Teachers at sea

Two Tasmanian teachers joined scientists on board the Aurora Australis for a 42-day voyage to the sea ice zone around Antarctica in September, to study sea ice physics, biology and the open ocean food web. Jane Dobson from Claremont College and Caroline Lapworth from Geeveston District Hight School got involved in a range of research projects and posted daily reports on the voyage website. Teachers and students around the world were able to follow the pair’s adventures, learn more about the different aspects of scientific research being conducted, email questions, and try various experiments that demonstrated the principles behind the science. Jane and Caroline were also joined by a toy polar bear, Polar Knutsen, who provided a different perspective on the voyage with his own web blog. The next issue of the Australian Antarctic Magazine will contain stories about the voyage.