Our Place in Space discusses the evolution of Earth and our Solar System. The PD will investigate meteorites, the formation of the moon, the impacts of the Earth’s rotation and tilted axis, and compares Earth with Mars and the other planets. Participants will be able to touch a piece of the moon, and view meteorite samples from Geoscience Australia’s National Mineral and Fossil Collection.
Round and Round with Rocks and Minerals looks at the rock cycle and crustal geology. This PD is a guided journey through the rock cycle from intrusion to mineralised veins, volcano to sediment, sand deposition to metamorphic processes, as well as the important role minerals and geo-resources play in society and nature. The PD will also discuss some of the principles of geology, with local examples. The workshop will include resources from Geoscience Australia’s Education Centre and National Mineral and Fossil Collection.
The PD workshops will include hands-on classroom exercises, an overview of the integrated TESEP rock kit, plate tectonic poster and online resources, and an opportunity to learn more about the role of Geoscience Australia, their displays and Education Centre. Presentations will be available to attendees. The topics are focused at teachers of years 7-10 secondary science students and will be of interest to upper primary science years 4-6. Afternoon tea will be provided