LEARNZ began life in 1995 as an Antarctic focused education programme harnessing the great stories that came from New Zealand Antarctic science research. LEARNZ at that time was an acronym for Linking Education and Antarctic Research in New Zealand. During the period 1995 - 1998, LEARNZ developed the concept of the virtual field trip; taking students on learning adventures to the Dry Valleys, the Antarctic coast and the Ross Sea in the depths of an Antarctic winter on-board a research ice breaker. The focal person in each of these expeditions was the LEARNZ Teacher: meeting researchers in their workplace, interpreting and meeting objectives in science, social studies and technology curricula. Watch the LEARNZ promo video.