The annual Earth Science Week celebrations officially commenced this morning with the Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson presenting the awards to the winners of the 2011 Geologi
short film competition in Canberra.
The Geologi short film competition is an annual event co-hosted by Geoscience Australia and the Australian Science Teachers Association, open to all primary and secondary students across Australia.
Entries were received from Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT.
The films were judged on their science content, creativity and promotion of the theme ‘Geology and you’ highlighting the role earth sciences play in our everyday lives.
“It is fantastic to see students from all over the country taking an interest in the Earth sciences,” Minister Ferguson said.
“The work of geoscientists is critical – it underpins much of Australia’s resources and energy discovery and development, which in turn brings economic wealth to our nation and helps maintain our energy security.
“It also plays an important role in emergency management by developing tools and techniques for use by government and other authorities to better manage the impact of natural disasters like bushfires or earthquakes.
“Education programs and activities at Geoscience Australia provide a gateway for students to consider following a career in this important field.”
The winning entries were:
Primary Category (Year K- 6)
Winner: Wynyard: Created from Chaos by Table Cape Primary School, Table Cape, Tasmania.
Runner-up: A Volcano in Our Backyard? by Fraser Primary School, Fraser, ACT.
Highly commended: From a Rock to a Can by Summer and Troy Rees, Numeralla, NSW
Junior Category (Year 7 – 10)
Winner: Red Dirt by St Joseph’s Regional College, Port Macquarie, NSW
Runner-up: Science Rocks by Presbyterian Ladies College, Peppermint Grove, WA
The Geologi winning entries can be seen on the Geoscience Australia website at www.ga.gov.au
Geoscience Australia is also hosting a number of events from 9-15 October as part of Australia's 14th year of Earth Science Week, with this year's theme being 'Our ever changing Earth'.