr Pigram explained.

"It is through educational outreach activities like our Open Day that we generate community interest in our work, and hopefully inspire some of our younger visitors to become tomorrow's geoscientists," Dr Pigram added.

When: Sunday 23 August, 10am - 3pm
Where: Geoscience Australia; corner Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT.
More information: www.ga.gov.au/open-day