A competition that gives students in the electorate of McMillan the chance to win a trip to Antarctica has been extended until Friday July 7.

The ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition will see up to 12 students fly to Antarctica for a day and become the first children to set foot on the continent under the Australian Antarctic Division program.

Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said that the competition deadline has been extended by four weeks to allow more students the opportunity to enter.

“The Australian Antarctic Division decided to extend the competition to engage with as many school children from all around Australia as possible and give teachers the time to work through the curriculum-aligned modules about the icebreaker.”

“I encourage all teachers living in McMillan to use this competition as an opportunity to educate students about Australia’s long involvement with Antarctica,” Mr Broadbent said.

The ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition has two categories: primary (years 5 and 6) and secondary (years 7 and 8), with classes able to enter their suggested name in a written or video format.

More information on the competition can be found on the Australian Antarctic Division’s website, ‘Classroom Antarctica’. Construction of Australia’s new icebreaker started last week with the first pieces of steel cut for the 160 metre vessel.
For more information, visit: http://classroom.antarctica.gov.au/icebreaker