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The Mobile Antarctic Classroom

Interactive Antarctic and Southern Ocean Education Programs

Bringing Antarctica to You!

Sir Douglas Mawson led the very first purely scientific Antarctic expedition from Hobart in 1911. 

From those early beginnings, we’ve discovered far more about Antarctica’s scientific importance to the whole earth.

Our Mobile Antarctic Classroom (MAC) is on tour around Australia helping school-aged audiences foster an interest and understanding in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.

Who Are We

The Mobile Antarctic Classroom is part of the Foundation’s education program, which includes visits by children to the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum and the Australian Antarctic Festival held in Hobart every two years.

Presenter Layah Conry is a qualified marine and Antarctic scientist, with years of experience in children and youth engagement and an enthusiasm for sharing the excitement of science and discovery.

School-aged Programs
Primary and Secondary

We offer interactive and engaging programs of Antarctic and Southern Ocean science that incorporate presentations, demonstrations, experiments and activities.

Topics covered include Australia’s Antarctic history, plate tectonics, magnetism, climate, Southern Ocean processes, Antarctic animals, plankton, ocean acidification, and biological adaptations.

COST: Bookings start from $150 plus $5 per student (minimum charge of 30 students)

TIMING: Approx. 1-1.5 hrs

Teacher Programs
Professional Development 

We occasionally offer a PD session that can be included with a student program booking.

This session focusses on using science, experimentation and activities to jumpstart student engagement and enquiry skills. We aim to promote confidence in enquiry-based learning and to equip teachers in the teaching of environmental sciences.

Please note: our ability to run this program is contingent on the availability of our PD presenter.

COST: $150

TIMING: Approx. 1 hour

Curiosity as an engagement tool. Outreach, communication and inspiring the next generation.


Tasmania 2023

The MAC is located in Hobart and will be available for Tasmanian bookings throughout 2023. Bookings are available in the following LGAs/municipalities for the following dates:

West coast:

22nd-25th August 2023

North Midlands, south midlands:

18th-22nd September 2023

george town, launceston, west tamar:
21st-24th November 2023
Brighton, clarence, derwent valley, glenorchy, hobart, huon valley, kingborough:
In its local region, the MAC is available for bookings on all school term dates apart from those allocated to particular regions (as above).


Submit an expression of interest form below.

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Help conserve Australia’s rich Antarctic heritage.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit charity seeking funds to promote and encourage public interest in the nation’s Antarctic history, including the conservation of Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison, East Antarctica.

The Mawson’s Huts Foundation is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient with all monetary donations tax deductible.

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