Doodle to send teacher to Antarctica
Southland pupils could win their teacher a trip to Antarctica with an activity normally frowned on - doodling in class.
The Doodle 4 Google competition asks Year 1 to 10 pupils from Australia and New Zealand to reimagine the Google logo with the theme "If I was an explorer, I would..."
The best entry from each country will secure one teacher a spot on the Spirit of Mawson Australasian Antarctic expedition, which sails to Antarctica from Bluff this summer.
Expedition leader professor Chris Turney said the privately funded trip, also open to science-lovers who could pay their own way, would help get the public excited about science by "blending science and adventure".
Those on the trip, including the teachers, would be immersed in scientific tasks, such as filming wildlife at 300 metres underwater and using drones to map remote areas, he said.
"It's not a cruise ship. What we want ... is people who are aspiring scientists who want to have a holiday but want to do it a bit differently."
The expedition was inspired by Australian scientist Sir Douglas Mawson, who raised the equivalent of $28 millon in a year to fund a voyage to Antarctica, which was not even marked on maps when he arrived in 1912, Prof Turney said.
"This was the Edwardian equivalent of space travel. He basically just went to explore."
Mawson's voyage blended science with extreme adventure - during the trip, one team member fell into a crevasse with most of the food supplies and dogs, while another went mad and died of vitamin A poisoning after eating the remaining dogs, causing Mawson to miss his boat home and stay in Antarctica an extra year.
The 2013 expedition team would be based in Invercargill, about as close to Antarctica as possible, and would give public talks about the region while in town, Prof Turney said. Scientists would also live-stream online during the journey so people could follow along and witness Antarctica themselves.
Schools must register for the Doodle 4 Google competition by Friday, August 23, although doodles are not due until September 20.
More information can be found here.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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