Come Visit “The World’s Largest Classroom” in Alice Springs!
The Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre is a multi-award winning interpretive centre located 3.5km from the CBD which offers visitors from around the globe a virtual journey in “The World’s Largest Classroom”.
Established in 1951 to provide a much needed education resource to children living in remote Central Australia, the Alice Springs School of the Air is a distinctive and first of its kind educational facility in the world. The school provides daily lessons to children aged between 4 and 14 years, living in remote locations such as cattle stations, roadhouses, Aboriginal communities and national parks.
The classroom covers most of the Northern Territory, the northern area of South Australia and the eastern area of Western Australia; totalling 1.3 million square kilometres of Outback Australia. Students study at home with a tutor and join a teacher for regular “live” class lessons broadcast via satellite from the school studios in Alice Springs using “Interactive Distance Learning” (IDL) technology.
The unique visitor experience includes a short film and a guided presentation providing a narrative about the distinctive history of the school and how it operates. Visitors can view “live” or recorded lessons (outside of school hours) while tour guides deliver a full interpretation of how the lessons take place and the innovative techniques that make it possible for students living in isolated areas to participate in school classes without having to travel vast distances every day. Be inspired by stories about the students’ unique Outback lifestyle and what has been, and continues to be, one of the most unusual methods of education in the world.
The School of the Air is offering a special entry fee this year for Masters Games entrants to the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre between the 7 – 17 October 2016. Showing your accreditation pass for the Games will entitle the holder to a discounted rate of $ 9.00 per adult and $ 7.00 per child (5 – 16 years). There is no entry fee for local Alice Springs residents.
For more information head to: assoa.nt.edu.au
Phone: 08 8951 6834