March 2016      
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A message from the AGC President

Geoscience Education is on the march! At the recent meeting in Canberra of AUGEN (the Australasian Universities Geoscience Educators Network) there were many new and exciting developments, to which the AGC made some contributions. Dr Roy Woodall, our National Geoscience Champion (see my previous message in the December 2015 issue of GeoEdLink) presented to this group of educators on the importance of good geoscience and persistence. His talk was well received and we are looking to make a video of this in his proposed next presentation in Adelaide.

Bill Shaw

Bill Shaw, AGC President


We also issued a media release, coinciding with AUGEN, where we announced the winners of the Early Career Travel Grants for travel in 2016. In conjunction with the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) the AGC provided grants to the value of $30,000 to assist with travel for 11 geoscientists from Australia and New Zealand. Further information about the travel grants, which are now open for new applications, is available here.

The Australian Geoscience Council is progressing well along our path of supporting Geoscience Education at many levels. We were pleased to hear at AUGEN that our vision to have Geoscience recognised as one of the four great sciences with Physics, Chemistry and Biology is fast becoming a reality on many levels.

There were too many interesting presentations at AUGEN to mention them all. The keynote address by Carol Oliver from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology was one of a number that indicated the potential of 'remote' field trips using new virtual technologies. In the past two years she has raised money to develop the Pathways to Space education and research project and to extend the project Australia-wide. Her team has created a 140 square metre Mars Yard (a scientifically accurate representation of the Martian surface) with a robotics/science lab, television studio and mobile classroom where engineering, science and education research is undertaken. The Mars Yard is the largest of its kind in a public space anywhere in the world. You can visit it at http://www.themarslab.org and watch the trailer video. This is exciting science education using cutting-edge interactive technologies.

Another presentation that caught my eye was by Michael Roach who is creating a virtual library of Australia's geology. You can see a couple of examples of early images of rocks at http://bit.ly/Roche_visualisation. Start by down-loading the low resolution images then zoom rotate them to get a taste of what is possible. There will be much more to hear about this technology in future.

There are many other topics in this edition of GeoEdLink that will help you and your students work with and understand rocks in the classroom. These may give you an appetite for virtual (and perhaps real) field trips.

Finally, a request: the Australian Geoscience Council is looking for geoscience educators who are promoting very early geoscience interaction, i.e. in Primary schools. There are a number of networks and champions that we are aware of at the Secondary and Tertiary levels, but we think that there may be some of you who are doing wonderful things and could benefit from connecting with your peers. If that is the case please contact myself, or the Editor of GeoEdLink Greg McNamara.

Also, watch this brief interview with me about the Australian Geoscience Council's strategic plan. It is our first step into the wonderful world of YouTube!

Bill Shaw
President, Australian Geoscience Council

Editorial

2016 has really got off to a great start for the Earth Science education community with an excellent turnout at the AUGEN (the Australasian Universities Geoscience Educators Network) conference in Canberra, an excellent Earth and Environmental Science Summer School for potential Olympiad students and many good programs across the country announcing ongoing funding and/or new additions to their student and teacher resources. It is my sincere hope that the year just gets better and better but with the resources industry on the back foot at the moment and a federal election looming the best we can probably hope for is that the situation does not continue to deteriorate.

At the AUGEN meeting I too was suitably impressed by the amazing on-line tools that are coming our way that will facilitate high quality virtual experiences for students (and their teachers) enabling visits to inaccessible but world-class localities that would otherwise be impossible for most. No doubt these tools, once widely accessible and known to teachers, will become a regular feature of classroom teaching at all levels within the education scene. However, there is no substitute for real-world experiences and whilst I am keen to champion the use of virtual technologies in the classroom I am concerned that institutional administrations will see this as yet another opportunity to reduce access to real field trips and real field locations for reasons of cost and/or risk-averse management. We must never let the argument prevail that the virtual experiences that are available are a substitute for the real thing. Virtual materials are an excellent augmentation to field work teaching but are not and never should be a complete substitute for the outdoor experiences that excursions provide over and above exposure to the actual outcrops. No virtual environment can create that feeling of exhilaration upon reaching the summit of a high peak or standing on the edge of a wind-swept coastline. Nor can it replace the smell of the camp fire and the camaraderie that comes from facing and meeting a physical and intellectual challenge as a team. As school teachers and undergraduate lecturers have observed over many years, a student's experiences in the field are often the deciding factor when it comes to whether they embrace the subject and take it further or not. Lack of field experience amongst graduates is also a real problem for industry and we need to be mindful of all these issues as we encourage more technology-driven teaching in schools and universities.

