Kids In Space


Promote, inspire and engage people with the endless opportunities that the world of science holds


We believe in the potential of every child and are driven to spark hope, excitement and curiosity within our future generations through innovation


To support youth engaging with the boundless potential of new technologies, using it to improve and develop their own worlds

Bring Earth, Space And Ice To Your Christchurch Classroom!

Kids in Space is an educational programme that can come to your school and spend half a day inspiring kids about all things aerospace. Science Alive in partnership with the International Antarctic Centre, use The Nature Of Science Achievement Objectives To Engage Your Students In Space Activities.

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.


Enquire at the antarctic academy

Book the Kids in Space programme to come to your school 

What you need to know

The easiest way to book is to click the "Start Exploring Today"  button above.

The alternative way is via emailing 

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.

From year 0 - 8.  For years 9-13 the Antarctic Academy can provide an Antarctic Aerospace programme.


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. 

Minimum 2 hours or as negotiated

  • 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.

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.

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.

  • HDMI Capable Data project / TV
  • Standard School Supplies, Scissors, cellotape, glue.
  • Photocopying of templates
  • Dedicated learning space to run the programme
  • 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

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 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.

  • Science Unit Plan - Planet Earth and Beyond - Levels 1 - 4
  • For the Nature of Science up to Year 10, the Physical World and Planet Earth and Beyond - Levels 5 - 8 please contact the Antarctic Academy Director Miranda Satterthwaite ( ) for curriculum, and LEOTC Antarctic Aerospace Programme information.

The International Antarctic Centre is operating in compliance with the COVID-19 protection framework, please contact us for more details at

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 is a registered teacher who teaches at schools.

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

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