USC sets sail for world of imagination

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USC sets sail for world of imagination

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Published on 5 August 2014

The Snowsailer, an eco-friendly prototype snow vehicle designed to break world records as it sails across Antarctica to the South Pole, will be on show at the Sunshine Coast Imaginarium on Sunday 10 August from 11am.

University of the Sunshine Coast Lecturer in Science and Engineering Dr Adrian McCallum, who has travelled to both the Arctic and Antarctic for USC research, will man the display.

Dr McCallum also plans to be on the Snowsailer in November as part of the team taking part in the ‘Outer Edge Polar Challenge – Ride for Leukaemia’, while beaming research data directly back to the University.

“By featuring the Snowsailer at the Sunshine Coast Imaginarium, we hope to encourage students at all levels of study to get into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Dr McCallum said.

“This expedition is a great way to show that not everything scientists do is in the classroom or laboratories. Field work can take you to the extremities of the earth, pushing boundaries in your chosen field.”

Dr McCallum will be accompanied at Imaginarium by Snowsailer designer and the expedition’s organiser, Adventure Publishing Managing Director Charles Werb.

Dr McCallum said the Polar Challenge expedition team planned to travel from the edge of the Antarctic polar plateau to the geographic South Pole, and back – a distance of almost 4,500 kilometres.

“We hope to prove that wind-powered travel is a viable and environmentally friendly means of travel and transportation in Antarctica,” he said.

“We will also tow ground penetrating radar behind the Snowsailer to gather new data on ice and snow thickness.”

The other goals for the expedition are to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation and to challenge the world record for distance covered unassisted and wind powered in a 24 hour period in Antarctica.

The Sunshine Coast Imaginarium is a free festival that will feature live entertainment, activities, technology, fun games and sporting demonstrations.

It’s also an open day for prospective students to find out all they need to know about starting study at USC.

— David Cameron

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