Greg McNamara - Editor, GeoEdLink
All feedback and submissions should be sent to the GeoEdLink Editor, Greg McNamara

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Geoscience Education News & Reviews

 Geoscience Australia's Education Centre notches up 100,000 visits!

On 16 February 2016 Geoscience Australia hosted its 100,000th student visitor in the Education Centre. The milestone was marked by a brief ceremony during which the 100,000th student visitor added a distinctive black sand layer to the Education Centre's sediment column "visitor book". Geoscience Australia's Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Pigram, also presented a certificate and Earth science book pack to the school and a special memento to the milestone visitor.

For over 15 years, Geoscience Australia has recognised the great value of building a more scientifically literate community by supporting Earth science education programs through the dedicated Education Centre. First opened in October 1999, the centre now welcomes nearly 10,000 students from across the country each year. The sediment column visitor book now boasts nearly 19 completed columns, representing approximately 26 metres of sediment layers, with a layer for every group that has visited.

The free hands-on and interactive science experiences, under the guidance of trained educators and subject matter experts, provide an introduction to geoscience, with an emphasis on Earth science topics relevant to the Australian Curriculum. This is a must-do destination on any school excursion to Canberra but book early, it is now so popular many 2016 weeks are already fully booked and 2017 bookings are happening fast!

To find out more visit the Education Centre web page or contact education staff by email.

 2016 Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad Summer School a great success
EESO summer school 2016

        The 2016 Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad Summer School students and staff, left to right:
        Top row: Jack Greenwood, Ben Akres, Gabriel Grzelka
        3rd row: Leo Pure (staff), Anthony Mai, Chen Zhou, Valentin Li Yee Lien, Alastair Pilley, Jeff Brown Alex O'Shea, Jordan Truong, Hugo Fahey, Daniel Ho
        2nd row: Luke Bogatez, Winnie Yuan, Samantha Musgrave, Kelly Zhang, Catriona Illingworth, Anita Deng, Jackie Chen, Kevin Tang, Joshua White
        Bottom row (all staff): Kelly Sharrad, Greg McNamara, Eilidh Cassidy, Suzy Urbaniak, Tim Hume, Sacha Mann
        Absent: Bronte Nicholls (staff)
        Image courtesy of Australian Science Innovations

Twenty one High School students from around Australia attended the second Australian Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad Summer School in January. Selected from over 300 students who registered for the highly challenging entry exam, the summer school students spent over two weeks in lectures, practicals and field studies learning the equivalent of first year university Earth and Environmental science. Hosted by the Australian National University and the Research School of Earth Sciences in Canberra, the students also visited research laboratories, enjoyed specialised talks by guest lecturers and visited Geoscience Australia. The intense, live-on campus 24/7 environment not only saw great learning take place but also many good friendships forged between students from Brisbane, Sydney, rural Victoria and southwest Western Australia.

All students did extremely well but at the end of summer school only four could be chosen to represent Australia at the 2016 International Earth Science Olympiad to be held this August in Japan. A combination of assessment types were used to evaluate the students' comprehension of the summer school content and their ability to integrate and analyse information. At this point in time we can reveal that the team has been selected but a formal announcement of the successful Australian representatives will not occur until June when all the Australian Science, Mathematics and Infomatics Olympiad teams will be announced and presented with their Australian team blazers at a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra.

Find out more about the Australian Science Olympiads program here and the Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad Summer School program here.

