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Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, Minister for Energy and Mining

The State’s next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators will be nurtured through a new partnership between the South Australian Museum and the State government’s Department for Energy and Mining.

In celebration of Earth Science Week and this year’s theme ‘Geoscience Is for Everyone’, Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan announced the collaboration today, which will engage students in Earth and Environmental Sciences across all year levels.

“The South Australian Museum and the Department for Energy and Mining have a significant and enduring history in collaborating on community projects that raise awareness of the importance of the State’s mineral resources, its geology and the opportunities this natural wealth creates,” Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.

“As the sector is integral to the State’s current and future prosperity, it’s vital that we inspire the next crop of scientists, engineers and innovators to make new discoveries and to advance technology and innovation.

“Our investment in STEM learning is essential for a world that is rapidly changing and will enable our local industries to be well supported with local talent.”

The partnership will continue to deliver the Department’s “summer school” for senior students. It features visits to sites such as the world-renowned South Australia Drill Core Reference Library and access to the State’s leading geo and environmental scientists.

It also ensures geoscience is included in the South Australian Museum’s school holiday program and its remote APY Lands student program, and confirms the department’s involvement in major events such as Fossil Fest and Science Alive.

A specialist professional development program for the State’s science teachers will also be delivered, bolstering the Department’s commitment to encourage STEM learning and the Geoscience Pathways Project.

South Australian Museum Director Brian Oldman said this partnership provided a unique opportunity to tap into young people’s natural curiosity about the living world.

“This is an exciting collaborative education program focused on Earth and Environmental Sciences that supports teachers, schools and communities,” he said.

“Now, more than ever, we need to foster young people’s interest in science, in order to create pathways for our children to become caretakers of our world.

“Earth Sciences presents opportunities to teach children about geology, biology, evolution and scientific thinking – all through enquiry, discovery and play.”

Held between October 13 and 19, Earth Science Week promotes increased understanding and appreciation of Earth sciences and its impact in all people’s lives.

Tuesday 15 October 2019