Australia-wide Webinars

All webinar times are given in Australian Eastern time - SA, NT, QLD and WA will need to adjust for time zone differences accordingly.

Rocks and Minerals for the Classroom Webinar Series 1 T1 2024

February 14, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

1. Minerals for the classroom

Wednesday February 14 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Understanding the characteristics and classification of minerals is vital to teaching Earth and Environmental Sciences. In this webinar we ask: What makes a good mineral classroom teaching? What doesn't? What minerals be in the classroom at all?

 

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U04, AC9S8H01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode

Plate Tectonics Webinar series 1 T1 2024

February 15, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

1. From Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics

Wednesday February 15 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

The idea of a dynamic Earth has had a long history. In 1596 Abraham Ortelius proposed that modern Spain and Northern America were at one point attached to Africa, only to have been torn away by earthquakes and floods. Many other naturalists, puzzled by the geographical of distant coastlines, had proposed similar ideas. But evidence was lacking. The discovery of large submerged mountain chains, and later, palaeomagnetism within oceanic rocks, provided geologists with the evidence they needed. Not until after the 1970s did scientists fully grasp that Earth was divided into plates that were, in places, growing apart and in others colliding. Plate tectonics has provided the evidence to interpret how many different types of minerals and rocks had formed.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U03, AC9S8H01, AC9S8I01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode (with embedded videos).

 

Rocks and Minerals for the Classroom Webinar Series 2 T1 2024

February 21, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

2. Rocks for the classroom

Wednesday February 21 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Understanding the characteristics and classification of rocks is vital to teaching Earth and Environmental Sciences. In this webinar we ask: What makes a good rock classroom teaching? What doesn't? What rocks be in the classroom at all?

 

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U04, AC9S8H01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode

Plate Tectonics Webinar series 2 T1 2024

February 22, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

2. How Plate Tectonics Works

Wednesday February 22 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

The continents are on the move! Here we explore the driving factors behind plate tectonics including mantle convection, slab push and pull, slab roll-back and the influences of heat and gravity. We take a closer look at the different plate boundary types: convergent, divergent, and transform, and all the associated structures from subduction zones to continental rifts. We take a look back in time to see how the continents have changed, and look forwards to see where they’re heading next.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U03, AC9S8H01, AC9S8I01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode (with embedded videos).

 

 

Rocks and Minerals for the Classroom Webinar Series 3 T1 2024

February 28, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

3. Igneous rocks basics

Wednesday February 28 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

We look into how igneous rocks are formed both inside the Earth and on its surface. We will look at why the mantle isn't a liquid, and why different volcanoes erupt in different ways. Igneous rocks are a great way to introduce students to inorganic chemistry and to the types of rocks you might find on other moons and planets.

 

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U04, AC9S8H01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode

Plate Tectonics Webinar series 3 T1 2024

February 29, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

3. Rocks and Tectonics

Wednesday February 29 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Rocks that have been altered by heat and pressure are called metamorphic rocks. This heat and pressure is mostly seen at plate margins where regional and hydrothermal metamorphism occur. In this lecture we look at how rocks change when we apply various degrees of heat and pressure and release them. The resulting rocks are not only beautiful, and used in masonry or as table tops, they also contain the minerals that drives economic geology, such as iron, copper, lead, silver and gold. We will investigate where we can find these rocks in the Macquarie Arc located in central western NSW.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U03, AC9S8H01, AC9S8I01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode (with embedded videos).

 

 

Rocks and Minerals for the Classroom Webinar Series 4 T1 2024

March 06, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

4. Sedimentary rocks basics

Wednesday March 6 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Sedimentary rocks tell us a great deal about the sediments and sedimentary environments that formed them. More importantly they can tell us about past life and climate. Understanding sedimentary processes of today is the key to discovering the processes of the past.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U04, AC9S8H01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode

Plate Tectonics Webinar series 4 T1 2024

March 07, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

4. Volcanoes and Magmatism

Wednesday March 7 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Not all volcanoes are the same, and a number of factors contribute to the size, shape, and eruption style of different volcanoes. Different tectonic settings influence magma sources, physical properties of magma, and geochemistry of magmas. Here we will explore where magma is generated, how it moves through the crust, how it changes over time, and what happens if it does or doesn’t erupt. We also take a look at some ancient and more recent examples of magmatism and volcanism in eastern Australia and how it has affected our local landscapes.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U03, AC9S8H01, AC9S8I01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode (with embedded videos).

 

 

Rocks and Minerals for the Classroom Webinar Series 5 T1 2024

March 13, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

5. Metamorphic rocks basics

Wednesday March 13 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Metamorphic rocks tell us so much about the internal pressure and heat of the planet. They are a great to understanding plate tectonic processes and where (and how) critical minerals form. Metamorphic minerals form under great heat and/or pressure, remelting existing minerals to form different rock types. Many economic minerals, such as copper, lead, nickel and gold, are a result of metamorphic processes. Without metamorphic rocks, many of these minerals will be locked away in the mantle.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U04, AC9S8H01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode

Plate Tectonics Webinar series 5 T1 2024

March 14, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

5. Landforms and Tectonics

Wednesday March 14 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Plate tectonics shapes the world we live on. Convergent and divergent margins shape the landscape, but so does mantle convection. The up and down-welling of the mantle creates a dynamic topography thousands of kilometres from plate margins. We will look at a few examples of dynamic topography from Australia. Subduction too has shaped the Australian landscape. Australia is currently tilting to the north-east as it slowly sinks under the Pacific plate. The consequences of this tilt has drained the Murray Basin, and left the Nullarbor high and dry.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U03, AC9S8H01, AC9S8I01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode (with embedded videos).

 

 

Rocks and Minerals for the Classroom Webinar Series 6 T1 2024

March 20, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

6. The rock cycle

Wednesday March 20 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

The rock cycle is far more complicated than a simple arrow connecting metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks. The rock cycle is part of a large geochemical cycle that includes the sulphur, carbon and water cycles. The rock cycle is the engine of our planet and dovetails with every other cycle, including the atmospheric cycle.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U04, AC9S8H01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode

Plate Tectonics Webinar series 6 T1 2024

March 21, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

6. Natural Hazards

Wednesday March 21 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Active plate tectonic processes bring with it a number of natural hazards. In the final presentation in this series, we explore the tectonic causes of these hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, and more. By building up our understanding of how plate tectonics cause these hazards we are able to mitigate many of the risks posed by living in tectonically active areas.

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The content covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S8U03, AC9S8H01, AC9S8I01 (Year 8).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and access to the slide pack and a recording of the episode (with embedded videos).