The entry exam for the 2017 Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad Summer School will be held August 5, 2016. Registrations close July 20, 2016. Students must register for the Australian Science Olympiad Exam through their school. Students who would like to take part should talk with their science teacher.

 Curious minds well satisfied

The inaugural Curious Minds program commenced the week of 12 December 2015 at the Australian National University (ANU). 54 female year 8, 9 and 10 students selected for the STEM program explored all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and field trips. They also met with a group of 42 program mentors matched to individual students to construct personal goals and engage in other mentoring activities. The mentoring includes discussing study options and career pathways, undertaking further extension work with support from their mentor, developing ideas based on learnings from the program or working on a project. The second component of the ANU on-campus experience will take place in July.

 National Science week at school: Drones, droids and robots

National Science Week, 13–21 August 2016, will see schools embrace the T in STEM, in particular autonomous technology, with the National Science Week school theme Drones, droids and robots. The theme will centre on the real-world application of autonomous technologies in areas including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, medicine and space and deep ocean exploration. Plenty of scope there to work lots of Earth Science into the classroom!

 CONASTA 65, 3-6 July 2016!
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Take part in a broad program of professional learning workshops for primary and secondary teachers and school science technicians, including laboratory and computer workshops, hands-on activities, seminars and discussions. Register for CONASTA 2016 now, early bird registration closes May 31.

CONASTA in Brisbane July 3-6


 National Youth Science Forum 2016 events a big hit

Students participating in the National Youth Science Forum, January Sessions, experienced a refreshed 12 day residential program based at the Australian National University (ANU) that focused on three central ideas: engaging with STEM in action; understanding the role of STEM in society; and preparing the next generation of STEM professionals. Based on these three themes, students participated in a number of new labs, site visits and workshops including Earth and Environmental Science related sites such as Geoscience Australia and ANU's Research School of Earth Sciences. Find out how to join the 2017 National Youth Science Forum here.

 Science Bootcamps

Science Bootcamp is an immersive CSIRO science experience for secondary school students. CSIRO Education and Outreach host Science Bootcamp in various capital cities throughout the year. The two-day program exposes secondary school-aged students to authentic scientific research in contemporary research facilities and gives the students the chance to meet and talk with CSIRO researchers. Students visit working laboratories and see the research currently being performed by scientists, researchers and technicians. Booking are essential as places are limited.

Upcoming Bootcamps

  •  Brisbane 5th - 6th April 2016
  •  Canberra 11th - 12th April 2016
  •  Adelaide 27th - 28th April 2016

 STEM X Summer School for teachers X-cellent!

The STEM X Academy is a teacher professional learning opportunity run in partnership by the Australian Science Teachers Association and Questacon. Participants undertake work with Questacon on a hands-on STEM pedagogy-based program designed to provide practical resources and ideas to take back to the classroom and share with colleagues. Teachers meet with scientists, learn about their research and develop activities to use with students. The inaugural STEM X academy was held January 2016 and was voted a major success by organisers and participants alike.

ASTA received nearly 250 applications for the 47 places available at the 2016 inaugural STEM X. Teachers selected to attend STEM X came from all realms of the teaching profession including a number who came from rural and remote areas where professional development is hard to come by.

The future of STEM X looks bright and applications for the limited number of places in the 2017 STEM X academy open 1 August 2016.

 Nominations for the 2016 Eureka Prizes are now open and close May 6

Presented annually by the Australian Museum in partnership with our sponsors and supporters, the prizes reward excellence in the fields of:
  •    research & innovation
  •    leadership
  •    science communication
  •    school science
http://tinyurl.com/zt7xcoj
Get your nominations in for Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Primary and Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Secondary.
Students, schools and their teachers need this kind of recognition and winning schools receive some awesome prizes.

