Earth Ed - Inspiring passion and excellence in science education

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

Our programs provide access to specialist scientific equipment, innovative digital resources, and promote a scientific inquiry approach to learning.

robocup logoThe 3rd Robocup Ballarat Regional Competition will be held at EarthEd, Olympic Avenue, Mt. Clear on Friday 20th June.

Registration on the day opens at 9.00am, with competition commencing at 9.30am and concluding at 2.30pm.

This event will be our largest yet, with Primary and Secondary students from across the region competing in Dance and Soccer.

We are also conducting a Rescue workshop on the day, which will allow experienced students to fine tune their robots for upcoming competitions and those new to Rescue, the opportunity to learn the basics.

Read more: RoboCup Junior Ballarat Regional

murrayWelcome back to Term 2 at Earth Ed. This year has shown a rapid growth in our bookings with Term 2 closed and bookings for terms 3 and 4 filling fast, so if you are planning to visit us in second semester please contact us as soon as you are able to ensure that your class gets to experience Earth Ed programs in 2014.

We have recently contracted Mr Murray Norman as our "Geologist in Residence". Murray has worked extensively as a geologist with a number of companies and is currently completing post graduate work in Hydrology. Along with Mr Steve O'loughlin, our senior Geologist, Murray has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our Geology programs.

Our Wind Turbine Design program has recently expanded to now include the Mount Mercer wind farm in our tour program. Ballarat High school year seven students were the first group to experience an Earth Ed guided tour of Meridian Energy Australia's facilities at Mt Mercer. We thank Meridian Energy Australia for the opportunity to be able to include their wind farm in our program and also Acciona Energy for its continued support in making the Waubra Wind farm available to us for educational programs.

The Wind Turbine Design program supports the level 7 Science AusVels statement:-
Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)

Some spaces are still available in Wind Turbine Design for second semester.
Why not enquire about our Renewable Energy outreach programs that utilize our Renewable Energy trailer?

rift dinosaursPeering inside volcanoes, scaling wind turbines and walking with dinosaurs may soon become reality at Earth Ed, well virtually anyway.  Earth Ed is leading the introduction of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality system into science education through the development of stimulating virtual experiences for students.  The 'Rift' uses custom tracking technology to provide 360° head tracking, allowing students to seamlessly look around a virtual world just as they would in real life. Every subtle movement of the head is tracked in real time creating a natural experience in full 3D.

We see enormous potential in this new technology in bringing science experiences to students that were previously unachievable. We are currently working with developers to build the first educational volcano experience where students will climb to the crater and observe a real-life simulation of an active volcano.  Immersing students in the latest learning technologies is one of our centre's key focus areas and the pending arrival of the Oculus Rift technology makes Earth Ed a pacesetter in this field.

To find out more about the Oculus Rift, visit: http://www.oculusvr.com/rift/