Earth Ed - Inspiring passion and excellence in science education

Earth Ed is an engaging specialist science and mathematics facility providing real world Earth Science educational experiences for Victorian students.

Focusing on Renewable Energy, Climate Science, Sustainability and Geology, our programs provide access to specialist scientific equipment, innovative digital resources, and promote a scientific inquiry approach to learning.

Students will meet an Earth Ed staff member at the bottom carpark of Mount Buninyong. We will then walk among native flora and fauna of the volcano’s crater where students will listen to a description of the geological history of Mount Buninyong and the region.

After a hike up the western side of the scoria cone, the next stop is the mountain’s fire tower where staff illustrate the local landscape and surrounds.

The final stop is a road cutting on the steep eastern side of the volcano where the soil and rock layers formed by successive eruptions are visible to the educated eye.

Earth Ed staff are happy to tailor the two hour guided tour to allow the students to have a morning/afternoon tea or lunch.

Maximum Students: 25

Suggested Student Level: Grade 4 to Year 9

Program Times: Weekdays 10:00am - 12:00pm and 12:30pm - 2:30pm (or as negotiated)

Students will be able to:

Identify the causes and after effects of major geological events.

Discuss the landscape of the Ballarat area in terms of soils.

Understand the geological events that have created Mount Buninyong and its surrounds.

Rock Around The Block is a walking tour of central Ballarat that explores the use of rock in building construction and decoration. It encourages appreciation of the geological heritage of some of the city’s most notable structures.

From the Ballarat Town Hall to the city’s Law Courts, Rock Around the Block takes students on a geological, architectural and historical journey through the magnificent Victorian streetscapes of the central business district.

Over the course of approximately two hours, students will investigate the rocks that have been used to construct the buildings, statues, monuments, tiling, footpaths and kerbing of Ballarat’s famous boulevards.

These materials were originally sourced from local Victorian quarries and as far away as the northernmost tip of Tuscany, Italy.

The unit has been adapted by Earth Ed from an original earth science activity that was developed by Federation University’s School of Science & Engineering.

Maximum Students: 25

Suggested Student Level: Grade 4 to Year 9

Program Times: Weekdays 10:00am - 12:00pm and 12:30pm - 2:30pm (or as negotiated)

Students are able to:

Identify and name different types of materials used in Ballarat’s structures, including basalt, slate, granite, ignimbrite, sandstone, marble, quartz, clay, limestone and asphalt.

Describe why each type of material was chosen to construct the buildings, statues, monuments, tiling, footpaths and kerbing.