• iceberg
  • boy with flowers
  • checking water quality
  • planet eclipse
  • solarsystem model
  • rangitoto trees
  • kids with test tubes
  • kids with earth
  • snowy mountains
  • teens in physics class
  • Rainbow Clouds

    Refraction and diffraction of light through ice crystals in the clouds

  • Philippa On The Ice

    Philippa On The Ice Philippa Werry at an Antarctic research camp 2016

New Zealand Science Teacher


Astronomy School

A Fantastic Opportunity for Senior High School Students!

Astronomy School 2017


Canterbury University College of Science and the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, in conjunction with their Mt John Observatory colleagues, are offering senior students throughout New Zealand a unique life experience.  The Elaine P. Snowden annual Astronomy School is offering successful applicants a fully funded five day Astronomy Camp, taking place in Christchurch and Tekapo, on the 16 - 20 April.  

Ideal candidates will be Year 13 students with a passion for all things astronomical, or exceptional Year 12 students with an Astronomical or Astrophysical career goal.

The camp will take place at Canterbury University's Ilam campus, in Christchurch, and it will also include a visit to the world renowned Mt John Observatory, in Tekapo.  All transport and accommodation costs are covered.  There are only twenty places available, and the most suitable candidates will be selected from applications received by Monday 5 March.

Find out more about the camp from last year's recipients:




Applications close on Monday 5 March and can be found here.

If you have any questions please email outreach@canterbury.ac.nz