Working

Introduction and materials
'Working' concentrates on the complex services needed to support a program operating in one of the most hostile and isolated environments on earth. It delves into survival issues, and the logistics of getting there and getting around.
Getting there
Australian expeditioners have traditionally travelled to Antarctica by ship. About five voyages are made every summer to the Antarctic, Macquarie Island and sometimes Heard Island. Australia has an air link, adding more flexibility and reducing the amount of time spent transit.
Dangers at sea
Between Hobart and Antarctica lie the world's stormiest waters and very strong winds.
Vehicles - getting around
Vehicles used in Antarctica have special features needed in the extreme conditions.
Station buildings
Students can use maps to consider building locations, lifestyle, the distances between buildings and the topography of settlements in Antarctica.
Clothing
Students will consider what clothes they would need in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic conditions - what they are made out of and the types of items? They are encouraged to investigate different types of clothing in specialist camping shops and then contribute their own ideas and designs.
Survival
Survival in extreme conditions is something that all Antarctic expeditioners must learn about. By considering factors such as rations, equipment, unpredictable weather and exploring the experiences of others, these activities encourage planning and problem solving.
Health
Antarctic expeditioners face an array of health risks, in addition to the normal 'everyday' health issues that they experience.
Insulation and antifreeze
Investigate antifreeze formulas and the thermal properties of materials. Record your predictions, discuss your final results and the implications for clothing and building insulation.
Communications
Keeping in contact with family and friends back home is as easy as picking up the phone or sending an email.
This page was last modified on January 23, 2014.