The Environmental Science and Sustainability Mobile Antarctic Classroom hits the road for Science Week


With Australia’s territorial claim to Antarctica a massive 42 per cent, it’s important for STEM students to understand our unique relationship with the icy continent, particularly considering that it could hold valuable insight into the future of our climate.

Luckily the secrets and science of Antarctica are coming to us this Science Week – and beyond – with a specially designed Toyota Cruiser serving as Australia’s first Science and Sustainability Mobile Antarctic classroom.

Not for profit conservation charity The Mawson’s Huts Foundation has taken the wheel of the STEM-mobile, partnering with the NSW Department of Education to deck it out like a mini, travelling classroom.

The make-shift museum will be rocking up at schools around the country, with two highly qualified presenters and a stack of engaging programs. Topics covered will include ocean acidification, atmospheric physics, geology, climate change and biodiversity, with development sessions available to teachers too on fuelling engagement in environmentally focused STEM lessons.

Mawson's Huts Antarctica
The Mawson’s Huts Foundation was established in 1996 to conserve the historic huts at Cape Denison, East Antarctica. Image: Shutterstock

This Science Week the initiate is working with Dr. Scott Sleap of NSW Department of Education’s STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program to plan school visits across NSW and the Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence to cover the Greater Hunter.

Fingers crossed it fosters an interest and greater understanding of Antarctica, climate research and environmental science.

Science Week itinerary

Wednesday 14 August
9.30am – 11.30am, Abermain Public School
12.15pm – 2.15pm, Kearsely Public School

Thursday 15 August
9.30am – 11.30am, Muswellbrook (TBA)
12.15pm – 2.15pm, Muswellbrook (TBA)

Sunday 18th August
1:00am – 2:00pm Hunter Science Festival at Newcastle Museum
Newcastle Regional Museum

Head here to track the bus on tour.

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