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A Wonderful Exploration of the Chilly Continent


A Primary School Teacher's Journey to Antarctica

photo courtesy of Luca Chiaroni

A teacher from Warrington School, Trisha Korth, has been granted a Primary Science Teacher Fellowship with the Royal Society for the second half of 2009.

The New Zealand Science, Mathematics and Technology Teacher Fellowship Scheme is funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Read Trisha's PROFILE before and after her trip to Antarctica, to learn more about her, the programme and her learning experiences.


Project Exploration ICEBLOCK

What do you think of this cartwheel spin at New Harbour?...

...How many cartwheels on the ice can you see now?!

(Photo taken by Chazz Marriott)

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Antarctica: Exploration ICEBLOCK

(click on title for the start of an adventure!)


Explorers in Antarctica

Explorers in Antarctica is the theme for Warrington School children in Term 4.

  1. Discover the early explorers Antarctic Exploration Highlights.
  2. Shakleton was an inspiring leader and lead one of the most amazing Antarctic explorations. "Miraculously, not one man was lost, surviving extreme cold, breaking ice floes, leopard seal attacks and an open boat journey". Read all about it here: A Miraculous Antarctic Journey Learn more about Shakleton's incredible expedition at NOVA: Voyage of Endurance.



Take a look at these pages of Trisha's photos and video clips from the Exploration ICEBLOCK journey.

These pages give a journal of images and descriptions about the Exploration ICEBLOCK journey. I've taken a thematic approach, not only from place to place but also of the happenings along the way. The scientific work done by the marine ecologists that hosted me gives a detailed explanation with photos and video clips for children to follow.

This is a collaborative journal which could not have been compiled without the generous support and contributions of our 'K082 team' who were constantly bombarded with questions and requests! Thanks guys.

To find out more about the NIWA marine ecologists Antarctic research project take a look at their ICECUBE website.

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Discussion Box

This is where I'll write up my Antarctic ramblings and exciting discoveries when I'm down there. And you'll be able to send me back replies, requests, comments and your own discoveries about Antarctic stuff!! Click into our Antarctica Exploration ICEBLOCK GoogleGroup to join the discussions.

Recent posts

Video clips up on wikisite
Hi all I have managed to get lots of video clips uploaded to the Antarctica wikisite, now that I am back at Scott Base. Have a look and check them out! Cheers Trisha
— Trisha 2009-11-20 08:34:05
New pages and photos on the Antarctica wikisite
Hi all We are stuck in New Harbour for three more days because of a blizzard that came in and stopped the helicopters from flying! The winds were about 50 to 60 knot winds (=100km per hour!!) and v...
— Trisha 2009-11-15 12:12:02
Answers to children's phone questions about seals, whales, and fish in Antarctica
Q. What do the divers do if they would happen to meet a Leopard seal? A. First thing is that they try very hard NOT to blow bubbles (that means stop breathing for a while), because the Leopard seal...
— Trisha 2009-11-11 00:25:53
Re: Hello
Hi Barbara Glad to hear you are enjoying the site... all this feedback is encouraging me to keep up those late evenings trying to upload the photos here at New Harbour!! > I'd like to know i...
— Trisha 2009-11-11 00:07:57
Antarctic Survival Kit contents
Waihola school children have asked what is in an Antarctic survival kit bag. I only remembered a few of the things, so after checking it out I can now give a comprehensive list. Check this one out...
— Trisha 2009-11-10 11:41:52
Re: How do the divers breathe underwater? Information to answer question from Warrington School
Hi Wayne, Glad you are enjoying the wikisite! It's truly amazing to have internet access here at New Harbour, 80km from Scott Base. It is quite slow though and won't upload the video clips,...
— Trisha 2009-11-10 11:30:22
Re: Room 1 Waihola
Hi Robyn Yep you got it sorted! I got your email no problems. I had a lovely chat with the older class today. They had some great questions. Hope to see you end November - begin December. I plan to...
— Trisha 2009-11-10 10:52:36
Room 1 Waihola
Hi Trish How are you!! This is an email test. We have been looking at your photos and following you from them. Just trying to work out how everything works. Techno challenged! Cheers Robyn -- -- --...
— room1 2009-11-10 05:05:28
Re: talk 2moro
Hi Tania and Jayne and Waitati school, I've got you booked in for a phone call tomorrow (Wednesday 11th) at 11.30am. How's that suit you? Since I last spoke with you it's snowed, I buil...
— Trisha 2009-11-09 22:32:28
talk 2moro
Hey Trish We would love to chat with you tomorrow. What time would suit you oh gorgeous one? xoxoxo tania
— room2 2009-11-09 19:27:39
Hi Trisha I'm so enjoying reading your answers to the great questions the students have asked you. I'd like to know if cooking dinner at New Harbour took longer than at home? And how wide w...
— Barbara 2009-11-09 10:28:22
Re: How do the divers breathe underwater? Information to answer question from Warrington School
Hi Trish, This is fascinating :-) What is the water temperature for the dive and what to the divers wear to keep warm (compared to diving of the coast in Dunedin)? We're all watching your adven...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2009-11-09 04:49:06
How do the divers breathe underwater? Information to answer question from Warrington School
Some children at Warrington school have asked about the divers and how they breathe. The divers have tanks filled with air on their backs. The air is compressed by using a machine that runs on deis...
— Trisha 2009-11-08 09:49:18
Why is New Harbour called New Harbour?
None of the scientists here know why this area is called New Harbour, so we've done a bit of a search to find out more. Scott came here in his ship and explored into the dry valleys. He was alr...
— Trisha 2009-11-06 20:46:55
Answers to Port Chalmers School questions
Hi Jenni and Port Chalmers school, So good to chat with you over the phone from New Harbour. I hope you are enjoying the connections with Antarctica! I'm enjoying being able to share it with yo...
— Trisha 2009-11-06 20:31:29



Exploration ICEBLOCK Calendar This will tell you the dates that I will be at different places around Antarctica and what I am planning when back in NZ.


Next steps

  • Local community showings of Antarctic photos and videoclips, with ECW gear kindly loaned by Antarctic NZ.
  • Continuing to add to this wikisite, hopefully useful and interesting information, photos etc. about my very fortunate Antarctic experience.

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