SMC’s Year 8A class recently took an excursion to the Antarctic Research Centres as part of the Midwinter Antarctic Festival for Science.
The 10-day event is designed to highlight and celebrate Tasmania’s connection with the Antarctic.
Participating St Mary’s College students, Emily Keane and Maddison Marsche have provided the following report about their trip.
On June 29 8A joined four other schools from around Tasmania to participate in the ‘Midwinter Antarctic Festival’ program.
During our excursion, we went to the Australian Antarctic Division, the CSIRO and IMAS to hear from speakers about the many different career options available in Antarctica.
The whole class learnt a lot about everything from mapping ice glaciers to how artists can help fund scientific expeditions to Antarctica.
One speaker was an artist who made brooches inspired by albatrosses. These brooches feature ‘dead’ tracking devices that were once attached to the legs of albatrosses, and had often travelled thousands of kilometres.
The excursion opened up avenues that many of our class members did not know existed – for instance, you don’t need to be a researcher to go to Antarctica.
One speaker dedicated his entire career to Antarctica, first researching the Aurora Australis and then later coming back as a guide for tourists.
Another researcher studied the water patterns in the sea and the effect that global warming has on the ocean. Did you know that the ocean absorbs around 70 per cent of the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere?
There are doctors, chefs and even carpenters working in Antarctica – there is a world of opportunities out there and Year 8 is just the beginning.
We had a wonderful time learning all about the different occupations that exist in Antarctica, and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future.