 Australian Academy of Science Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences: take the survey

The Australian Academy of Science (AASS) develops decadal plans for all the sciences in Australia. The National Committee of Earth Sciences (NCES) is a committee of the AAS with membership drawn from scientists active in the Earth Sciences. The NCES is responsible for developing the decadal plan for the Earth Sciences. The plan that is developed should help shape the priorities, direction, and emphasis of Earth Sciences in Australia including the education, training, and research that supports it. Community input and feedback is an important part of this process and all interested parties are encouraged to fill in the survey.

The survey is divided into five sections:
  •  Roles of Earth Sciences
  •  Training, education and employment
  •  Research
  •  Strategies for the next decade
  •  Personal information

The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete on Desktop/Laptop devices. The responses will be collated and form an integral part of the formulation of the draft plan. Data from this survey will not be individually identified but will be aggregated to inform NCES about community views and concerns. There will also be an opportunity for formal submissions after the release of the draft document. Take the survey here.

 Onboard CAPSTAN

The Collaborative Australian Sea Training Alliance Network (CAPSTAN) is a first of its kind sea-based training programme for post-graduate students onboard Australia's principal research vessel, RV Investigator. In 2017-2019, 3 pilot voyages will be run with up to 30 post-graduate students along with research active academics and trainers. Enrolments will open in 2017. Input and advice from industry, government, tourism and academia is currently being sought on how to deliver the most effective training programme via short-answer surveys of industry, government and tourism department stakeholders as well as marine science academics and students. The surveys explore issues around previous experiences, current perceptions and expected outcomes of onboard graduate training and marine science generally. The closing date for the surveys is 1 April, 2016.
Take the appropriate survey by following the links here.

On-line resources - links and reviews:

 Virtual rocks everywhere

Good teaching outcrops can be hard reach, even if you know where to find them. Now, thanks to the Virtual Library of Australia's Geology, there is an ever growing digital library of free, downloadable visualisations of geological features as 3D photo-realistic models, full spherical panoramas, 'gigapixel' images and virtual tours. This collaborative national project has set out to digitally capture and document Australia's diverse geological heritage and to develop educational resources to accompany these visualisations. Still a work in progress the best of this project is yet to come but the results so far are impressive. Make sure you bookmark this site and start to use the results in your class; ultimately this will be the go-to place for virtual representations of the best of the best outcrops from around Australia.

 Virtual petrological microscope for free

Macquarie University Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences has developed a virtual Petrographic Microscope (VPM). It is a free standalone Windows and Mac OSX desktop software tool designed to aid geoscience researchers, students, and educators in rock thin section analysis without the need for an actual petrographic microscope. VPM allows a user to analyse prepared high-resolution images of rock thin sections on a computer using traditional features familiar to users of microscopes including stage rotation, objective zoom, and switching between plane-polarised light and crossed-polarised light. VPM also includes a range of virtual features such as auto-scaling grid overlays and annotation of thin section images with the ability to save, export, and import annotation files for collaboration and education. It is free to use; download it and a suite of thin-section images here.

 National Parks in NSW are now virtual too

Working in partnership with Google, NSW National Parks has captured imagery across 25 national parks using Google Street View Trekker. Now you can be there without being there! Great for planning trips as well as visiting sites that for many school groups will be inaccessible. Follow the links to this amazing set of resources here.

 Big Science Competition

The Big Science Competition is a 50 minute competition of 30 multiple-choice questions held at school. Both online and pen and paper formats are available. The competition challenges students to think critically and solve scientific problems using everyday examples. The questions are aligned to the Australian Curriculum – Science.

In 2016, the Big Science Competition can take place in school on any day between 18 and 25 May inclusive. It is an international competition for secondary students and there are three competition levels based on the Australian school years:
   •  Junior - years 7 and 8
   •  Intermediate - years 9 and 10
   •  Senior - years 11 and 12

Pen and paper registrations close April 20. Online registrations close May 13. Follow this link to find out more.

 ScienceIQ 2016 is happening now!

ScienceIQ is an online science quiz conducted by the Science Teachers' Association of Western Australia for school teams of four students. Teams have one hour to complete 12 science problems. To win, students will need to finish in the shortest time with the most questions correct.

