The content of these sets has been derived in conjunction with Ross Wilson from the QCAA, based on the new Earth and Environmental Science curriculum from 2019.
The new specimen sets were displayed publically for the first time at the recent Science Week event at Southbank, receiving a great deal of attention, and a number of subsequent orders.
Following donations of material from a number of mining organisations, the GSAQ is currently developing a series of ‘Economic Suite’ sets, each containing both the ore and host rock sample for a particular commodity. To date these sets include –
- Coal (8)
- Iron ore (8)
- Copper / Base Metals (8)
A new set of rocks is also currently being assembled containing rocks of the Brisbane area, designed to accompany Warwick Willmott’s ‘Rocks and Landscapes’ series of booklets.
The sets are heavily subsidised, with the price for each set being $17.60 including GST. As such, these sets are available only to secondary schools for their classroom use, and are not available to the general public.