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Newsletter 35

02 Dec 2022


2022 Earth System Study Video Competition – Winners to be announced soon

The judges are currently looking over the entries to vote for their winning and runner up videos. Keep your eyes on our facebook and website for the winners. The entries this year were of outstanding calibre and we look forward to announcing and sharing them with you soon.

GeoScience Pathways Website: 2022 Earth and Environmental Science: Earth System Study Competition

SAVE the date for the Geoscience Pathways Annual Implementation Workshop 2023 

The date has been set: Friday, 24 February 2023 – 1pm – 4pm
Location: The Sprigg Room (located in the Mawson Laboratories building, opposite Adelaide Botanic High School) at the University of Adelaide.

Our annual workshop is always a hit with EES teachers and a fantastic opportunity to network and connect.

Booking and more details to come early in the new year.

Home: The Story of Earth 

In 1969, the first humans to travel to the moon looked back at the whole of the Earth. Since then our understanding of our planetary home and our impact upon it has grown exponentially. Watch the videos on ABC iview catch up TV

Home: The Story Of Earth : ABC iview

Earth and Environmental Sciences - Year 11 and 12 Resources

The Australian Earth Science Education website has a huge collection of resources in the EES area. Covering:

  • Formation of Earth and the Solar System,
  • Minerals,
  • Rocks and the Rock Cycle, Soils,
  • Water,
  • Weather, Climate and Hazards,
  • Climate Change,
  • Ecosystems and Sustainability,
  • Plate Tectonics and
  • Geohazards and Fossils and Geological Time.

 This website even includes from foundation level

Home - Australian Earth Science Education (ausearthed.com.au)

STEM opportunities for your students

The University of Adelaide would like to invite you and your students to participate in the innovative Energy, Mining and Resources School Outreach Program (EMRSO). 

The EMRSO program offers a suite of interactive, curriculum-aligned workshops for Years 7-12 students delivered both at your school and on our campus. Additionally, the program will offer Year 12 student networking opportunities with industry as well as spark student interest in making the resources sector more sustainable and the global impacts they can make on an individual level. 

In 2023 the University of Adelaide are also bringing two exciting immersive, on-campus experiences to give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the sector. Register your interest via the links below: 

Year 11 & 12 – Wednesday 22nd of March 2023 (Term 1 Week 8) REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Year 9 & 10 – Wednesday 27th of September 2023 (Term 3 Week 10) REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Facilitated by Phoebe Chilman, a graduate Chemical Engineer from the University of Adelaide with a specialisation in Sustainable Energy, Phoebe is passionate about our society’s transition to decarbonisation and the role Australia’s energy, mining and resources sectors are playing. 

The industry underpins all areas of our modern life; our smartphones, our homes, means of transport, and even down to our health care provisions. In order to sustain our way of life in addition to meeting global energy demands in line with renewable energy targets, critical minerals and transformative energy technologies will be required at an unprecedented scale. To improve safety, efficiency and productivity, Australia’s energy and resources sector is also undergoing significant digital transformation. Drones, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous systems, big data and off-Earth exploration require a workforce equipped with a new skillset. The future of this sector is changing rapidly, offering a range of exciting careers for young South Australian students with a demand that has never been greater. 

For more information about the EMRSO program and book an activity: FURTHER INFORMATION

GeoSciEd X international conference in Adelaide in 2026

This international event will bring unique opportunities to showcase the work done by our GPP and the various resources we have developed. It will be an ideal opportunity to raise wider interest in teaching SACE Earth and Environmental Science in SA schools.

Teachers and students will have opportunity to be directly involved by participating in a range of activities, together with others from around Australia and overseas.
For more information about forward planning of the event please contact our Geoscience Outreach Officer Kelly Sharrad: ksharrad@gmail.com

Renewed Funding Support from the SA Government

Last week, we were delighted to receive a letter from DEM Minister (Tom Koutsantonis), offering the ‘Gold Sponsorship’ ($10 000 pa) for our GPP work over the next two years. See the letter here.

We have also been promised 2023 funding from some other sponsors, including the SA Div. of the Geological Society of Australia (GSA), but unfortunately it remains uncertain whether we will be able to attract sufficient funding/sponsorship to continue all of our 2022 activities next year. We are short by $30 000 relative to our 2022 expenditure.

Gold sponsorship $10 000 pa
Silver sponsorship $5000 pa
Bronze sponsorship $2500

For information about sponsorship contact: lenaltman9@gmail.com

What the Geoscience Pathways Project can offer your school

Read all of Kelly’s amazing infographics and more about her role as the GOO here


The Origin of Animal Life: Learn about South Australia’s amazing Natural History

Download the PDF

2022 Committee Members

The following are the members of our current Geoscience Pathways Management Committee who were elected at our AGM in March 2022:

  • Kelly Sharrad (Chairperson)
  • Luke McKay (NEW – GPP Coordinator)
  • Amanda Vernik (GPP Webmaster, GPP Secretary)
  • 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)
  • Zoe Hewett (Department for Energy And Mining)

Thank you to our members for their dedication and support to the Geoscience Pathways Project.

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Wishing you all a safe and happy holidays see you in 2023!

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