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Field Trip

The Prepare Students section will get your class ready for the Antarctica virtual field trip!

The field trip experience is made up of a number of components which take place from Wednesday 28 October to Tuesday 3 November, 2015.

Field Trip Plan - November 2014

Saturday 24 October - Tuesday 27 October The journey begins. Join Shelley and the ambassadors as you gather your Antarctic clothing and jump a board the US Airforce C17 Globemaster destined for Antarctica. After your five hour flight land on sea ice and travel in a Haglund to Scott Base. Explore base, find your bunk room and complete your field training so you are ready to join the scientists out on the sea ice.  

Wednesday 28 October - Tuesday 3 November

During each day with the scientists get the questions then listen to the day's audioconference recordings. Watch the videos and answer the questions. Read Shelley's diary, see what the ambassadors are up to and view the panoramas.
Wednesday 4 November The journey ends. Return to New Zealand on board the C17 Globemaster to reflect upon a trip of a lifetime!

All components in the table below are updated daily during the field trip. They remain on this website and can be used after the date of the live field trip.


Classes can send an ambassador (small toy) on the field trip with the LEARNZ Field Trip teacher. Daily ambassador updates can be read by all enrolled classes.


Students can post their own questions on a Web Board to be answered by the field trip experts. The web board will be open for one month before the field trip until one month after the field trip. Once it has closed, the Ask-an-Expert link will go to a new page which has a selection of questions and answers from the field trip Web Board.


Students put questions live to experts who are on location during the field trip. Audioconferences can also be listened to live via the Internet audiostream or from a recording.


Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher writes a detailed diary for students to read, accompanied by 10 captioned images for each day of the field trip - including the travel day on Monday.

Experts and Careers

Students meet each expert involved in this field trip via a profile page and short video. Potential career and training paths can also be explored on these pages.

Photo Gallery

All website and field trip photos are available in one easy-to-use location, where students can browse and select to further their interest and learning.


Short, curriculum-rich videos are made on each day of the field trip and uploaded in the evening for viewing the following day.