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Partnering with industry, universities, TAFE, government and the South Australian Museum to provide STEM opportunities for students in earth sciences

Encouraging students to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and showing them some of the great careers built on these subjects will help secure the future economic and environmental health of South Australia, supporting local industries and keeping the state competitive on the international stage.

Career and education initiatives

Scholarship program

The South Australian Government has partnered with the resources industry and the Playford Trust to provide a $2 million scholarship program for students undertaking mining and petroleum engineering courses during the next six years.

The program is designed to foster a growing resources sector in South Australia, with increasing exploration, mining, mineral processing and the related supply chain activities crucial to achieving the Government's 3 per cent growth target as outlined in their Growth State plan

About the program

  • Ten scholarships of $10,000 per year for two years
  • Open to students enrolling in mining and petroleum engineering at The University of Adelaide
  • Students must commence first year of study in 2020
  • Applications closed Friday 14 February 2020
  • More information including selection criteria available from the Playford Trust website

Read the Minister for Energy and Mining's news release (12 December 2019): Scholarships to help drive Growth State agenda

Partnership with South Australian Museum

The Department for Energy and Mining has partnered with the South Australian Museum to engage students in earth and environmental sciences across all year levels, nurturing the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.

Learning opportunities for students and educators include:

  • Earth and Environmental Science Summer School
  • South Australian Museum's school holiday program and remote APY Lands student program
  • Fossil Fest - discover how ancient fossils can shape our understanding of the world we live in, with free hands-on activities, talks, performances and trails for children and families
  • Science Alive - the largest mobile science exhibition in Australia, bringing together the big names in science and technology it really is all kinds of awesome
  • a specialist professional development program for South Australia's science teachers

Read Minister for Energy and Mining's news release (15 October 2019): New partnership set to inspire SA's next rock stars

COVID-19 update

In line with Government advice, the South Australian Museum is acting to mitigate any risk posed to the community by COVID-19. Because of this they have cancelled all Museum education activities and are not able to take any education-related bookings at this time. They will review the situation after 30 April 2020.

  • You can request to join the Museum mailing list.
  • Email education@samuseum.sa.gov.au if you have any non-booking related education enquiries.

The Museum looks forward to welcoming schools back as soon as Government advice permits. For more information visit the South Australian Museum's website

Geoscience Pathways Project

The Department for Energy and Mining provides sponsorship to the Geoscience Pathways Project, an incorporated body of teachers, academics and geoscientists who support the teaching of earth and environmental sciences to secondary schools in South Australia.

Dates to be updated in line with COVID-19 Government advice

SACE Earth and Environmental Science implementation workshop
  • Workshop to be rescheduled in line with COVID-19 Government advice
  • More information
Mineral identification and rock classification
  • Workshop to be rescheduled in line with COVID-19 Government advice
  • More information

Careers in mining and energy resources video

  • Developed in partnership between the South Australian Government Mineral Resources and Energy Resources Divisions, the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) and the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) the seven minute video
  • Highlights the broad scope of job opportunities in the mining and energy resources industries
  • Features young men and women working in a wide cross section of the mining, oil and gas sectors speaking frankly about their job and the things they work on
  • Suitable for viewing in the classroom, lecture theatre or at home.

For more information, contact:

Resource Information Centre
Phone: 8463 3000
Email: resources.customerservices@sa.gov.au