An iconic school excursion just out of reach
Excursions are a fun and engaging way for children to learn new things but sometimes the best exhibitions, museums and attractions are in different cities, states or countries.
The HMB Endeavour is a replica of the iconic ship that Captain James Cook and botanist Joseph Banks sailed to Australia. On this voyage Banks and his counterparts made the first major collection of Australian flora, describing many species new to Western science.
Lucky Sydneysiders can catch a view of the magnificent vessel whenever they please the replica is an Australian icon that some children may never get the chance to experience.
On board the ship, you get a glimpse into the sailor's life during one of history's greatest maritime adventures. Until recently, this was only possible by visiting the HMB Endeavour in person.
Students tour the vessel digitally from the classroom
Thanks to our technological know-how, students can explore attractions, like the HMB Endeavour, using an advanced immersive learning environment from their home or classroom.
Panoramic cameras installed throughout the ship, cleverly hidden as eighteenth century lanterns, allow students to take a live tour of the ship and control what they see as they embark on their educational expedition.
A museum educator uses a tablet computer to show students around the vessel and interacts with them as the tour is conducted. The guide can ask the students questions and they can respond instantly making the virtual tour as much like a real school excursion as possible.
The virtual visitors can zoom in to explore the specimens that Banks collected, learn about pulley systems and discover how the sailors avoided scurvy by keeping up their vitamins with sauerkraut.
By making the HMB Endeavour available digitally, the Australian National Maritime Museum can now offer a rich and real-life learning environment to help children learn about this historically and scientifically significant vessel.
Welcoming more students onboard
Bookings for excursions are now open and the Australian National Maritime Museum is pleased to be able to share the ship with students from all across Australia and potentially the world.
This technology solution is a great alternative for schools in remote areas where excursion options are limited and to bring iconic attractions like the HMB Endeavour to students, no matter where they live.
Visit the museum’s website for more information, including how to book.
This project was funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts.