CAMP DIRECTOR & EDUCATOR
Miranda Satterthwaite is the Antarctic Academy Director for the International Antarctic Centre. Miranda trained through a range of NASA bases in the USA including NASA Marshall Flight Centre and NASA Kennedy Space Centre, visiting NASA Armstrong Centre and NASA Ames Research Centre. She has participated in two NASA Sofia Missions over Antarctica, and will undertake her third in 2021. Miranda specialises in Space Exploration, holding undergraduate degrees in Science and Political Science and Masters in International Business Law and Educational Leadership. She is passionate about filling the NZ pathways into the Aerospace sector to support the growing space economy.
Aerospace CAMP Educator
Anne-Marie Robinson is the Antarctic Academy Aerospace Educator. Pilot and United States Space Camp Ambassador to New Zealand since 1991, Annie-Marie has extensive aerospace experience, including flying the NASA Kuiper Airborne Observatory Telescope Aircraft out of Christchurch. She trained with Astronauts at the NASA Johnson Space Centre in Houston Texas and has attended over 10 Space Camps at the US Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville Alabama. In 2013 she was presented with a NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal and since then has developed Kids in Space NZ Curriculum outreach programme.
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Students will receive space suits on arrival at the International Antarctic Centre, followed by an orientation and an exciting and immersive 4D movie. After spending some time with a Husky Handler, students will research and design a lunar base!
The day begins with a Q&A session with an Astronaut before buckling up for a unique, adrenalin-filled outdoor adventure aboard a Hägglund! Students will then take part in an experiential Astronaut training, learning all about the space travel, before visiting the Storm Dome, for an up close experience of an Antarctic storm.
Students will design and construct a Nano Rover, before discovering the penguin habitat and welfare centre during a feeding session. A talk from a Dawn Aerospace Guest speaker is followed by a Bee Bot Challenge (or similar) and exploration of one of the IAC galleries.
Students will take part in a tailored workshop, to further develop their STEAM knowledge and skills essential for all astronauts in space. Students will then have either a Rocket or Robotics design workshop, developing their teamwork as they learn new skills.
Students will use SA Telescopes to detect an object, before building 3D models to take home. It is then graduation time! This is a great opportunity for the students to recognise their learning and achievements over the past few days and celebrate along with their peers.
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