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National Schools Geology Challenge

 Resources for schools

Key Stage 5 (A Levels / Highers) age 17-18

Secondary School Year 12-13 (England & Wales), Year 13-14 (Northern Ireland), S6 (Scotland)

Quick Links: Geological Society Resources | Resources from other organisations | School visits

Resources from the Geological Society

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Fact Sheets

Download our fact sheets for teachers, school students and anyone interested in the Earth. Topics range from volcanoes and earthquakes to groundwater, minerals, energy and UK geology.
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Anthropocene Activity Pack

Has human impact on the Earth contributed to a new epoch of geological time? Download resources from our schools event in Earth Science Week 2015.
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Lesson Plans

KS5 Earth science classroom activities:

Mineral Assessment | What grains can tell us
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Your Planet Earth: talks & practical exercises

Talks & discussion points for the 7-9 and 14-15-years age groups. Topics include volcanoes, dinosaurs, natural hazards, plate tectonics, climate change, oil and gas, geological time, rocks and minerals, Ice Ages, Evolution and the history of life.
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Geology Careers leaflet

Our careers leaflet / poster sets out the fields in which geologists work, and initial choices for school students planning a geology career. Download the leaflet or order a print copy.
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Posters

Free posters to download, ideal for displaying in schools.

Resources from other organisations

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Earth Learning Idea

Earth Learning Idea (ELI) publish Earth-related teaching ideas and practical resources every two weeks. Each activity is designed to create student participation for maximum learning, with most requiring minimal cost and equipment. They are fun, engaging and produce excellent learning outcomes!
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Discovering Geology: Resources from the BGS

Education resources from the British Geological Survey for schools and colleges, lifelong learners or anyone interested in the Earth. Topics include geological hazards, time, climate change and the geology of Britain. Install a seismometer in your school to detect earthquakes or explore UK geology with Minecraft.
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Virtual Experiments

Interactive animated experiments from the Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA). Topics include rock strength, metamorphism, resistivity, porosity, permeability, speed of cooling, boreholes and earthquakes.
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Fieldwork Skills & Techniques from ESTA

An online resource from the Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA) using video clips and UK examples to demonstrate practical techniques.
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Teaching Resources from Geology.com

Activities and lesson plans that can easily be modified for the classroom. Topics include astronomy, earthquakes and volcanoes, plate tectonics, erosion, water, maps, rocks and minerals, and weather.
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Ice Sheets and Sea Level Change

Education materials for teachers, students, and the general public, including worksheets on the drivers of sea-level change, and what sediments and microfossils tell us about past sea level.
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British Geological Survey Maps

Small and medium scale maps of UK geology, available for free in several formats. The iGeology smartphone app lets you take geological maps wherever you go. The Online Viewer includes maps, borehole scans, earthquakes & 3D models. The Maps Portal has high resolution scans of maps and sections, including 1:63,360/1:50,000 scale maps of England, Wales & Scotland.

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Earthquake Teachable Moments from IRIS

Free resources, presentations and classroom insight on recent significant earthquakes, from Incorporated Research Organisations for Society, a consortium of US universities.

School resources by level & age

Key Stages, GCSEs and A Levels refer to the National Curriculum taught in England, Wales & Northern Ireland; Levels, Standards and Highers refer to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

Arrange for a geologist to visit your school

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Geobus

Geobus St Andrews and Geobus UCL visit schools in Scotland and London, providing Earth science resources and teaching.