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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

18 February 2002

Bringing Antarctica into the classroom


A comprehensive Web-based Antarctic educational resource developed by the Australian Antarctic Division has been launched by Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Antarctic and Federal Member for Murray.

Classroom Antarctica is an online teaching resource providing Australian teachers with a practical, lavishly illustrated manual of Antarctic information and ideas for class activities within the National Curriculum Profile framework.

"Education is an essential investment in the future and an important concern for us all. This new website makes the coldest, driest, most remote continent in the world more accessible to schools and the wider community", Sharman Stone said.

"From the earliest times of Mawson trekking across Antarctica, Australians have been fascinated by the stories of heroism, survival and discovery from the icy continent".

Classroom Antarctica seeks to channel students' curiosity about the Antarctic into effective learning about the region and its place in the world.

Its eight inter-disciplinary units have been designed to enable teachers to engage students in virtually any teaching situation. They may be used for single lessons or as a basis for a whole year's planned learning activities.

The resources include a series of profiles of Antarctic expedition members, providing a personal insight in a pattern of questions and responses.

"Classroom Antarctica not only provides plenty of facts and figures, it also personalises the men and women that spend months away from their families and loved ones by including interviews and insights into the expeditioners and their families", Sharman Stone said.

Classroom Antarctica is a resource centre for Antarctic information everywhere, providing thousands of links to relevant websites throughout the world.

"I am encouraging teachers across Murray to take the opportunity to use this wonderful resource as part of their curriculum this school year", Sharman Stone said.

Further information on Classroom Antarctica is available at www.classroomantarctica.aad.gov.au/

Further information:
Simon Frost (Office of Dr Stone) 0419 495 468
Australian Antarctic Division website: http://www.aad.gov.au
Monday February 18, 2002

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