Antarctica Day 2013 - Flags and Books

Antarctica is an amazing place, filled with fascinating forms of marine life, mountains of ice, and vast polar deserts. It is also a place of peace and scientific Discovery because of the Antarctic Treaty which was ratified on December, 1st 1959. Continuing in this spirit of international cooperation, APECS, in conjunction with Our Spaces and Polar Educators International (PEI), are once again encouraging educators and their students from around the world to express their own knowledge, curiosity and amazement about this incredible frozen continent in the form of Antarctica Flags and Books.

Antarctica Day Flags & Books

Antarctic Flags and Books are creative ways for students or anyone to express their questions, ideas, and knowledge about Antarctica or Antarctic science. For Antarctic Flags students are invited to draw or use the best way (collage with magazine clippings and glue, coloured pencil, marker, crayon, water colour, etc.) to express their questions, thoughts, and knowledge concerning any part of this fascinating continent.

Advanced students can also create their own books that demonstrate a small research project on a particular Antarctic topic. These books could be made of a maximum of 20 drawings on different sheets. It’s important that the book represents the idea of a group of students and each school can send one book to be included on the site and released. Some Antarctic Flags can be chosen to be included in the books. Choose the best flags of your students and creatively put them together into a book adding text. The book could be created by scanning or photographing the drawings and inserting these drawings into a computer program such as Power Point or Word.

Do you want to explain the Antarctica Day Flag activity to your students? Here's a great power point presentation about it. 

Suggested themes for students to address on either a flag or in a book:

1. What is Antarctica? (e.g. geographical/meteorological/geological/biological setting)
2. "Antarctic Geography" - Where is Antarctica and what is nearby?
3. "Antarctic History" - What is the history of this area? What was important to this region's discovery (explorers / expeditions, whaling, fishing, science?) Who were the first humans to get there?)
4. Has Antarctica always been covered by ice?
5. What is the Antarctic Treaty? When and why was it signed?
6. "Antarctic Science " - What do scientists study about this region and how do they do it?
7. "Antarctic Flags" - What do your Antarctica Day flags represent ?
8. "Global Connections" - What links you and where you live with Antarctica?
9. Why is international collaboration particularly important in Antarctica?
10. Why is it important to study, understand, and preserve Antarctica and its surroundings?

Antarctica Flag Submission

APECS and Our Spaces have partnered again to offer the chance for students to see their flags displayed at research camps in Antarctica! If you would like your student's flags to be displayed, email images of each flag in a jpeg format to Julie Berkman at For additional information, research resources, or general assistance, please email us at Have a wonderful Antarctica Day!

Antarctica Book Submission:

Save your book as a PDF and send it to We will collect all the books and display them on our website. 

Here you can find the Antarctica Day 2013 Flags - From the Classroom to Antarctica activity translated in your preferred language:

Antarctica Day 2013 Flags - Dutch

Vier mee met de Dag van Antarctica en ontwerp je eigen vlag - Van het klaslokaal naar Antarctica


  • Leren over Antarctica als een plaats op aarde waar landen samenwerken en hun wetenschappelijk onderzoek delen om vreedzaam 10% van onze planeet te beheren
  • Ontwerpen van vlaggen maken over Antarctica, die de interesses en inspiratie van leerlingen weerspiegelen
  • Activiteiten in het klaslokaal verbinden met wetenschappers en lesgevers in Antarctica
Antarctica Day 2013 Flags - English

Antarctica Day Flags – From the Classroom to Antarctica


  • To teach about Antarctica as a place on our planet where nations work together sharing their scientific research to peacefully manage 10% of the earth
  • To create flag designs for Antarctica, reflecting student’s interests and inspiration
  • To connect classroom activities with scientists and educators in Antarctica


Antarctica Day 2013 Flags - French

Les drapeaux du Jour de l’Antarctique – de la classe à l’Antarctique


  • Enseigner aux élèves que l’Antarctique est un continent pour la paix et la science qui correspond à 10% de notre planète, un endroit unique où les nations travaillent ensemble et partagent leurs recherches scientifiques.
  • Créer un drapeau de l’Antarctique qui reflète les intérêts et inspirations des élèves.
  • Connecter les activités réalisées en classe avec des scientifiques présents en Antarctique.
Antarctica Day 2013 Flags - Russian

Флаги Дня Антарктики – в Антарктику из класса


  • Рассказать об Антарктике как о месте на нашей планете, где государства работают вместе, объединяя свои научные исследования для мирного управления 10% планеты.
  • Создать дизайны флагов для Антарктики, отражающие интересы и источники вдохновения каждого ученика
  • Связать деятельность в классе с учеными и преподавателями в Антарктике
Antarctica Day 2013 Flags - Japanese

南極の旗を作ろう! - ~みんなの学校から南極へのメッセージ~


Antarctica Day 2013 Flags - Chinese



  • 教导学生关于南极洲的故事:世界各国携手合作,和平管理这块占地球十分之一的陆地,彼此共享科研成果。
  • 为南极洲设计旗帜,激发学生的兴趣与创作灵感;
  • 将课堂教学和研究南极的科学家、教育工作者联系起来。
Antarctica Day 2013 Flags - Portugese

Bandeiras do dia da Antártida – Da Sala de Aula para a Antártida


  • Promover a sa Antárctica como um lugar no nosso planeta onde as nações trabalham juntas partilhando a suas investigações permitindo a gestão pacífica de 10% da Terra
  • Criar bandeiras para a Antárctica, refletindo a inspiração e os interesses dos estudantes
  • Interligar atividades de sala de aula com cientistas e educadores na Antártida



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