Earth and Space Studies

Why should I study Earth and Space Studies?

Studying the captivating fields of Space Science and Geology offers a unique opportunity to unravel the mysteries of the universe while exploring the geological wonders of our own planet and beyond. By delving into these cross-disciplinary subjects, we can gain profound insights into the intricate connections between Earth and space.

South Australia, home to the Australian Space Agency, lies at the heart of the thriving space industry in Australia. As the government aims to triple the size of the sector and generate thousands of new jobs by 2030, this region provides an ideal backdrop for studying the intersection of geology and space science.

In this SACE Stage 2 course, students will experience a hands-on and practical approach, delving into the geological processes and materials found both on Earth and celestial bodies. By examining the formation of planets, moons, and asteroids, students will gain a deeper understanding of the geological forces that shape our universe.

This course presents numerous opportunities to collaborate with industry professionals and organisations within the space sector, enabling students to apply their geologic knowledge to real-world space exploration and resource extraction endeavours.

If you possess a passion for both the skies and the Earth beneath your feet, this course offers an ideal platform to merge these interests. Explore the fascinating overlap between geology and space science, unlock the secrets of our universe’s geological history, and contribute to the advancements of space exploration. Immerse yourself in a captivating journey of discovery by studying the cross-disciplinary field of Earth and Space Science.

Where does Earth and Space Studies lead?

  • Avionics Technician
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Mining Engineering
  • Environmental scientist
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Astronaut
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Scientist
  • Project Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Space Law
  • Intelligent Game Development

What work will I do in Earth and Space Studies?

Being in control of your own learning is a key part of this course, as you are expected to be able to be able to research, design and develop practicals in the field of your own choosing. A big part of the course is also to take a deep look into current materials and industrial issues and assess the needs of our growing society.

The course is divided up into Group Projects (a series of research assignments and field assignments) and Commentaries (where students are asked to complete reflections and discussions about guest speakers and excursions). Students will also complete presentations about their work and research. Stage 2 also includes an externally assessed series of analyses where students respond to materials prepared by their teacher and interpret and manipulate data.

Both the summative (graded) and formative (non-graded) tasks in this course require you to develop science inquiry skills, critical and creative thinking skills and scientific communication skills, as there is a heavy emphasis on analysing information, testing ideas and sharing information with others (both through discussions and writing).

What do other students think about Earth and Space Studies?

All of the field trips and the camp really put ‘Earth Science’ into perspective for me. Firstly, I realised that being in the field is something that I enjoy, but it also really meant that I could understand the concepts better because I could see them for real – not just from a picture in a book or on the web.

Georgia – now studying Science at the University of Adelaide

This subject has really opened up my love of science – I had no idea it could be so much fun and engaging.

Billy – now studying Earth Science at the University of Adelaide

I had no idea Earth Science was so practical – this has now become my favourite aspect.

Ahmed – now studying Earth Science at the University of Adelaide

Where can I find more information about Earth and Space Studies?

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