Students who are placed First, Second and Third receive certificates and members of the winning teams will also be awarded a prize. A school certificate will also be awarded to the winner's school.

It sounds like lots of fun and there are competitions for year levels 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 with Term 1 competitions for years 6 and 8 kicking things off. Find out more here.

 Olympiads on-line: Making studying for Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad exam easier

Early in 2015 ASI launched an on-line facility that helps students study for the Australian Science Olympiad exams through interactive tutorials and links to other resources. This proved especially useful for those students enrolled in the EESO exam and even more so for those who were not studying Earth and Environmental Science at school. Read more about the online facility here: http://asoeonline.edu.au/. New material is currently being added to the site that will expand the questions available. Greater feedback on the most challenging questions in the mix is also part of the update. This site is a must-do for anybody planning to sit any of the Australian Olympiad exams in 2016 and its free.

 Now virtual Earth in multiple data layers

The GPlates Portal is a gateway to a series of web applications for the interactive visualisation of cutting-edge geoscience datasets, all possible within freely available web browsers. GPlates enables the interactive manipulation of plate-tectonic reconstructions and the visualisation of geodata through geological time, and it facilitates interoperability of plate tectonic data and models with geodynamic computing services for applied and fundamental research purposes. Explore the datasets here.

 Climate models and challenges online too

The Monash simple climate model (MSCM) simulates most of the main physical processes in the climate system in a very simplistic way and therefore allows very fast and simple climate model simulations on a normal PC computer. It simulates the global climate on a grid of 96 times 48 points on three different vertical levels (surface, atmosphere and subsurface ocean). Despite its simplicity the model simulates the climate response to external forcings, such as doubling of the CO2 concentrations very realistically. The MSCM web-interface allows students to study the results of more than a 1000 different model experiments in an interactive way. By turning ON or OFF elements/processes in the climate it allows students to study the interactions of physical processes and how they work together to build the climate system.

 Annual climate report out now

This Australian Bureau of Meteorology report provides a national overview of temperature, rainfall and significant weather and climate events of the past year. The full Annual Climate Report 2015 is available here as a PDF.

 Science ASSIST updates

The latest eNewsletter edition of Science ASSIST, the free national online advisory service for school science educators and technicians, is available here. Check out this amazing resource: Over 170 technical questions have been asked by users via the Q&A section of the Science ASSIST website. The ASSIST lab tech advisory team have answered all of these questions plus there are more Connected Learning Experiences and much, much more.

 Science on a sphere datasets for everybody

Australian teachers and students might not be able to visit a Science on a Sphere room but the data sets still look amazing on any screen and are easily accessed here. Also, you can download SOS Explorer™ that uses the NOAA-developed Terraviz™ visualization engine to create an interactive Earth for a flat screen display including those projected on walls, computers, and large displays, providing teachers, students, and the public access to a library of selected Science On a Sphere® datasets and movies.

 Siccar Point - the video

Siccar Point is often described as the birthplace of modern geology. The location of an excellent outcropping of an angular unconformity, Siccar Point is shown here in a video using multiple aerial points of view with an excellent voice over and supporting graphics.

 Virtual Poster Showcases

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) estimates that there are 38,000 undergraduate geoscience students in the United States and 65,000 to 100,000 undergraduates in non-U.S. programs. However, an AGI survey of leading geoscience annual conferences has revealed that less than 100 posters are presented by undergraduates annually. Also, many conferences don't cater for undergraduate presentations but a new program of online student poster sessions might help Earth and space science students bridge that gap and gain confidence and valuable experiences along the way.

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Geoscience Education Views

 Geoscience Education Views is prepared using opinion pieces provided by invited authors. Any views expressed may not reflect the views or policies of the AGC.

Suzy Urbaniak talks CoRE

Suzy Urbaniak

Suzy Urbaniak
Kent Street Senior High School, WA
To ensure continued prosperity, global competitiveness and economic growth, the industry requires highly skilled, trans-disciplinarian scientists and engineers to lead the economy into the future, through the Digital Disruption Age and beyond 2025.

