Scientists cold call

Eight international Antarctic scientists, including biologists, ecologists, vulcanologists and glaciologists entranced Dominic College Year 4 students during the first of five Young Antarctic Scientist program visits.

Students saw and touched extracted core sample ice formed in Antarctica 200 years ago. The scientists spoke about Antarctica and their work there and conducted experiments in small groups.

Students performed experiments with flubber to mimic the movements of glaciers, testing the impact of temperature, angle and texture on the flow of the 'flubber glaciers'.

The scientists are heading off to Antarctica for seven weeks and will keep in contact with the class by email, before their next visit.

The students learnt a great deal from this engaging activity with inspirational young adults. We have some budding Antarctic scientists in Year 4 looking into their freezers at home now!