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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Young Environmentalists Switch on to Internet


November 1, 1996
(143/96)

Australian teachers and school children have been given greater access to environmental information with the release of two new advances on the Internet.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has officially launched EnviroQuiz and the Australian Environmental Education Network Internet homepage at the Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide.

Senator Hill says the new developments are a reflection of the demand from young people for information about their environment.

"Young Australians have really been in the vanguard of the move toward a more environmentally aware community.

"They are becoming increasingly involved in the management of their environment through programs such as Waterwatch.

"As a result of this interest and involvement, they are demanding an increasingly higher level of information about the environment.

"Teachers are also needing better access to information to help meet this demand."

Senator Hill says the new Internet advances will help link teachers and students with the information they need.

"EnviroQuiz is like a paperless text book, designed to lead students through a quiz game based on environmental information available on the net."

"The game targets players from kindergarten to year 12 as they follow a series of graded questions and activities through environmental information on the web.

"EnviroQuiz draws on information found on the Federal Environment Department's Australian Environment On-line Service web site."

Senator Hill says the Australian Environmental Education Network homepage will target teachers who want to know more about environmental education.

"The homepage will allow teachers access to environmental resources on the web categorised by school age group and topic area.

"Current school and community environmental materials and programs produced by both Federal and State Environment and Education Departments are available through the Network.

"The homepage also links with tertiary resources and includes a bulletin board for the exchange of ideas.

"Accessing freely available environmental information on the Internet will help students, teachers and the community make informed decisions about the management of our environment."

Senator Hill has also presented the Headmaster of Pulteney Grammar School with a satellite image which is to become part of that school's Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) materials.

GLOBE is an international science and education program coordinating the work of students, teachers, and scientists to study and understand the global environment, using the Internet.

Where do you find EnviroQuiz and the Network? http://www.erin.gov.au/net/aeen.html

Contacts: Ministerial - Matt Brown, 06 2777640 or 0419 693 515
Departmental: Belinda Willcocks, 06 2741704 or Barry Duncan 06 2741382.

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Commonwealth of Australia