Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School

The Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School is a five-day event for Year 13 students interested in studying Astronomy or Physics at university. This year, the programme ran from 13-17 April and students spent time at both the University of Canterbury's Ilam Campus and at Mt John Observatory in Tekapo.

We travelled to Mt John Observatory at Tekapo where we explored our cosmic neighbourhood with modern astronomical instruments. Back on campus at the University of Canterbury we talked about the universe past, present and future, the life cycles of stars, planet exploration, extraterrestrial life and more. The programme contained a mix of seminars and practical work.


Thanks to a generous donation from a private sponsor, the Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School is offered free of charge.

Accommodation, meals, transport during the camp and materials are provided. It is recommended that students bring along additional spending money for any snacks, souvenirs and the like.


Students will be provided with accommodation during their stay in Tekapo and the UC campus.


As the University of Canterbury is responsible for the health and safety of the participants, students may not travel off campus or away from the group unless accompanied by a postgraduate student or staff member.

All students must follow any rules and instructions given to them by designated staff and postgraduate students.


Transport to the University of Canterbury should be arranged so participants can arrive in time to register at the start of the camp.

We will arrange flight bookings for those successful applicants who are from out of town.

All travel and accommodation arrangements will be confirmed with successful applicants. Airport pick-ups will be arranged in groups.


For further information and enquiries please contact:

Aimee Claassens
Outreach and Events Coordinator
Phone: +64 3 369 0652
Email: scienceoutreach@canterbury.ac.nz

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