PolarTREC Updates

New PEI Master Class for Teachers & Researchers

Polar Educators International (PEI), a vibrant network promoting polar education and research to a global community, is pleased to announce the fourth in the Master Class Series targeting a dual audience:

  • Educators seeking cutting-edge professional development on the latest science discoveries
  • Researchers interested in learning proven strategies for communicating scientific concepts in a clear and meaningful way to non-technical audiences

What will happen to penguins and other Antarctic animals: Evidence of climate change in Antarctica from a marine perspective, features leading researcher, Dr. Jose Xavier, and polar educator, Patricia Azinhaga.

Webinar date/time: Monday, 26 October, 2015 at 2100 GMT/UTC
Registrations are due by 21 October 2015

NOTE: if you are unable to take part in the live webinar, you can still take part in the Master Class by watching the archived version which will be posted on the PEI website discussion group after 27, October 2015—registration is required. Online discussion forum will follow the web seminar: 28 October-4November, 2015

Cost: Free to all participants but membership in PEI is required for participation in Master Class activities.

New PolarTREC Alumni Highlight Video

Betsy Wilkening

Watch PolarTREC teacher Betsy Wilkening explain how her students now connect their actions and environment in Arizona with the impacts and effects in the Polar Regions. Due to her PolarTREC experience, Mrs. Wilkening has become a ‘global teacher’ teaching global issues. “It is all worth it” when students are inspired by her science classes and pursuing science and engineering careers.

Accepting Researcher Applications

Researchers Apply

Apply Today! Researchers applications for the 2016-17 PolarTREC field season are still being accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the program managers.

Teacher Applications are Now Closed

Lucy Coleman hiking up Observation Hill.

Thank you to all who have applied. Applicants will be notified of their standing through the process at various stages. If you submitted an application, you will be notified throughout. Best of luck to all!

New Alumni Highlight Video

Carol at Lab

PolarTREC alumni teacher Carol Scott discusses her Arctic Wetland Dynamics expedition at the Kevo Research Station, Finland, and how it impacted her personally and professionally. Her work with an early career researcher at Kevo exemplifies the 'incredible way to reach a teacher and get your science out there’ to students and classrooms.

Setting Sail on the USCGC Healy

USCGC Healy in Dutch Harbor, AK

PolarTREC alum Bill Schmoker is aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy for 65 days, including time at the North Pole. As a part of the GEOTRACES team, he will be researching trace elements that are critical for marine life and therefore influence the functioning of ocean ecosystems and the global carbon cycle.

PolarTREC Informational Webinar

PolarTREC Informational Webinar (Web Seminar) for Teachers & Researchers

PolarTREC Informational Webinar (Web Seminar) for Teachers & Researchers
The webinar was held 29 July 2015. The informational webinar gives an overview of the PolarTREC program, its goals and objectives, program components, the application process, and will address frequently asked questions.

New Alumni Highlight Video

PolarTREC teacher Michael League

PolarTREC teacher Michael League participated in the Adaptations of Marine Worms in Antarctica expedition in 2011. In this new alumni highlight video, Michael discusses the benefits of the expedition and the impact the program has had on his teaching.

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