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Kids in Space Logo - An external education provider

Anne-Marie Robinson, the United States Space Camp Ambassador to New Zealand and a qualified primary school teacher, will come out to schools as an International Antarctic Centre educator, and present a programme of Space exploration and STEAM activities.

 

This is a great way to introduce science and technology to your class, as well as show your students how aerospace is linked to supporting Antarctica.

Common Questions & Answers for Kids in Space

How do we book?

The easiest way to book is to click the Enquiry @ Antarctic Academy button above.

The alternative way is via emailing education@iceberg.co.nz 

Bookings are available on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays.

The Antarctic Academy will confirm your date and programme by email.

There are a range of flexible options available that can be negotiated, from 2 hours to half day to full day.

What ages do you teach?
From year 0 - 8.  For years 9-13 the Antarctic Academy can provide an Antarctic Aerospace programme.


Will you teach in an MLE (modern learning environment)
Yes


How many students can you teach?
30 students per classroom session 

 

There are options for either a full day for one classroom of up to 30 children, or two half days for two classrooms of up to 30 children each. 


How long is the presentation?
Minimum 2 hours or as negotiated


What does the day include?

  • Interactive discussion and demonstrations

  • inflatable space models

  • powerpoint and videos

  • astronaut flight suits dress up

  • samples of astronaut food from NASA

  • STEAM activities subject to age groups – robotics, straw rockets, space shuttle gliders, planet plates, planet crowns, astronaut puppets, astronaut bookmarks, or other activities for senior students if you indicate your classes are Year 7 or 8

  • If you come to the International Antarctic Centre you have options to ride the Hägglund, experience the snowstorm, see the penguins, and view the 4D movie.

  • There are media opportunities for the school to take photos of students in Astronaut Flight Suits. We will send you a photographic consent form if required.


What does the school have to provide?

  • Classroom Space in an area where students can focus

  • TV or whiteboard/screen to project onto

  • Internet connection

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Sellotape

  • Colouring in felts/pens/crayons whichever the school typically uses.

  • Printed copies of project templates on thin card. The presenter will provide templates and explain how many are needed.  

  • Assistance putting flight suits on and off kids.

  • Behaviour management as required

 

What will the presenter provide?

  • Laptop

  • DVDs

  • Data projector if required

  • Speakers if required

  • Astronaut flight suits for students and teachers to wear

  • Some STEAM resources including, ice cream sticks, paper plates, straws.

  • Templates for the school to photocopy

  • Flags/display banners

Can all students participate and how do you cater for special needs?
Yes. We will have a discussion with teachers about students with special needs if this is indicated on the booking form. The presenter will find ways to be inclusive of all students and adapt the presentation to include the needs of the children participating in the session.

 

The programme values the New Zealand Teachers Council - Our Code, Our Standards. This helps define, inspire and guide the presenter with the KIDS IN SPACE programme.


What time will you arrive/leave?

The educator will negotiate arrival time to set up and leave by 2:30pm. A staff member will need to be available at the specified arrival time.


What will you need to set up?
Space/area students can access, internet connection, TV or whiteboard/screen to project on to. Information on school evacuation procedures. 


What should we expect?
A fun and interactive science programme with an adaptable educator right in your classroom.

If you come to the International Antarctic Centre you can be inspired by our interactive Science Alive activities including engaging with science in the Antarctica 101 room, learning about astronomy and telescopes, exploring Antarctic Astronomy in our gallery and riding in a C17 simulator.

 

A full day with one classroom includes three different STEM activities pitched to the ages of the students.

For a detailed Unit Plan see

 

What precautions are you taking for COVID-19?

Some changes have been made to keep staff and students safe.

  • Flights Suits are sanitized for each school use but are limited to 30 students per day. Suits cannot be shared.

  • The educator will wipe/disinfect her own computer/speakers/technical resources before, during and after the school visit.

  • The educator will clean as much as reasonable any school resources that are used to help present Kids in Space.

  • If the educator feels ill, has a cough, or is sneezing she will not attend the booking and the booking will be cancelled.

  • If Bee Bot robots are used these will be cleaned before, during and after use.

 

The educator reserves the right to change the programme as required to keep students and staff safe with increased hygiene procedures as required.


How experienced is the presenter?
Anne-Marie was a pilot, flight attendant and trained with astronauts in Houston, Texas. She has been teaching Space Science since 1991, has a Bachelor of Science Degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Primary. She is the United States Space Camp Ambassador to New Zealand, a position held since 1991 which allows her to pursue her goal of inspiring children to go to Space Camp to immerse themselves in STEAM. In 2013, she became a NASA Medal recipient.

 

When not teaching KIDS IN SPACE as an external education provider, she teaches at schools as a relieving teacher and last completed the Teacher Education Refresh TER programme in 2018.

From 2021 she has joined the team at the Antarctic Academy, the International Antarctic Centre as an educator specialized in Earth and Space science.

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