Long before STEM/STEAM were commonplace, Suzy Urbaniak was STEMming, full STEAM ahead, with on-going, evolving pedagogical strategies in her classroom. Suzy strives to ensure her students have practised being young scientists and engineers in the classroom, utilising trans-disciplinarian scientific practices to engage in experiential and inquiry learning systems to solve problems related to and embedded within real world contexts.

Suzy entered education as a science teacher 12 years ago after 12 years experience as an industry geologist. She says she was shocked to witness that in Western Australia, at the secondary education level, little to no attention was given to resources education. Furthermore, she observed the pathway opportunities into Earth Science resources research and development were limited, physical science and engineering student numbers were at an all-time low, especially for females, and awareness of resources career employment possibilities were not valued and therefore inappropriately addressed. She concluded that for secondary students, the resources 'education to employment pipeline' was disconnected. Consequently, right from the onset of her education career, she passionately embraced, developed and executed a vision directed at bridging education with industry and government.

To adequately provide for student diversity she found in schools, Suzy says she aspired to create a seamless pipeline so that they could confidently evolve their skills and knowledge as their brand to ensure their career prosperity. To make this change, Suzy has developed a contemporary education model known as CoRE (Center of Resources Excellence) which itself is based on 5 pillars of community inclusivity known as SWANS (STEM/STEAM, Women in Leadership, Aboriginal Culture, Networking & Sustainability).

Suzy says, As a life-long learner, I have researched extensively to incorporate and include the latest scientific and engineering developments and technologies into the curriculum and have 'dug-deep' and boldly networked extensively with industry to ensure we are all abreast of the effects of globalisation and changes within the dynamic economic climate.

CoRE classrooms are business unit oriented, collaborative ecosystems of human energy which mimic real world industry working environments. The educator is the facilitator, students share roles within a student-centered learning environment to complete term-long project-based learning (PBL). Within CoRE, students learn how to learn and how to think; discover how to become intrinsically motivated to work at their best at all times; and align their learning with their creativity, talents and intelligences to ensure that all tasks of the PBL are completed within a timely fashion in readiness for presentation at a 'Town Hall.' The PBL is a real world scenario, comprising of at least four different and diverse tasks requiring integrated STEM/STEAM strategies, that have to be connected and problem solved. A PBL has the students turning a 'situation into a solution,' dealing with issues related to resource and economic sustainability within the Asia-Pacific Region. Each business unit member in collaboration with their team members has to critically think about and evaluate the problem. They must ensure all tasks are organised, challenged and addressed utilising the best team members to complete each task. Science, engineering and technological skills and practices are extensively incorporated into each task with coding literacy now becoming a major player in PBL presentation.

CoRE is unique, because it is not a satellite STEM/STEAM program. It is embedded within the school's timetable through four science and two elective periods. The year 7-10 Australian Science Curriculum is the base to the program with aspects of technology, maths, engineering and arts integrated throughout the PBLs. Interstate and international field trips are an instrumental learning strategy of the program. Students experience real fieldwork, become field scientists, observing and analysing data to evaluate the environment they are interpreting, visit operating mines and experience eco & geotourism sites. Aboriginal culture and science are incorporated to expose all CoRE students to the richness and uniqueness of this ancient culture.

When asked how she measures student success she answered, When [students] come back to me after their ATAR exam smiling with pride and happiness, when they maintain contact to share with me their tertiary and career developments and when they continue to ask for guidance because they are choosing to strive to be the best they can be." The results of Suzy's CoRE classroom approach speaks volumes. For the summer of 2015/16, all her students obtained either vacation or full employment within careers they were made aware of during their CoRE education.

To find out more about Kent Street and the CoRE program visit the Kent Street CoRE webpage
or contact Suzy Urbaniak by email: suzy.urbaniak@education.wa.edu.au

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Geoscience Education Deadlines, Events & Activities

   DEADLINES     

 GTAV 2016.
Abstract submissions close April 22, 2016.
http://tinyurl.com/ha9pytz.

