Students who name Australia's new icebreaker win trip to Antarctica

Cool prize: Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker says the Name our Icebreaker Competition is a chance for the winning students to learn about Australia's role in the Antarctic.
Cool prize: Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker says the Name our Icebreaker Competition is a chance for the winning students to learn about Australia's role in the Antarctic.

Win a trip to Antarctica

Australia’s interest in research and exploration in Antarctica goes back more than 170 years, including such legendary names as Douglas Mawson and Ernest Shackleton,

We have had a permanent presence on the Antarctic continent since a research station was established at Mawson in 1954. It is now the longest continuously operational research facility there.

Australia maintains three research stations on the Antarctic continent, and one subantarctic station on Macquarie Island. More than 300 scientists and support staff are employed in this vital effort. The researchers and support staff endure extraordinary conditions, including extreme cold and cyclonic winds.

None of our Antarctic research would be possible without reliable contact with the outside world, which is where Australia’s icebreaker plays such a major role. Called Aurora Australis, the 95m long vessel delivers people, supplies, and equipment to our Antarctic research facilities.

Aurora Australis was constructed in 1989, and is nearing the end of her useful life. The Australian government has commissioned a new world-class icebreaker, and we want Australian students to help name it. The new icebreaker will be a modern, sophisticated ship that will shape the future of Australia’s Antarctic endeavours.

The Name our Icebreaker Competition has been designed to engage Australian students in Australia’s Antarctic Program and expand their understanding of Antarctica, its environment, climate, history and Australia’s role there. The competition is open to Australian students from year 5 to year 8. Entries will only be accepted from a class, not from individuals.

Here is the most exciting part – the two best entries in the competition will win a trip to Antarctica, including accommodation in Hobart, flights to Wilkins Aerodrome, and an on-ground experience. Truly the trip of a lifetime. Parents, students, and teachers can find out more by visiting classroom.antarctica.gov.au