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Become a 21st Century Earth Scientist! 

Studying Earth Sciences with ESV will take you on a ‘rocky’ journey using tools from physics, chemistry, biology, geography, chronology and mathematics to build a quantitative understanding of how the Earth works and evolves.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn about the way Earth Science affects our everyday lives, including exploring concepts connected to meteorology, hydrology, seismology and geology, and their application to real-world data, problems and predictions.
The course is structured around five core topics:

  • Solar System
    Where do we belong in the universe?
  • Earth Spheres
    Biosphere, Hydrospere, Cryosphere, Magnetosphere, Lithosphere
  • Plate Tectonics
    Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis
  • Identification of Minerals & Rocks
  • Geological Time
    Ice Age, Gondwana


Students will be required to complete on average 1 hour of homework per week for the duration of this course.


For successful completion of this unit students will be required to submit the following tasks:  

  • Rock and Mineral Identification.
  • Validity analysis of Geological representation in Hollywood blockbusters.
  • Geologic Time Activity.
  • Geological Interpretation in own Geographic area.
  • Text Hover


The Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

In this course, students will explore the world of fractals, multiple dimensions, irrational numbers and their relationship with the natural world, the mathematics of paper folding and topology, the nature of mathematics itself, as well as the complexities of infinity.

Brainstorm: Big Ideas in Neuroscience

Brainstorm: Big Ideas in Neuroscience will tackle what we already know about the brain and how cutting edge technologies are changing this, using a mix of videos, discussion, practical activities, guest speakers, group and individual work.


Bioinformatics explores how we use technology to understand DNA and genetic codes. Students will examine the structure and function of the cell, DNA and proteins, the development and uses of genetic technology.

Synchrotron Science

Captivating students’ personal interests and building from a highly accessible, first principles approach into the development of genuine understanding, Synchrotron Science will dive into the physics, properties and scientific applications of the synchrotron.

Frontiers of Physics

In Frontiers of Physics, students journey through the Universe where they explore the phenomenon of black holes, quasars, dark matter and dark energy. We discuss how stars, the solar system and other objects are formed and link this to the likelihood of life existing on these objects.


Nanotechnology is the study of the world at a scale that is larger than the atom but smaller than a bacteria. In this course, students will engage in a range of activities to gain an understanding of the nano-scale and establish the difference between bulk properties and nano scale properties.