Summary Page: Antarctica - cool science in action
Term 4 starting 31 October 2017.
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At the end of 2017, you will be going to a place that has fascinated explorers and scientists for over 100 years; Antarctica. Unlike early adventurers, you won't be sailing there - you will be flying on a C17 Globemaster that will land on the Antarctic sea ice! it will be about -20°C and your first steps will fill your senses to overflowing: your eyes getting accustomed to the bright light, the weird sound your boots make on dry snow, strange sensations as the snot in your nose freezes, nothing man-made toward the horizon to help you judge distance, the thought that you and the 265 tonne Globemaster are sitting on 1.5m of ice over sea water hundreds of metres deep - and that's just the start!
Your friends on this trip are Antarctic scientists and other experts staying at New Zealand's Scott Base. You will complete a survival training course; join other Antarcticans for meals in the Scott Base dining room; join morning meetings to plan the day's activity and travel across the ice to see how cool science is really done! We'll look after the RAMS forms - all you need to do is enrol your class!
This will be the 13th LEARNZ field trip to Antarctica. The opportunities for student involvement and interaction during this trip will ensure their learning is very real.
"My curriculum focus was supported fully by the LEARNZ Antarctica programme and also two NIWA scientists visiting the class in person helped no end to endorse what we had learned". Valerie Moratti from Havelock North Intermediate
"I thought LEARNZ did a great job of mixing up content that covered multiple curriculum areas in a logical and accessible way". Adrian Humm from Ruawai College
"Having all of the Antarctica resources together makes it very easy for students to self-explore the parts of the topic they are especially interested in". Lisa O'Connor from St Teresa's School Featherston
Go to more comments about Antarctic field trips.
In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:
- 100 years of science in Antarctica
the significance of Antarctica in the development of international science during the heroic era and since the 1957/58 International Geophysical Year (IGY)
Antarctica as a place for scientific research
the importance of Antarctic science in helping us understand the dynamic world we live in
note: more details to come during the year
During the field trip you will:
- see Shelley's tweets on twitter
travel to Antarctica aboard a giant C17 Globemaster
complete a survival training course
Investigate contemporary Antarctic science by visiting a 2017 science field party
note: more details to come during the year
By the end of the field trip:
- students will have gained knowledge, skills and experience to understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places and environment (Social Studies Level 4)
students will have gained understanding about the Nature of Science - understanding science, investigating in science, communicating in science, participating and contributing (Science Levels 2-4)
After the field trip:
- invite someone from your community who has been to Antarctica to share their experiences with your class
Where you will go
2017 LEARNZ Antarctica field trip. Why Antarctica? Antarctica has been a place for science research for over 100 years. Antarctica is much studied because of its harsh environment and its major affect on world oceans and weather patterns. In late 2017, you will take the 5 hour flight from Christchurch to Antarctica aboard a C17 Globemaster aircraft.
Through Antarctic Field Training and living at Scott Base you can investigate how people working in Antarctica stay safe, maintain personal well-being and relationships with other people, and take responsibility for reducing their impact upon the environment. After Antarctic Field Skills Training you will be experienced and ready to join groups at Scott Base (2km from McMurdo station) in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Temperatures in Antarctica in October/November can be as low as -40°C. You will need to be very well prepared.
Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 2-4, Relationships with Other People Levels 2-4, Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-4; Science: Nature of Science Levels 2-4, Material World Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4, Earth and Space Science Levels 7-8; Social Sciences: Geography Level 6; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5, Continuity and Change Levels 2-5; The Arts: Visual Arts Levels 2-4
Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy
By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text,
Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials.
LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ.
Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.
As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially
Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners.
How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students?
How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved?
Do my students understand the learning outcomes?
Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?
What's in a Field Trip
Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme.
Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation.
Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart,
(students can click to have those page read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary.
During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips,
live audioconferences enhanced by chat, webcam and image uploads via Adobe Connect (and recorded for replay),
profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, ambassador (mascot) page updates,
and Ask-an-Expert which is a device-friendly web board for students to post questions for answering overnight.
After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip,
or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group.
Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice),
the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.
How teachers use LEARNZ
View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class.
Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students.
Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources
such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences comprise a unique collection of real, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.
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Inquiry Topics: Antarctica, climate change, environment, explorers, freezing, heritage, human impacts, ice, marine communities, marine research, oceans, Offshore, scientific research, sea, sustainability, temperature, water
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