The Young Inspiring Explorers™ Summit in June 2022 saw 20 year 7-9 students from across the country spend the weekend with the Antarctic Heritage Trust and Kiwi explorer William Pike.
Throughout the weekend, students challenged themselves and took part in Antarctic learning experiences including:
- connecting with the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station (situated at the South Pole) via a zoom call and speaking with the station’s H&S Officer
- weathering an Antarctic storm, riding in a Hagglund, and meeting huskies and penguins up close at the International Antarctic Centre
- visiting Canterbury Museum and hearing tales of the early Antarctic Explorers’ hardships, achievements, and leadership, in the name of science, exploration, and survival
- hauling an Antarctic sledge, and trying out Antarctic clothing from various era’s of Antarctic exploration
- exploring Christchurch’s Antarctic connections and gateway status on a walking tour around the central city
- experiencing a Virtual Reality tour of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic Hut.
The Young Inspiring Explorers™ documented their journey along the way so they could share what they learnt with their communities when they returned home.
Having completed the Summit, the students become members of the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Alumni Programme.
The Young Inspiring Explorers™ Summit 2022 was generously sponsored by the US Embassy and Consulate in New Zealand.