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National Schools Geology Challenge 2017

National Schools Geology Challenge

The National Schools Geology Challenge is now in its 6th year.

Teams of science, geography and geology students produce a themed poster, develop a 5 minute presentation on their chosen (geology related) topic to a panel of leading geologists from academia and industry and then compete in a geological quiz. The Challenge is aimed at years 12/13 (England and Wales), 13/14 (Northern Ireland) or S5/S6 (Scotland).

2017 Final approaching

Heats are organised all over the UK through our network of Regional Groups, and the winners go forward to the National Final at Burlington House on Wednesday 3 May 2017.

If you are participating in the 2017 challenge, the rules are available to download from the box on this page. If you have any queries about the 2017 final please contact Amy Ball (

The 2017 Finalists are:

The 2016 Final and winners

Teams of students from 8 schools attended the 2016 National Final on 25 April, hosted by Paul Maliphant.

Winners: Altrincham Grammar School

The winning team from Altrincham Grammar School represented the North West Regional Group with their talk on 'Diamonds: Secrets of the Earth'.


Judges Presentation Award: Wells Cathedral School

Judges Poster Award:  Methodist College Belfast
Meteor Airbursts


Congratulations to the winning teams and the other finalists:

  • Aylesbury Grammar School
  • Beauchamp College
  • Bishop Wordsworth and South Wilts joint 6th Form
  • Sheffield High School
  • Whitchurch High School

View more photos from the 2016 Final

Early Career Geologist Award 2017


The National Schools' Geology Challenge is held jointly with the Early Career Geologist Award, aimed at geoscientists in the early stages of their careers. Both awards share a National final.