National Gold Education Program
The Gold Industry Group (GIG)’s National Gold Education Program provides teachers with access to free, interactive gold demonstrations delivered by passionate workers in Australia’s gold industry, as well as exclusive Gold Resources Kits.
Students will learn all about gold, its value, relevance and opportunities, from industry professionals through hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities designed for Upper Primary (Years 4-6) and Lower Secondary (Years 7–10) classes.
The primary activity engages students by using pulleys to move heavy loads, replicating machinery often used in gold mining. The secondary activity involves using geophysical maps to explore for gold deposits. These activities have been developed in conjunction with Earth Science Western Australia. Students will also explore the free Heart of Gold Australia app, featuring interactive gold games activities.
Each interactive one-hour session can be presented to a single class of up to 32 students at a time. This unique program is available for free to schools across Australia; however, bookings are essential.
Book a Gold Session
COVID-19 UPDATE: Our highest priority at the Gold Industry Group is to ensure the safety and well-being of our members’ and the wider community. Following advice from the Australian Government regarding COVID-19, we will be postponing all gold sessions until Term 3 and 4 of this year. You can request a session from 20 July and we will be contact within due course to confirm your booking. In the meantime, free gold educational resources are available on our website.
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Book a free, interactive Gold Session with a gold-class facilitator in regions across Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, and receive a complimentary Gold Resources Kit.
This program was launched in Term 4 2019 and will expand into other areas as more facilitators are trained around Australia. If your school is not currently in the areas of service, you can order a complimentary Gold Resources Kit below.
Gold Resources Kit
The Gold Industry Group’s free, exclusive Gold Resources Kits are also on offer as part of the national program, with a range of tools linked to the Australian Curriculum including large rock and gold samples from gold mines in Victoria and Western Australia. The kit provides teachers with a variety of unique learning tools and local samples to excite students about Australia’s diverse gold sector.
Each Kit includes Shale rock, Dolerite rock, Gneiss rock, Pegmatite rock, Basalt rock, a gold leaf vial, geological hand lens, teacher’s guide and student materials.
Please note if you book a Gold Session you will receive a complimentary Kit.
Our free Heart of Gold Australia app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play, provides a range of interactive activities that students can use from any location, including the Discover Gold game. The app also features the Perth and Kalgoorlie Heart of Gold Discovery Trails, and although the trails may not be possible to walk at this time, the virtual tours are accessible from any location.
Additional gold educational resources are available on the Gold Industry Group website including lessons plans linked to the Australian Curriculum, developed by Earth Science WA for Upper Primary (Year 4 and 5) and Lower Secondary (Year 7-9) students.
About the Gold Industry Group
The Gold Industry Group (GIG) is a not-for-profit, member-based association dedicated to growing and supporting the gold sector and communities across Australia. We develop educational and community initiatives that deliver long-term outcomes and drive positive change.
Program Participating Members
AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Gold Fields, Gold Road Resources, Kirkland Lake Gold, Newcrest Mining, Northern Star Resources, Westgold Resources, Ramelius Resources, Regis Resources and ABC Refinery.