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Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

Address: 80 Head Street, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
Phone Number: 08 8951 6834
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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour
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Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Four-wheeling
Owner description: History, Lifestyle & Innovation…Since 1951 when Alice Springs School...
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Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Four-wheeling
Hours:
Sun 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Wollongong, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

What an amazing facility catering for just over 100 students spread over some 1 million kilometres. This centre will astound you as to how it teaches our children of the outback. The film was great and our guide passionate. Well worth the visit.

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Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The tour is a bit long, but the subject is really important. This dedicated staff shows you the history of the technology and the methods that are employed to reach long distant students in the Northern Territory.

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Sydney, Australia
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37 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Setup to raise funds for the School of the Air, the Visitors Centre includes a presentation and a chance to observe the school in action. We visited during school holidays, so we watched a video instead of seeing the teachers in action. It's quite amazing that the school only has 100-ish students yet has established such a good means of... More 

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Paphos, Cyprus
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I never knew just how much the "outback" kids had benefitted from this service. We even watched a lesson taking place. A Fabulous facility.

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California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Well organized presentation and video about the methods used for educating kids in he outback. See the studio where teachers conduct classes over the air. There is a small gift shop.

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Whiting, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

What a brilliant insight into the education of those youngsters who live in remote locations. Gives you a sense of how this school has allowed these young students to be able to interact with the community at large.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

An absolutely fascinating school. My husband and I are both retired educators, and we thoroughly enjoyed learning about this excellent school.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Very interesting visit. Learned a lot about the massive scale of this operation. The school educates students who are hundreds of miles away.

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stourbridge
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

You have come to the centre of Australia why would you not visit this attraction,quite interesting,short video shows you the work that they do,has a cut out part of an old aircraft to see inside and some old bits and pieces.Gives a total history of the founding of the scheme and it's history,a nice way to spend an hour or... More 

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Bucks
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Fascinating to see and hear how the children are taught. Live teaching can be observed through glass panels. Displays of children's work and crafts are on show, and a guided talk explains how it all works for staff, children and families.

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