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The Mineral and Energy Resources Divisions partner with a diverse network across industry, universities, TAFE, government, incorporated bodies and South Australia's schools to provide STEM opportunities for students in Earth Science

Encouraging students to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and showing them some of the great careers built on science, engineering, maths and technology will help secure the state's future. By igniting this interest at school level we anticipate an increase in the number of students taking up STEM subjects in higher education and in their careers to keep Australia competitive on the international stage.

Increased STEM participation will also enhance communities, providing the scientific understanding required to address some of the most challenging development and sustainability issues that we face, and ensuring informed decisions and the future prosperity of our state.

As part of our commitment to enhancing STEM opportunities for young people in South Australia the Mineral and Energy Resources Divisions offer a free education service delivered by renowned educators in Earth Science including:

Careers in mining and energy video

Developed in partnership with the South Australian Government Mineral Resources and Energy Resources Divisions, RESA and SACOME the seven minute video highlights the broad scope of job opportunities in mining and energy. It features young men and women working in a wide cross section of the mining, oil and sectors speaking frankly about their job and the things they work on.

Suitable for classrooms, viewing at home or at tertiary level.

Community Education Officer

John Mignone, DMITRE Mineral Resources Division Education Officer, receiving the ASEG Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award February 2012John Mignone, the Government of South Australia's Mineral Resources Division Community Education Officer, has been awarded the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists' prestigious and rarely presented Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award to recognise his promotion of geophysics to students and the wider community.

"John’s activity and influence has international reach. He has taught countless thousands of students. Many current geologists,geophysicists and environmentalists were inspired by him in their early lives and now work around the world,” Andrew said.

John’s work has involved visits to schools throughout South Australia to teach the fun of learning geology and geophysics, as  well as the interaction between resource activities, communities and the environment.

Of receiving the Lindsay Ingall Memorial award John said: “The International Society of Exploration Geophysicists has a membership of 32,000 worldwide, so to be presented with this award is a real honour -  especially because this is the first time the Society has presented an award to a non-member.”

The Award was presented at the Society’s 22nd International Geophysical Convention and Exhibition before 300 hundred geophysicists in February 2012.

For his services to the community in resource education, John has also been awarded the Centenary Medal for Education in 2001 and South Australia’s Science Communication Award in 1999. His creativity and insights in producing the educational package – Resources working for the Right Balance, was honoured with an Australian Gold Serif Award in 1997.

The Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award honours the memory of Lindsay Ingall, acknowledged for his capacity to cross geoscience boundaries and for his enduring commitment to assist geoscientists across Australia.

For more information, contact:

John Mignone
Community Education Officer
Phone: 0401 122 059
John.Mignone@sa.gov.au