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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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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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It was an amazing experience to 'sit in' on a class.

It was easy to visit the bus stops at the door! It was moving to see the extent of the area and the number of students the school covered. The students art work on the walls was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

It was easy to visit the bus stops at the door! It was moving to see the extent of the area and the number of students the school covered. The students art work on the walls was amazing. The staff at the centre were so friendly and helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Very interesting to learn how the children living in remote areas are educated. Bravo for this school for undertaking such a daunting task. We got to see the end of a lesson and to see maps of where all of the children come from. Well worth visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed our visit to watch a lesson in progress. Free to self guide or if you would like a guide to 'talk' you through the school then you pay a fee. Being a teacher found it very interesting, good educational shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very practical & efficient way of reaching and teaching the children in the outback. They explain in detail how they mange to get across all the school lessons to the children in their own homes. These children would otherwise not have any access to formal education. They are doing a great job. Worth a visit if you have some time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I loved our visit to this exhibition and I was fascinated by the way the teachers interact with pupils from remote areas . Lots of craft work done by students and an ingenious way to avoid small children having to go to boarding school. Definitely worth a visit .

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to visit, every thing was explained and shown to us. we witnessed the area they cover and where the students were situated, we also saw where the teachers did there teaching from

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

As I teacher, I loved this.The guide was friendly and informative and the film up to date & interesting.So glad I went there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Gives a fascinating insight into the trials and challenges of providing education over vast distances to isolated families and communities. There's a short film giving an overview of the history of the school of the air and if you go at the right time of day you can see the teachers operating live to air from the studios. Do visit,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A great place to see how remote students learn. I would highly recommend to see the history of the school of the air as well. While you are there you can also sponsor a $10 or $20 book for the SOTA library. The kids lived he experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Our kids were mesmerised by the tour and videos. So interesting, especially seeing all the technology the teachers use to run a class these days! Try to go during the week so you can see a class in action. We went on the weekend which was still worth the trip. A must see when in Alice Springs. You won't be... More 

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