Are you curious about what it is like living on the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on earth, Antarctica?
School students are invited to chat with expeditioners during live video conferences from Australia’s Antarctic research stations – Casey and Davis.
Antarctic station leaders and expeditioners will talk to classes about their daily lives, invite students to take part in a learning activity and answer questions.
Each session is open to a maximum of 15 classes, and will last for 45 minutes.
Each class will be invited to ask a question about life in Antarctica. Previous discussions have included topics such as what is for dinner, where expeditioners sleep, how long the sun disappears for in winter, what causes an Aurora Australis, and how a ship travels through sea ice.
Classes will also be invited to take part in an activity in preparation for their videoconference. They will then be asked to talk about their activity with the expeditioners in Antarctica. Details of the preparatory activity will be emailed to teachers when they have registered.
Teachers are encouraged to include the video conference as part of a broader lesson plan regarding Antarctica. Earlier this year, the Australian Antarctic Division released new national curriculum aligned learning units for grades 3 to 8, which are available on the education website Classroom Antarctica.
Schools video conferences will take place on:
Wednesday, 24 August (Davis research station)
Wednesday, 14 September (Casey research station)
Wednesday, 12 October (Casey research station)
Classroom Antarctica (http://classroom.antarctica.gov.au/)
Antarctica Fact File
The continent is a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm along the coast and far less inland.
On average, it is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents.
It is nearly twice the size of Australia.
About 98% of of the continent is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km in thickness.
As of 2016, there are about 135 permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent.