NSW Resources and Energy Department staff in Maitland are hoping more students will select earth science subjects after running an outreach program at University of Newcastle on Friday.
About 80 year 11 and 12 students participated in the event, which included talks on volcanoes, ecology and geophysics.
Event organiser Professor Marianne Bonnay said students had gained an insight into the dynamic career possibilities in the field.
‘‘It’s good for students to see what is happening in real life, and the kind of exciting careers they can have,’’ Dr Bonnay said.
The students from Warners Bay, Merewether, Lambton and Hunter School of the Performing Arts, learnt how to use a petrographic microscope as a diagnostic tool to study rocks.