 CONASTA 2016.
Early bird registration closes May 31, 2016.
http://asta.edu.au/conasta.

 National Youth Science Forum.
Expressions of interest are open and close 31 May 2016.
http://www.nysf.edu.au/applying.

 Australian Science Olympiad 2016 Exams.
Student registration for all exams closes July 20, 2016.
http://tinyurl.com/zqtnowd.


   EVENTS and ACTIVITIES     

 CONSEA*ACT 2016, Canberra, 19 March
http://tinyurl.com/hm3tzb9.

 Primary Australian Literacy Mathematics and Science (PALMS) Year 2 package, Perth (Padbury), 21 March
http://tinyurl.com/hhrkfwd.

 Woodside Australian Science Project (WASP) Year 4 package, Perth (Padbury), 23 March
http://tinyurl.com/hnndw5s.

 Woodside Australian Science Project (WASP) Year 4 package, Perth (Victoria Park), 29 March
http://tinyurl.com/hnndw5s.

 TESEP teacher PD, Sydney, 1-2 April
PD2 Riding the Climate Roller Coaster (climate change)
PD8 Powerful stuff (the energy debate)
http://tesep.org.au/.

 CONSTAT 2016, New Norfolk, 1-2 April
http://tinyurl.com/hcwpzkh.

 Woodside Australian Science Project (WASP) Year 4 package, Rockingham, 7 April
http://tinyurl.com/hnndw5s.

 TESEP teacher PD, Darwin, 8-9 April
PD 1: Round and Round with Rocks
PD 9: Plate Tectonics
http://tesep.org.au/.

 SASTA 2016, Adelaide, 18-19 April
http://tinyurl.com/gp6lh97.

 TESEP teacher PD, Mt Gambier, 27-29 April
PD1 Round and Round with Rocks
Year 8 Field Investigation
PD2 Riding the Climate Roller Coaster (climate change)
PD 9: Plate Tectonics
http://tesep.org.au/.

 STAWA Primary Science Conference, Perth, 13-14 May
http://tinyurl.com/gwzmlhf.

 CONSTAWA, Perth, 13-14 May
http://tinyurl.com/gwzmlhf.

 Beginning & Pre-service Teachers' Conference 2016, Brisbane, 19 May
http://tinyurl.com/zxalgjp.

 Biology, Earth Environmental Science and Senior Science Teachers Conference, Sydney, 4 June
Call for papers now open
http://tinyurl.com/z6p4cko.

 LabTech Conference 2016 , Melbourne, 10 June
http://tinyurl.com/6q6xyd6.

 Australian Earth Science Convention, Adelaide, June 26-20
There is an education orientated theme: Geoscience and Society: Education, Integration and Translation of Earth Sciences for Societal Benefit.
http://tinyurl.com/j3sylwt.

 CONASTA 2016, Brisbane, 3-6 July
http://tinyurl.com/zs7wczz.

 Australian Science Olympiad Exams, August 2016
Registrations close July 20
   •   Chemistry exam August 3
   •   Earth and Environmental Science exam August 5
   •   Biology exam August 8
   •   Physics exam August 10
See website for more details:
http://tinyurl.com/zqtnowd.

 International Earth Science Olympiad 2016, Japan, 20-27 August
Explore the details here and encourage students to sit the 2016 exam to attend the 2017 summer school and maybe represent Australia at IESO 2017.
http://ieso2016.jp/.

 GTAV 2016 Annual Conference, Melbourne, 21-23 August
The largest Geography Education event in Australia.
http://tinyurl.com/gpkvwqn.

 STAVCON 2016, Melbourne, 25 November
http://tinyurl.com/me2uucw.

 STAWA Future Science Conference, Perth, 2 December
http://tinyurl.com/gwzmlhf.

 GeoEdLink will list your event here!
If you have an upcoming Earth and Environmental Science education related event GeoEdLink will list its details here. Send your event details to the GeoEdLink editor. An event name, date, location and web site link are essential. The next GeoEdLink will be published in July 2016.

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