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Summary Page: Antarctica - cool science in action
Term 4 starting 3 November 2014.



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Dates confirmed: 3-7 November.

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It will be about -20°C when you and your class step off the C17 Globemaster on to the Antarctic sea ice! 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 science people studying climate change. Your students will become part of their group completing a survival training course, living at Scott Base, joining their morning meetings to discuss the day's activity, travelling during the day to collect data, and seeing 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 10th LEARNZ field trip to Antarctica! The opportunities for student involvement and interaction during this trip will ensure their learning is very real.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • Antarctic plants and animals
  • humans, atmospheric CO2, climate change
  • food chains and food webs
  • plant life in sea ice
  • the resilience of a diverse ecosystem
  • Antarctica as a place for scientific research
  • why we should be concerned about climate change
  • how we know there's a problem and how people can influence the world around them
  • what can I do?

During the field trip you will:

  • travel to Antarctica aboard a giant C17 Globemaster
  • complete a survival training course
  • travel and work with scientists to see science in action
  • go diving through holes in the sea ice
  • visit penguin colonies
  • visit seal haul-outs
  • go fishing, take photographs and collect samples
  • discover how energy moves through Antarctic marine food webs
  • investigate whether plant life formed in sea ice is an important food source for coastal animals in Antarctica
  • work with scientists trying to find answers to questions about climate change
  • collect specimens and work with them in the laboratory at Scott Base

Antarctica - Kelly Tarlton`s and LEARNZ

Auckland schools, combine an on-site class visit to Kelly Tarlton`s Antarctic Ice Adventure and Penguin Encounter with the LEARNZ Cool Science in Action virtual field trip to Antarctica.

Get in quick to take the optimal timeslots in the week 3-7 November so your class can take up the opportunity to live audioconference from Kelly Tarlton`s to Antarctica during the week of the field trip.

Contact the Education Department and Debbie Smith at Kelly Tarlton`s to make a booking for Term 4.

News item: a Nelson man's prize trip to Scott Base.

NZ IceFest Education Programme: Bringing Antarctica to the World

During Term 3, the NZ IceFest Education Programme invites your class, anywhere in New Zealand, to take part in exciting Antarctic projects and competitions. The programme is a great way to get your class inspired and prepared for your LEARNZ Virtual Field Trip in Term 4.

Your class can partake in 3 awesome Antarctic projects - PDF

  1. HIT Lab Gizmo Stations: 3D Station Competition
  2. Letter to the Future: Climate Change Competition
  3. Short Video Challenge: Explorers and Detectives Competition

These projects correspond to Level 3-5 in the NZ curriculum (Science, English, Social Science, Art and Technology) and be in to win your class cool prizes.

For those in Canterbury, you have the unique opportunity to bring your class to visit NZ IceFest's premier Exhibition, Antarctic Time Travel, which highlights 50 million years of climate change in an educational, experiential and empowering way. The Canterbury Museum Education Team has developed an education resource especially and visits are open from 3rd - 23rd Sept so bookings are essential - more info.

For more information about what else is happening at NZ IceFest check out the website.

Where you will go

Why Antarctica? Antarctica responds to climate change differently than other more temperate regions and has a major affect on world oceans and weather patterns. The huge southern continent acts as a barometer for climate change - if you know what to look for. So you will take the 5 hour flight from Christchurch to Antarctica aboard a C17 Globemaster aircraft. After 3 days of Antarctic Field Skills Training you will be experienced and ready to join the research team at Scott Base (2km from McMurdo station) in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Temperatures in Antarctica in November can be as low as -40°C. You will need to be very well prepared.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, 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

More Curriculum

May also cover content for Achievement Standards from Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as ESS 2.4 Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment; ESS 2.7: Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System; ESS 3.2: Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context; ESS 3.4 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of interactions between ocean and atmosphere; ESS 3.5 Demonstrate understanding of the impact of human activity on the Earth System. Also Material World AS90944 Science 1.5 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases; AS90945 Science 1.6 Investigate the implications of the use of carbon compounds as fuels; AS90949 Science 1.10 Investigate life processes and environmental factors that affect them. Planet Earth and Beyond AS90953 Science 1.14 Demonstrate understanding of carbon cycling

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  • How teachers use LEARNZ

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Inquiry Topics: adaptations, Antarctica, biodiversity, carbon cycle, climate change, ecology, environment, food webs, human impacts, ice, life cycle, marine communities, marine research, monitoring change, ocean acidification, oceans, Offshore, scientific research, Scott Base, sustainability

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