Education

The GA is committed to supporting lifelong learning. A number of new initiatives are being developed that will cater specifically for adult education in geology so please check back regularly for updates.

The Earth is a dynamic planet, and understanding its history and how the Earth, oceans and atmospheres work today has never been more important. In 2008, the GA also developed an educational programme (Your Planet Earth,www.earth4567.com) to coincide with the UNESCO Year of the Earth and the GA’s own 150th anniversary.

The core of YPE is a set of Powerpoint talks that may be used by anyone in speaking to school groups. Each talk carries a full commentary or script in the associated panels. A selection of the subjects covered are listed below:

Volcanoes
Dinosaurs
Natural Hazards
Plate Tectonics
Climate Change
The Ice Age Evolution

Under the expert guidance of Professor Mike Benton (former GA President), the talks have been conceived and designed by geoscientists Dr Jess Trofimovs at the University of Bristol (UK) and Dr Howard Falcon-Lang at Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), with extensive involvement from many colleagues. Aimed at the 14-15-years age group, they introduce key earth sciences subjects with a focus on current debate and basic science concepts.

We plan to develop the scheme by expanding the roster of talks, by preparing them all for a younger age group, probably ages 8 and 9, as well, and by focused promotion around schools and universities.

There is also a training module that may be used by instructors/ outreach coordinators in earth sciences institutes to train their students before they take the science show into schools. We strongly recommend that students are trained either through this module, or by some other qualified instructors.

We encourage free and extensive use of these materials. We have made every effort to confirm copyright of all images, and the talks are made available freely for educational use.

This initiative has been made possible through the backing of the GA, the Geological Society of London, and the Earth Science Educational Unit (ESEU), and funding from Shell.

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