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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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8:30 am - 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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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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89 reviews 89 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I enjoyed this visit and found it very informative. The only downside for me was not any fault of the facility but the fact that now it is all done digitally makes it not really that different from the open university concept that has interactive classrooms etc. But the history of it was fascinating and it really gave me the... More 

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Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We visited the school of the air as part of an excursion package, and I a so glad that we did. We found out about things that we didn't know existed and the lady who was explaining obviously loved the job that she did. Please visit the School of the Air if you get the chance, and make a donation... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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185 helpful votes 185 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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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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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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