The starting point for these Classroom Antarctica activities, and for comprehensive information on Australia’s Antarctic program, is the Australian Antarctic Division website.
Besides the sites listed below, there are many more excellent sites offering information and other materials on a variety of Antarctic-related themes. These are referred to in each unit of Classroom Antarctica when they are of use for particular activities.
- Australian Antarctic stations
- The Bureau of Meteorology
- The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACECRC)
- World Heritage information at the DSEWPaC website
- Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service’s Macquarie Island website
Other Antarctic programs and organisations
Antarctic education and information sites
About Antarctica is a great introductory guide designed for high school students and covering topics such as continental drift, weather, ice movements, global warming, seals, and penguins.
The Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica (CARA) includes a virtual tour of the South Pole.
Glacier - a project from Rice University was developed as a resource for teaching Earth Science and provides students with an interactive exploration of Antarctica. Themes include weather and climate, oceanography, geology, meteorology and astronomy.
Discovering Antarctica is an educational resource to dip into depending on your curriculum needs and priorities. The learning activities are devised for individual, pair or groupwork. Many are in interactive multimedia format for use either on an interactive whiteboard or for students to complete individually.
The Gulf of Maine Aquarium provides the useful classroom lessons focusing on Penguin Adaptation, Coping with the Cold, Blubber Glove, Salt Concentration, Chick Die-Off, Changes in Antarctic Ice, and Creating Plankton.
Live from Antarctica 2 was an integrated multimedia project which used online resources, hands-on print curriculum materials (including Classroom Antarctica and student worksheets) and live telecasts to bring Antarctica to life in the classroom. Classroom Antarctica and student worksheets remain a very valuable resource.
The National Snow and Ice Data Centre is an information and referral centre supporting research about snow cover, avalanches, glaciers, ice sheets, freshwater ice, sea ice, ground ice, permafrost, atmospheric ice, paleoglaciology, and ice cores. It offers some good education resources for teachers and students on snow and ice.
The Scott Polar Research Institute includes a marvellous picture library database with many works of art and mainly historical photographs and a comprehensive Index to Antarctic Expeditions (historic and selected modern).
The Scott Polar Research Institute's page for kids features information on some polar explorers and animals, and a collection of polar jokes.
Secrets of the Ice from the Museum of Boston is a great site that focuses on the geography of Antarctica and its importance as a scientific laboratory, with up-to-date information on current global change research.
The Polar Conservation Organisation offers up-to-date news and information on Antarctica and Antarctic-related topics.
The South Australian Museum website explores the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson - his adventures, his success in taking science to extreme environments and the scope of his achievements.
Primary school children can learn about Antarctica through the experiences of Ricky the puppet via his blog. While he is in Antarctica Ricky will carry out investigations and find answers to children’s questions about life in Antarctica.
Private expeditions and personal accounts
The Mawson’s Huts Foundation site describes the story of recent attempts to conserve Mawson’s huts.
Ingrid’s diary, Ingrid on Ice, describes Ingrid’s year at Mawson in 1998 as the wintering medical officer.
Terraquest’s Virtual Antarctica provides a good general overview of Antarctic ecology, history and science as well as journals of the Terraquest expedition and links to contemporary adventurers.
Former Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship recipient, Hazel Edwards, has made several resources available for teachers at her website.