Rock-solid resources for ViSN online teaching and learning

15 June 2021

Students in CEWA Virtual Schools Network (ViSN) Earth and Environmental Science classes are now better equipped for their studies, thanks to the support of Australian Earth Science Education (AusEarthEd).

AusEarthEd have curated 42 rock kits with samples of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock for the classes, who work online from across the State, including regional locations.

The samples were a generous donation, sourced from the University of Western Australia’s Earth Sciences teaching collection, and made possible through the Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum.

The team at Geological Survey of WA’s core library in Carlisle volunteered their time to cut larger and rarer samples, to ensure there were enough for all students.

CEWA Virtual School Program Manager, Meredith Roe, said the kits would be loaned to ViSN students.

“Year 11 and 12 students will be able to use these rock samples as part of their Earth and Environmental Science course studies – they will be a great resource to enrich their learning as they work collaboratively online with classmates across WA,” she said.

“We are really grateful to ViSN Earth and Environmental Science Teacher, Sarah Taylor-Fuller, who has been instrumental in making this valuable resource available for the students,”

Jo Watkins (Australia Earth Science Education), Angela Tanham (ViSN, CEWA) and Marion Cahill (Australia Earth Science Education) with the rock kits at the Catholic Education Office in Leederville.

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