Australian Science Teachers’ Association (ASTA) Teacher Geology Professional Development Tour
Hawai’i, Oahu & the Big Island
22 SEPTEMBER – 30 SEPTEMBER 2018
This unique, curriculum linked tour, specifically designed for Science teacher professional development, couldn’t be set in a more extraordinary location. Hawaii has three active volcanoes and more than ten extinct volcanoes – part of a volcano chain that runs all the way to Kamchatka, Russia. Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where visitors can
come face to face with an active volcano. With an expert guide on board, you will discover parts of Hawaii that you never knew existed.
- Gain confidence and new techniques in teaching Geology, including fieldwork preparation
- Make connections between the classroom and the real world to share with your students
- Tour is escorted by award winning secondary teacher and Geologist Suzy Urbaniak, who will provide expert
- Take a Lava Boat ride to see the lava entering the Pacific Ocean, an unforgettable sight (extra charge may apply)
- See the olive green sand at Papakolea (Green Sand Beach), which gets its colour from olivine crystals
created by volcanic eruptions
- Walk on newly formed crust, steps away from flowing lava
- Drive from sea level to over 4,000 metres in around 2 hours
- Experience the Zipline Tour of the Umauma Falls (optional)
- Explore one of the island’s best kept secrets, a volcano where you can see craters, eruptive fissures, lava tunnels,
spatter ribbon, cinders and much more
- View the late stage rift between the two shield volcanoes – Waianae and Koolau
- Hike the world’s most recognised volcanic crater – Diamond Head
- Participants will receive certification of participation in curriculum linked professional learning referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for teachers
Hawaii – Aina o ke ahi
(Land of Fire)
This unique, curriculum linked tour, specifically designed for Science teacher professional development, couldn’t be set in a more extraordinary location. Hawaii has three active volcanoes and more than ten extinct volcanoes – part of a volcano chain that runs all the way to Kamchatka, Russia. Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where visitors can come face to face with an active volcano. With an expert guide on board, you will discover parts of Hawaii that you never knew existed.
The Lava Boat ride is an experience unlikely to be forgotten, as is the opportunity to explore an active volcano that has been continuously erupting since 1983. Stand on the freshest earth in the world as you walk over a town that was completely buried by lava. Each day of the tour includes hand on experiences aligned to the curriculum, giving you
an exceptional opportunity to increase your knowledge of Geology and expand your teaching practice. You may even want to take your students on an experiential learning tour of their own!
Join ASTA and Latitude Group Travel for this fabulous opportunity to develop your Geology knowledge, taking away valuable, worthwhile information for your own students and classroom practice in one of the world’s most beautiful environments.
Depart Australia. Arrive Honolulu airport early a.m. Transfer for your flight to Hilo, the Big Island. Meet your coach and driver/guide. Enjoy a unique experience at Umauma Falls (optional).Visit the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Centre and beautiful Coconut Beach. Spend the evening at Mauna Kea Observatory
Visit the Lava Tree State Monument on the way to see the lava at Kalapana – stand on ground as little as a day old. Explore the Hot Springs then see where lava enters the Pacific Ocean on a Lava Boat Tour (an extra cost may apply depending on numbers)
Visit to the world famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park including the Kilauea Iki Trek, the Devastation Trail, Chain of Craters Road, the Jaggar Museum and much more
Travel to Papakolea (Green Sand Beach) and Punalu’u (Black Sand Beach) with plenty of geology along the way including an analysis of the coast line
Visit Waipio Valley, Kohala Volcano, Pololu Valley and Hawi. Explore Hulalai and see the lava tunnels, eruptive fissures and much more. Enjoy a Luau Feast and show tonight at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
This morning fly to Oahu. Visit the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and hike the Diamond Head Trail this afternoon
More time to explore Oahu including the Koko Crater Tramway walk and beautiful Hanumea Bay (perhaps for some snorkelling)
Flight back to Australia
Arrive home to Sydney, Australia. Take your domestic flight back to your home city (own cost)
BIOGRAPHY OF YOUR EXPERT GUIDE – SUZY URBANIAK
BSc (Hons) Geology Dip.Ed Secondary Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists
Winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools
Suzy is the 2016 winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Dip Ed Secondary.
Suzy loves rocks and climbs volcanoes in her spare time. She has always been passionate and curious about the Earth, its wonders and how it works. Suzy graduated with honours from ANU in 1988 and started work as a geologist in the Great Sandy Desert, WA at the Telfer Gold Mine. She found some ‘ounces’ and thoroughly enjoyed the implementation of the scientific process to find new ore deposits. After a stint in Kalgoorlie, she then became a single mother to 3 boys and spent many years doing various, short term jobs to support her family.
Teaching science and promoting geoscience literacy became her career pathway from 2004. In her classes, students are scientists. They learn how to think, problem solve and create solutions to situations. Suzy’s motto is #therealclassroom and science is about ‘doing’ not passively completing work sheets or prescriptive science practicals. Her learning environment is analogous to an industry work situation and the students work collaboratively in a project based learning scenario.
Field trips are a significant component of her teaching-learning practices. Students are visual learners and it is through these experiences that they understand how theoretical science applies to real world context. It is through this process that she believes science learning is fun!
An advocate of trans-disciplinarian, STEAM based learning, Suzy ensures that her students are exposed to external events and programs so that they also develop their enterprising skills.
Suzy maintains her industry networks and is abreast of technological developments within industry. Her role as Chair of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, WA Branch, helps promote this association.
OPEN THEIR EYES TO A WORLD OF POSSIBILITY
We’re committed to helping teachers and their students bring the Geology and Earth and Environmental Science to life, by creating memorable and unique experiences. While this tour is for Geology, we can develop a tour for any of the Sciences or STEM subjects. And remember – if you are not located in Australia, we can develop an itinerary for your curriculum too.
Earth and Environmental Science
Environmental Systems and Societies S/L