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National Schools Geology Challenge

The next National Schools Geology Challenge will be on 19 March 2020. Regional heats will be taking place from September 2019.

Is your school group interested in entering? 

The 2019 Competition - 26 March 2019

The National Schools Geology Challenge Finals was attended by 11 teams of school students from across the UK. The day was packed full of fascinating talks and posters on an assortment of geological topics including 'Diamonds on the gas giants', 'Spacecanoes', ‘The Titanoboa's tale and 'Earth's depleting resources'.

Each of our judges also gave a talk on their area of geoscience covering: engineering geology, mining geology, sustainable development, teaching geology and petroleum exploration.

The Winners

The winning team were Altrincham Grammar School  (North West Regional Group) with their talk and poster on ‘Yellowstone’.

Altrincham Grammar School


Winners: Best Presentation

The students from Methodist College Belfast (Northern Ireland Regional Group) won the Presentation Award with their talk on ‘Fuel for thought’. 

Methodist College Belfast

Winners: Best Poster 

Aylesbury Grammar School (Home Counties North Regional Group) won the Poster Award with their poster on ‘The Titanoboa's tale’. 

Aylesbury Grammar School

Congratulations to the winning teams and to all of our finalists!

  • Sheffield High School (Yorkshire Regional Group)
    Diamond rain on the gas giants
  • Bexhill College (South East Regional Group)
  • Saffron Waldon (unable to attend final) (East Anglia Regional Group)
  • Truro School (South West Regional Group)
    Geothermal Energy
  • Whitchurch High School (South Wales Regional Group)
    My geological hero
  • Twycross House School (East Midlands Regional Group)
    Don't give ice the cold shoulder
  • Worcester Sixth Form College (West Midlands Regional Group)
    Carbon: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Radley College (Thames Valley Regional Group)
    The geology of wine
  • Cirencester College (Western Regional Group)
    Earth in the balance: a 50 year countdown

See photos of the 2019 Final 

Schools Geology Challenge 2018

About the Schools Challenge

The Geological Society Schools Challenge is aimed at years 12/13 (England and Wales)13/14 (Northern Ireland) and S5/S6 (Scotland).

For the challenge, teams of geology and geography students: 

  • produce a themed poster
  • present 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 winning team receives a trophy for their school with each student awarded one year's Junior Candidate Fellowship to the Society.

Studying geology A-Level is not a requirement to enter the competition. 

Science and geography students are equally welcome, so please do not be deterred if your school does not offer geology.

Heats are organised all over the UK through our network of Regional Groups

The winners go forward to the Schools geology Challenge Finals at the Geological Society in London.


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Previous Winners


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