April 2015

Welcome to the first edition of Education Centre Updates newsletter for 2015. This edition contains news, activities, new resources and key dates for Educators of Earth Science.

Congratulations to our Education Centre Coordinator, Shona Blewett, who this year was awarded an Australia Day Achievement Medallion for her exceptional contribution to Geoscience Australia through her work in the Education Centre.

Product highlights

2015 begins with the launch of our latest booklet, Exploring Minerals and Crystals: Teacher notes and activities. This booklet includes sections on identifying minerals, significant minerals and gem resources in Australia and the uses of crystals.

We are also in the process of digitising many of our other print products, including the ever-popular timescale bookmark.

In light of the anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami, remember Tsunami: Teacher notes and student activities booklet. This booklet includes sections on understanding what a tsunami is, what generates tsunamis, where they occur, what happens when they reach land, how tsunamis impact Australians, and the role Geoscience Australia plays in providing the Australian Tsunami Warning System.

Earth science in the News

Year 12 students exposed to hands-on Earth Science problem solving
Australia's top Year 12 science students gathered in Canberra as part of the National Youth Science Forum to learn first-hand about a major challenge for Australia how to find and secure future water resources for the nation.

Science as a Human Endeavour–searching for MH370
Senior students might benefit from learning how Geoscience Australia is assisting in the search for flight MH370. This 6-minute video explains how scientists conduct multi-beam sonar surveys in the deep ocean and how this technique reveals new information about this hitherto unexplored region.

Teach hazards with a case study
Boxing Day last year marked ten years since the devastating magnitude 9.1 earthquake hit the Indian Ocean. Geoscience Australia has released a package of material on the science of the event, and Professor Phil Cummins has written a feature article on what we have learned since 2004.