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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) subjects and showing them some of the great careers built on science, engineering, maths and technology 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 close on Friday 17 January 2020

Selection criteria and online application via the Playford Trust website

Read the Minister for Energy and Mining's news release

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 Summer School, December 12-15 2019
  • South Australian Museum's school holiday program and remote APY Lands student program
  • Fossil Fest
  • Science Alive
  • a specialist professional development program for South Australia's science teachers

For more information:

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.

Forthcoming events

SACE Earth and Environmental Science implementation workshop
  • For stage 1 and 2 science teachers and science coordinators
  • Focus on practical aspsects of teaching earth and environmental science
  • 28 February 2020, South Australia Drill Core Reference Library at Tonsley
  • Free but registration essential

More information and registration

Mineral identification and rock classification
  • For year 8 Science and SACE Earth and Environmental Science teachers
  • Hands-on workshops on how to identify minerals and guidance on knowledge and skills needed to teach mineral identification
  • 15 April 2020, Marden Senior College, Marden South Australia

More information and registration

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