The Young Inspiring Explorers™ Summit 2020 saw 19 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:
- weathering an Antarctic storm, riding in a Hagglund, and meeting huskies and penguins up close at the International Antarctic Centre
- learning about climate change first hand from NIWA Marine Physicist, Dr Natalie Robinson
- finding out what it’s like to live at New Zealand’s Scott Base from the team at Antarctica New Zealand
- visiting Canterbury Museum and hearing tales of the early Antarctic Explorers’ hardships, achievements, and leadership, in the name of science, exploration, and survival
- man hauling an Antarctic sledge, and trying out Antarctic clothing
- exploring Christchurch’s Antarctic connections on a walking tour around the central city
The explorers also camped out overnight, and 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, which includes Inspiring ExplorersTM like William Pike, Brando Yelavich, Holly Woodhouse and many others.
The Summit is run in partnership with William Pike Challenge and is supported by Christchurch NZ, The Christchurch Antarctic Office, International Antarctic Centre, Antarctica New Zealand, and Canterbury Museum.