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Secondary Resources

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Oresome Resources

Oresome Resources provides free on line resources with links to the Australian National Curriculum including powerpoints, fact sheets, units of works, interactives and virtual tours. Topics covered include: Geology, Mining, Minerals Processing, Environmental Management, Coal and Low Emission Technologies, Energy, Rocks and Minerals. Check out the new free interactive Minerals Downunder.

Down to Earth

Down to Earth is a series of four rich science-based interactive educational resources for Secondary students utilising the Australian minerals industry as a context for self directed learning.


Undercover is the latest addition to the Down to Earth Series where students take on the role of environmental engineer. They undertake a virtual geology tour and interact with a team of regolith scientists, skilled in using remote sensing techniques.

Rock Back in Time

In this learning object, users choose a rock sample and find out how it was formed millions of years ago. For example, how coal was formed in a swampy forest. Explore the Earth’s surface at the time when the rock formed. Look at maps, landscapes, living things and environments. Compare temperatures and sea levels with those of today. Explore how geological forces are changing the Earth’s surface. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.


In this learning object, users travel back in time and see how the Australian continent has changed. They can find out when glaciers were common on the Australian mainland, look at maps, landscapes, living things and environments over the last 545 million years, compare past temperatures and sea levels with those of today and explore which forces are changing the Earth’s surface. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Metals Matter

In this learning object, students examine everyday things around a house to find out which metals they contain. For example, the inner part of a microwave oven contains aluminium, copper, iron and manganese. Students will also investigate the properties of each metal to explain why they are suited to particular uses, work out how much of each metal is needed to make a particular product and calculate supplies of resources needed to meet global demand. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Commodity Fact Sheets

Provided by the Minerals Council of Australia. They have been prepared in collaboration with Geoscience Australia and contain information about major mineral commodities and Australia's minerals industry.

Suitable for Yr 7 — 12

Oresome Froth

Students become 'virtual metallurgists' and undertake on the job training, conduct experiments, alter variables and examine the consequences, assess the cost and environmental impact of their actions and interact with on-site staff to discover more about a range of careers.

This interactive is also suitable for chemistry teachers to use for demonstrating the importance of chemistry and highlighting job opportunities in the minerals industry.


Free copies available via email request.


A step-by-step environmental education resource providing a 'template' for schools to develop and implement a School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP).

The EnviroSmart process assists students in conducting audits and develop action plans on air, energy, land, waste and water management in the school environment.

It can be used as a co-ordinating tool for projects such as Air Watch, Water Watch, Home Energy, Waste Wise, and Keeping Australia Beautiful.

The Envirosmart online resource includes: Student activities, links to State/Territory curriculum guidelines, case studies of environmental management at mine sites Australia wide, contacts and website links.

Virtual Tour of Mine Site

Tour Iluka Resources Murray Basin Mineral Sands operation.


SMART – a free online tool which supports classroom teaching and learning in maths, science and business studies for children aged 12-16. Young learners or interested teachers can access interactive whiteboard presentations, printable lesson plans, worksheets and case studies. To access SMART, visit www.smart.riotinto.com

Victorian Mineral Fact Sheets

Victorian Minerals industry sites