Rocks, Minerals and Exploration

Everything we use in our day-to-day lives, from computers to dinner plates, contain mineral resources – but what are minerals and where do they come from?

You’ll find us in toothpaste and smartphones, PlayStations and burger patties. You use us for currency and construction, jewellery and farming. Without us, life on Earth wouldn’t exist. What are we?


This program is designed to engage students in hands-on learning to spark curiosity and appreciation for one of Earth’s most valuable resources – rocks and their minerals. This program is designed to spark interest and curiosity through three hands-on activities: participants will experience the modern mining techniques of the Ballarat Gold Mine, explore the diversity of minerals and their uses in the 21st century, and prospect for riches in the Woowookarung regional park.

This program focuses on real-world applications of geological knowledge.

In this program students will:

  • explore the relationship between rocks and their minerals
  • recognise features of different minerals and use a key to identify them.
  • explore modern exploration and extraction techniques used in mining and prospecting.

Please note one session of this program will take place in Woowookarung National Park, directly across the road from Earth Ed. Students and teachers should be aware that they will be out in the weather (sun/rain/wind etc) for this session.

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