This past weekend Ian Meiklejohn and three current Masters students (Tebogo Masebe, Nicola Wilmot and Jenna Knox), attended the 2017 SA Agulhas II Open Day on the 23th and 24th of June. Friday was aimed at both primary and high school children, with the intention of inspiring, exciting and educating young minds in the fields of science, Antarctic research, oceanography and various logistical expertise. Saturday was aimed at the general public, with attendance in the thousands, with over 60 tours of the ship being completed throughout the day.
The Open Say is a fantastic method of outreach, to both the public and children with various activities on offer for each demographic. It was great to see how interested the general public were with the ship and the research which is conducted on board. Some members of the public knew about our research, which was awesome to hear, while others were more concerned about climate change and others were just keen to chat. One of the main questions asked was, “Why do we study in Antarctica“, and “Is it very cold”? Overall, it was a great two days interacting with those interested in the South African National Antarctic Program (SANAP).