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Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

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Address: 80 Head Street, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
Phone Number: 08 8951 6834
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1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Sun 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Four-wheeling
Description: History, Lifestyle & Innovation…Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of...
History, Lifestyle & Innovation…Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of the Air was established, it has been at the forefront of developing techniques that continually enhance learning experiences of students living in remote areas of Central Australia.Immerse yourself in history, learn about outback lifestyle, discover world-class innovations and be inspired by what has been and continues to be a uniquely Australian method of education – achieved in “The World’s Largest Classroom”.
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Largest School in Australia

over 1 million square Kilometres of school - lots of interesting information - Definitely well worth the visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

over 1 million square Kilometres of school - lots of interesting information - Definitely well worth the visit

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New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

What a pleasure to visit this establishment. An informative film, followed by the opportunity to look at work done by some of the students and then viewing of a live classroom session. The assistants answered all of our questions and were most helpful. I supported the school by the purchase and donation of a book for a future student. Vast... More 

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La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Interesting school and a very good idea, also for others countries, like in Africa or others students who can't go directly at school.

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Dublin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We walked here from Toddy's Backpackers Hostel since we had a day to spare after our Uluru trip...it was an hour each way which was a massive mistake on my behalf because I had the wrong shoes on for the walk and ended up with massive blisters but that aside, it was well worth visiting the School of the Air...honestly!... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Very interesting and an unusual way to educate people. Very necessary in 'outback Oz', and it was a great experience to be there whilst they were actually transmitting.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The School of the Air has been around for as long as I have being established in 1951 and has provided education to primary aged school children living in remote properties throughout the Northern Territory and a little more in Western and South Australia. During our visit to the centre, we learnt how this essential service was delivered via satellite... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Very interesting worth a visit, well presented by guides, makes you realize some of the problems and isolation of living in this part of Austraila

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Wake Forest, Nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

While this may not be unique, it is certainly a highly unusual and creative solution to educate children in a very unpopulated, vast and isolated area. We learned about the school's history, how it is organized now and transitioned to computers and wifi versus use of television/radio. We learned about the curriculum, the students and their families and the teachers... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Just like the Royal flying Doctor Service, this facility explains what Australia is doing to provide education via computer and video to children in the outback and on remote sheep or cattle stations.

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Titusville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I was so impressed with how they have been able to keep all these far-flung kids educated and ready to take on the world. Kudos to the Australians and these dedicated people.

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