Since 2020, more than 1,200 of the popular Gold Resources Kits have been delivered to primary and secondary schools across all States and Territories as well as libraries, bringing gold focussed history, science, mathematics and sustainability lessons to thousands of students and teachers.
The exclusive Gold Resources Kits, which feature gold and rock samples from Australian gold mines, and a variety of STEM and career resources linked to the Australian Curriculum, are exposing and exciting students about the infinite opportunities in Australia’s diverse gold sector.
“Thank you for making gold real for my students – they were very surprised to learn how gold plays a big part in their day, but they had no idea how or why. I have passed the kit on to our school Science teacher and she is delighted to have real specimens to use in her classes,” Bletchley Park Primary Year 5 Teacher Michelle Davies.
111 hands-on STEM Gold Class Sessions have been delivered by gold industry workers at 25 primary and 23 secondary schools across Perth, Kalgoorlie, Kambalda, Norseman and Boddington, which all received enthusiastic feedback from both teachers and students.
“The Gold Session was fantastic! Our presenter, Kirsty, was fantastic and engaging! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!” Hannans Primary School Year 4 Teacher Rachel Skellett.
“I thought it was excellent. Informative presentation followed by an engaging STEM activity. Thanks!” Year 5 Teacher Derren Murphy.
Developed in conjunction with Australian Earth Science Education, the Sessions provide students in Years 4, 5 and 6 with workplace scenarios where they use problem-solving skills to move a gold bar using a pulley system and learn how safety is paramount. Secondary school students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 closely analyse geological and geophysical maps to identify an area with potential for gold mining.
The Gold Industry Group Chair and Gold Class Facilitator Kelly Carter said she was delighted to see the Program attracting such a high volume of interest and demand for further engagement.
“The response we have seen to the Program to date is testament to the strong connection our community has to the Australian gold sector and presents a huge opportunity to engage with our workforce of the future on the wide range of opportunities available.