Mawson and Minerals

Mawson the hero, explorer and geologist. This program at the South Australian Museum is linked to the Australian Curriculum:Science strand Earth and Space Science. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 investigate the displays about Sir Douglas Mawson and his role as a ‘hero and explorer’ in Antarctica as well as learning about how sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are formed. Students interpret the displays and discover how scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available eg. the theory of plate tectonics.

Prior knowledge

Investigate how rocks and minerals are formed and prior knowledge about Mawson and Antarctica.

What to bring

Download the inquiry cards from SA Museum website.

South Australian Museum

Term 1-4

South Australian Museum, Mawson and Mineral gallery, Level 3

To be negotiated on booking

Level: 7, 8, 9
Area: HASS - Geography, HASS - History, Science

Type: Program
Cost: Free
Participants: Maximum of 30 students
Duration: 60 minutes

School bookings

ALL school visits must be booked in advance.

School visit booking form

(Link to website)

Organising your visit

See the South Australian Museum web site for information on how to support your visit.


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