National Science Week

The Casey sign post with a circular solar halo around it
Sun dogs and a solar halo at Casey (Photo: Ian Phillips)
The red weather tent and mast with instruments tethered to the iceBook produced by the Australian Science teachers Association to celebrate the International Polar Year

National Science Week 2013

Antarctic scientists took to Twitter for National Science Week 2013. We handed the keys of our Twitter account over to a different scientist each week day of National Science Week, to share their day with the tweeps (Twitter people) of Australia and the world.

National Science Week 2012

In 2012, our Science Week focus was on the second SIPEX voyage; Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment (SIPEX-II) in the sea ice zone off East Antarctica. The first voyage (SIPEX) conducted between September and October 2007, studied the relationships between the physical sea ice environment and the sea ice biology, particularly the algae and krill under the ice.

National Science Week 2011

In National Science Week 2011, we invited Australians to explore Antarctica's microscopic world through our online gallery of images. There's a tiny universe of plants and animals in the oceans surrounding the icy continent, and otherwise ordinary objects look quite amazing under the Australia Antarctic Division's electron microscope!

National Science Week 2010

As part of National Science Week the Australian Antarctic Division featured fascinating images of creatures from the bottom of the Southern Ocean in its public display area. Visitors marvelled at the diverse array of invertebrates collected from the Antarctic ‘benthos’ or sea floor, including sea stars, sponges, crustaceans and worms. They had the opportunity to learn more about the scientific research undertaken by the Division, including research on ocean acidification, climate change, marine biodiversity and the impacts of humans on the Antarctic environment.

National Science Week 2009

The Australian Antarctic Division joined the celebration of science, engineering, technology and innovation with an informative display of Antarctic atmospheric phenomena in its visitor’s centre. The display included stunning images of the aurora australis (southern lights), sun dogs, solar halos and rarely sighted high altitude clouds, and graphics showing dust from a meteor explosion west of Davis station.

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National Science Week 2008

During National Science Week 2008, the Antarctic Division ran a competition to guess the lowest surface temperature recorded at Dome A.

National Science Week 2007

Antarctic Science - A resource book of ideas for teachers

This 47 page resource book was produced by the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) to celebrate the International Polar Year. It provides information, online resources, classroom activities, experiments and photographs.

This page was last modified on 3 January 2008.