Monday, October 20, 2008

Earth Science Week 2008: No child left inside

The winners of the Geologi08 short film competition were announced today to conclude Australian celebrations for Earth Science Week 2008.

Over 200 students participated in the national competition with entries from Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

Students had to submit a film based on one of three themes: Natural Hazards, Earth’s Resources or Deep Earth. We received films about volcanos, geysers, rock types and mineral resources.

The winners gathered in Canberra for the official award ceremony and public film screening event.

"The results this year were very impressive, and I hope some of these very talented young people will follow a career in the geoscience field," said Dr Neil Williams, CEO of Geoscience Australia.

Earth Science Week 2008 ran between 12 - 18 October, with the theme ’No child left inside’ encouraging young people to get off the couch, away from the computer and explore the world of science outside.

Earth Science Week began in spectacular fashion with an Open Day at the Geoscience Australia building in Symonston, Canberra on Sunday 12 October. Around 1200 visitors enjoyed the range of activities, displays and talks on offer. Visitors saw the Earth in 3D, toured the Geoscience Australia Operations Hub of the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning System, panned for gold and discovered some of the region’s local wonders at the ACT geology display.



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