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Newsletter 31

21 Mar 2022

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World Groundwater Day on - Tuesday 22nd March

Human societies all require a sustainable supply of water Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is in groundwater.
We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.
For a range of teaching and learning resources, follow the link below and encourage your students to celebrate: World Water Day (unesco.org)

Earth Day Air Temperature Data Challenge – Friday 25th March

Starting on 25 March, and during the four weeks leading up to Earth Day, GLOBE students are encouraged to participate in our global Air Temperature (AT) Data Challenge. The challenge entails a one-day AT collection event that will take place around the world on 25 March, followed by a series of activities throughout the following month focused on visualizing and connecting this worldwide air temperature data. To participate, complete the following steps:

Collect! On 25 March, go outside and gather an (AT) measurement following the GLOBE AT protocol. Make sure you collect this measurement within one hour of solar noon, local time. During the collection event, remember to: 
  • Take an outdoor photo of yourself or your friends collecting AT data on 25 March
  • Submit your AT measurement into the GLOBE Data Entry System
Important: To participate in the data collection process, you must collect your AT data on March 25, exactly 4 weeks before Earth Day. After you collect your data, you'll have three days to submit your result with a deadline of 28 March.
For more information: Earth Day Air Temperature Data Challenge - GLOBE.gov

EES Implementation Workshop 2022

The 2022 SACE EES Implementation Workshop was (again this year) a ‘virtual’ (Zoom) conference for teachers, held on Friday afternoon 25 th February. The workshop was attended by 15 secondary school teachers, who were presented with a wide range of teaching and learning resources, by 10 guest speakers.

Speakers included Amanda Vernik (GPP Webmaster), Dr. Alexander Francke (Univ. of Adel.), Dr. Ulrike Schacht (Aust. School of Petroleum), Dr. Rachelle Kernen (Aust. School of Petroleum), Dr. Jessica Walsh (Univ. of Adel.), Jeremy Gramp (DEW/ Green Adelaide, Peter Reeve (PhD Candidate Flinders University) and Sarah Chinner (BHP Olympic Dam geologist). The workshop was arranged and coordinated by Kelly Sharrad, who also presented in her role as SACE Marker and Moderator.

The full workshop program can be found here: GeoScience - News - News Detail (msc.sa.edu.au)

Feedback from workshop: The feedback survey has indicated that 86% of participants found the delivered materials ‘Very Relevant’ or ‘Extremely Relevant’ to their teaching roles. 86% also indicated that it was ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ they would recommend the Geoscience Pathways Project to a friend or colleague. Congratulations to all involved.

The Earth Futures Festival

The Earth Futures Festival (EFF) is an international film and video festival that showcases the role of geoscience in our sustainable future. It will run in a hybrid format between August and October in 2022.
As part of this exciting program teachers are offered (FREE) training in two Film Making Workshops in March and April 2022.
EFF has also teamed up with Geologize to provide 300 people with FREE access to the new and acclaimed Geologize Practical Geocommunication course.
Free places will be issued to the first 300 registrants! Find out more at: https://www.earthfuturesfestival.com/

Interesting Links

2022 Committee Members

The following are the members of our current Geoscience Pathways Management Committee who were elected at our recent AGM in 2022:
  • Chairperson - Len Altman
  • Secretary & Treasurer - Amanda Vernik
  • Other Committee members
    • Luke McKay (Reynella East College)
    • Graziela Miot da Silva (Flinders University - Earth Scientist)
    • Bronte Nicholls (Adelaide Botanic High - Teaching EES)
    • Lewis Subelli (University of Adelaide - Pre service teacher)
    • Peter Reeves (Flinders University - PHD )
    • Alan Collins (University of Adelaide - Professor)
    • Carol Aldous (Flinders University - Earth Science Teacher Education)
    • Kelly Sharrad (Birdwood High School - GOO)
    • Sarah Chinnner (BHP)
Thank you to our members for their dedication and support to the Geoscience Pathways Project.

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