Geoscience Australia's Education Centre sets a new record
09 March 2012
Geoscience Australia’s Education Centre continues to break visitation records, with 8200 student visits in 2011, exceeding the previous record set in 2009.
The Education Centre has seen significant growth in student visitor numbers from across Australia since it opened in October 1999. The cumulative number of student visitors now stands at 64 000, and it is anticipated that this figure will be over 70 000 by the end of 2012.
The Geoscience Australia Education Centre offers free, engaging, curriculum linked, hands-on and age appropriate activities to all Australian schools, aiming to raise awareness and interest in the geosciences amongst school students. The Education Centre is staffed by a small team of professional geoscience educators, including qualified teachers, who ensure that the activities offered by the Education Centre are aligned with the new national science curriculum.
Geoscience Australia’s Education and Events Manager, Vicki Pow, said she was thrilled that teachers were realising the benefits of the program offered. This is confirmed with a 70 per cent return visitation rate for school groups.
"Many of our scientists are actively involved in the education program, and are keen to share their enthusiasm about the Earth sciences with students," Ms Pow said. "One of our key priorities is to raise awareness of the geosciences and its benefits to the community."
Feedback collected from teachers and students confirms the fundamental role the Geoscience Australia Education Centre plays in supporting the teaching of geoscience in schools across Australia.
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