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PD1 - Round and Round with Rocks including 3D visualisation

August 21, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

This workshop examines the rock cycle and places it in the context of plate tectonics, geological time and dynamic earth processes, including climate change. Exploration of minerals, ores and mining are put in context.

3D visualization is a technology that enables teachers and students to access 3D imagery of geological features. Virtual field trips around Australia and working with high standard specimens are now possible!

Download the flyer here.

Download the Word version of the registration form here.

For more information contact Philip Sansom: TAS_coord@tesep.org.au

PD2 - Riding the Climate Roller Coaster

August 22, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Riding the Climate Rollercoaster takes participants back over the last 4.6 billion years to find the drivers of climate change throughout geological time. In this workshop participants will learn about and discuss the impact climate fluctuations have had in the past as revealed by the rock record. This PD also examines the additional impact human activity is thought to have and the geological evidence for it.

The PD provides guidance on how teachers and students can access raw data to evaluate the results for themselves. At the completion of this workshop teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources, including some practical activities, to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Science, particularly at the Year 8 level.

Download the flyer here.

Download the Word version of the registration form here.

For more information contact Philip Sansom: TAS_coord@tesep.org.au

PD7 - Our Place in Space

September 14, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

The ‘Our Place in Space’ workshop provides an opportunity to:
• Discuss common conceptions/misconceptions about the movement of the Earth in space
• Investigate concepts related to our Earth in the solar system
• Try engaging hands-on activities for use in your classroom
• Discuss common conceptions/ misconceptions children have regarding space /science
• Why is the Earth special? - comparing the geology of Earth and Mars

At the completion of this workshop teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources,

Download the flyer here.

Download the Word version of the registration form here.

For more information contact Philip Sansom: TAS_coord@tesep.org.au

PD9 - Plate Tectonics

September 15, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

This PD explains how the theory of Plate Tectonics was developed and how this relatively new paradigm not only explains why the Earth is so dynamic but also how it can be used to reconstruct the past appearance of the planet, predict the most likely locations of mineral and hydrocarbon deposits and explain the distribution patterns of fossil and extant animals and plants.

At the completion of this workshop teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources, including some practical activities, to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Science, particularly at the Year 9 level.

Download the flyer here.

Download the Word version of the registration form here.

For more information contact Philip Sansom: TAS_coord@tesep.org.au

Field Trip to compliment Earth Science teaching: Ballarat region

October 29, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Date to be confirmed.

Contact Emily Rochette for more details: vic_coord@tesep.org.au

PD6 - Hot Rocks & PD8 - Powerful Stuff (nuclear energy)

October 30, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

This professional learning day will focus on two of TESEP’s workshops:
1. Hot Rocks: Geothermal Energy
2. Powerful Stuff: The Uranium Debate


Hot rocks examines the role geothermal energy currently plays across the globe and the future role it can play. Current Australian developments highlight the value of this new technology.

Powerful Stuff examines the geology and physics of uranium and how this fuel works in modern reactors. The workshop places the common fears associated with this technology in context. This professional learning also compares all sources of electrical energy: renewables and non-renewables and discusses them within the context of the Australian situation.


At the completion of these workshops teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum for years 7-10.

Download the flyer here.

Download the Word version of the registration form here.

For more information contact Emily Rochette: VIC_coord@tesep.org.au

PD9 - Plate Tectonics

October 31, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

This PD explains how the theory of Plate Tectonics was developed and how this relatively new paradigm not only explains why the Earth is so dynamic but also how it can be used to reconstruct the past appearance of the planet, predict the most likely locations of mineral and hydrocarbon deposits and explain the distribution patterns of fossil and extant animals and plants.


At the completion of this workshop teachers and laboratory technicians will be equipped with the background information and resources, including some practical activities, to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum, particularly Science at the Year 9 level.

Download the flyer here.

Download the Word version of the registration form here.

For more information contact Emily Rochette: VIC_coord@tesep.org.au

PD1 - Round and Round with Rocks - Canberra geology

December 05, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

This workshop examines the rock cycle and places it in the context of plate tectonics, geological time and dynamic earth processes, including climate change. Exploration of minerals, ores and mining are put in context.
In this workshop there will be a particular focus on the rocks of the Canberra Region, as well as some activities that could be used for Senior Earth and Environmental Science students.

At the completion of this workshop teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources, including some practical activities, to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Science, particularly at the Year 8 and Senior EES levels.

Down load the flyer here.

Download the Word version of the registration form here.

For more information contact Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

PD1 - Round and Round with Rocks - Canberra fieldtrip

December 06, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

This field trip will take teachers to a variety of sites in Canberra that can be used for short excursions. Teachers will learn about the geological features of each site and undertake a task that could be used by students. The activities will be targeted towards Year 11 and 12 students, although teachers of Years 7-10 may also find it valuable.

Down load the flyer here.

Download the Word version of the registration form here.

For more information contact Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au