Two girls holding rocks and speaking while another girl is recording on a  ipad

Rockumentary Learning Lab workshop

Museum Staff-led
Terms 1-2, Term 1: Tue & Wed
10.00am and 12.30pm
Term 2: Mon, Tue & Wed
>10.00am and 12.30pm
90 minutes
Year level
Years 7-10
Minmum student numbers
Minimum 15 students
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 30 students
Free for Government schools
Supported by the Department of Educationand Training

$375 per workshop plus booking fee for non government schools
Booking information
Bookings (03) 8341 7767

Every rock tells a story… from the history of our planet to the evolution of life on Earth.

For centuries, scientists have been studying rocks to understand more about the Earth. In this program, students become mini-geologist as they learn about different types of rocks and how geological processes of changes affect the Earth’s surface.

During the program students will work in small production teams to explore the Dynamic Earth exhibition and study the museum geology collection before researching and creating a short film about an element of the rock cycle. Students’ short films will then be compiled to create a class Rockumentary.

In addition to science understanding and science inquiry skills, students will build digital literacy skills and develop personal and social capabilities as they perform a variety of team roles and work collaboratively to produce a short film.

All equipment is provided during this museum staff-led program, and student Rockumentaries are made available to download at school.

The length of the program is 2 hours and takes place in Melbourne Museum’s Learning Lab Studio. All workshops in the Studio have a co-creative digital component and students may be filmed or photographed as part of their creative work. If teachers would like to receive the digital works they must ensure they have obtained relevant permissions from each student and each students’ legal guardian.

Please note that only 1 teacher/supervisor will be able to join students during this workshop due to physical distancing capacities.

Privacy Collection Notice

Museums Victoria collects the recordings and photographs of students, in order to provide them to you. If student guardians do not agree to this, we will not collect students’ recordings and photographs. Museums Victoria will store the recordings and photographs of students securely until the end of term, when they will be deleted. The recordings and photographs of students will not be shared with any other parties, except where Museums Victoria is required or authorised to do so by law.

Museum Victoria is committed to protecting personal information provided in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). For further details about how we handle personal information, please refer to our Privacy Policy or contact Museums Victoria’s Privacy Officer, GPO Box 666, Melbourne VIC 3001 or by email at [email protected].

Curriculum links

This is an interdisciplinary workshop that has links to the Science, English and Media Arts curriculum.

Years 7 & 8


  • Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales (VCSSU102)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems including identifying impacts and limitations of conclusions and using appropriate scientific language and representations (VCSIS113)


  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing, using body language, voice qualities and other elements to add interest and meaning (VCELY396)

Media Arts Practices

  • Plan, structure and design media artworks for a range of purposes that engage audiences using media elements, technologies and production processes (VCAMAM036)

Years 9 & 10


  • The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement (VCSSU127)
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (VCSIS140)


  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes (VCELY456)

Media Arts Practices

  • Plan, structure and design media artworks for a range of purposes that challenge the expectations of specific audiences by particular use of media elements, technologies and production processes (VCAMAM043)

Supported by

This program has been developed as part of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series. It is free for Victorian government schools, funded by the Department of Education and Training.

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