Antarctica 2017

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Antarctica - cool science in action

Welcome to Antarctica - cool science in action. This field trip is supported by the Ministry of Education and Antarctica New Zealand. The field trip is from 23-29 November 2017. Enrol now.

Journey to Antarctica


Antarctica captures people's imaginations and is the perfect place for scientists to study climate change. On this exciting expedition you will join science teams to investigate the effect of Antarctic sea ice and glacial ice on the world's climate.

You will join scientists trying to understand why Antarctic sea ice seems to be growing while Artic sea ice is shrinking.

Also on this trip, you will travel, eat, sleep, work, play, and keep safe in Antarctica - just like the scientists you will meet.

Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher

Meet Shelley

Watch the introductory video on Vimeo


You will take the 5 hour flight from Christchurch to Antarctica aboard a C17 Globemaster aircraft. After 2 days of Antarctic Field Skills Training you will be experienced and ready to join the research team at Cape Evans in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. This field trip is not for the faint hearted as temperatures in Antarctica in November can be as low as -30°C, so make sure you're prepared for a trip of a lifetime!

Field Trip Plan - November 2017

Thursday 23 November

Jump aboard the US Airforce C17 Globemaster aircraft in Christchurch and land on the ice in Antarctica. Complete your field training and learn how to survive in this harsh environment.

Friday 24 November

Look at how Scott Base operates and supports scientists so they can complete their research.

Saturday 25-Sunday 26 November

Travel across the sea ice to Cape Evans to meet scientists working on sea ice ecosystems and camp overnight at their field site. (weather permitting).

Monday 25 November

Meet scientists working on the Ross Ice Shelf and find out more about the importance of this huge area of floating glacial ice.

Tuesday 26 November

Discover what has happened this season in Antarctica and how changes in sea ice affect animals and people.

Wednesday 27 November

Look to the future and how changes in the climate could affect sea ice and the plants and animals that rely on it.

What's New

Friday 10 November Newsletter 2 to be sent to all enrolled classes.

Tuesday 31 October

The Antarctica background pages and their easy-reading versions and selected student activities are now online.

Tuesday 31 October The Antarctica field trip website is now online.

The LEARNZ Team think that joining the NZASE and staying connected through the NZ Science Teacher will help you become a better teacher of science.

Antarctica New Zealand


Ministry of Education