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International Polar Week Collection

Equinox
Illustration of the Equinoxes.
Introducing the International Polar Week Collection a collection of resources that celebrate the Equinoxes. Starting in 2012, International Polar Week is celebrated twice a year, in March and in September. The Equinoxes are the only time when everywhere on earth the day length is 12 hours, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the poles on a global scale!

In celebration, several organizations have partnered together to host a variety of activities to connect and educate people about the polar regions. Learn more about the Polar Regions through this special collection of materials gathered to help celebrate this global event. These resources are FREE and will always be available, allowing you to access them at any time. In addition, every event will have a global activity, something that anyone and everyone can do! For more information on Polar Week you can check out the APECS Polar Week Page for all the events.

Here are the featured additions to the resource collection - submitted and reviewed by members of Polar Educators International:

Other activities include:

The International Polar Week Collection was created with the help from researchers and educators that work in the polar regions and supported by Association of Polar Early Career Scientists,Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., and Polar Educators International (polareducators [at] gmail [dot] com).

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Lesson

Updated: March 20, 2012 - 6:29am
Author(s): Elizabeth Eubanks
Excerpt: Overview Elizabeth Eubanks PolarTREC teacher 2008 – Arctic Tundra Dynamics created this lesson to introduce her students to a wide variety of polar scientists and their research. Students will use the PolarTREC and other websites to learn about the various research projects that are going on at...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 21, 2012 - 3:31pm
Author(s): Jillian Worssam
Excerpt: Overview Students will develop an understanding of what it takes to interview scientists, and take the corresponding data and reformat it into an electronic medium. Objective Students will be able to write questions to scientists in the field, interview, take the data collected, and convert to...
Completion Time: About a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Members: Jillian Worssam
Updated: March 13, 2013 - 5:46am
Author(s): Anne Marie Wotkyns
Excerpt: Overview Plan and run a family fun afternoon or evening with several hands-on activities. Students help run the activity stations and share what they have learned about the Polar Regions. A great culminating activity for a unit on the Arctic, Antarctica, or both, and a fun way to involve families...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: February 20, 2014 - 7:04pm
Author(s):
Linda Morris
US Ice Drilling Program
Excerpt: Teacher Notes Students investigate the formation, physical and chemical properties of ice cores to determine the cause of a discrepant event. Key Concept Scientists analyze ice cores for evidence of climate history. Background This activity is based on known events: 1783's Laki volcano in...
Completion Time: About a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up

Web Link

Updated: March 14, 2012 - 12:11pm
Author(s): Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Excerpt: The Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) provides curriculum-based arctic resources for use with K-12 students. Resources include inquiry-based classroom lessons, a student network for observing arctic weather (S.N.O.W.) , digital lectures, and an interactive multimedia learning system (on DVD...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 28, 2012 - 3:36pm
Author(s): Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways
Excerpt: Polar science is a topic both your students and you can get into. This publication gives you a variety of angles to choose from in implementing a study of polar science. This resource was created under a National Science Foundation Grant by Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways.
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: August 27, 2013 - 7:06am
Author(s): National Geograhic
Excerpt: MapMaker Kits offer K-12 students the opportunity to work with key mapping concepts at a variety of scales and to see the world in new ways. Unique large-scale maps and activities engage students in the manipulation and analysis of a variety of geographic information sets, helping them build skills...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 6:58am
Author(s): Journey North
Excerpt: Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Follow photoperiod clues to search for ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery! Discover the reasons for seasons along the way.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 20, 2013 - 10:35am
Author(s): International Polar Year Programme Office
Excerpt: Icy IPY activities can be downloaded in word documents and tried in your classroom. From 'Blubber Gloves' to 'Experiments with Ice and Snow', there are a wealth of different activities to introduce students to the Polar Regions or complement their existing knowledge of the Poles. The International...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 26, 2012 - 6:28am
Author(s): ANDRILL
Excerpt: What's a Flexhibit? A Flexhibit is a Flexible Exhibit package that contains a set of hands-on learning activities, attractive banner graphics, and video podcasts that make it possible for groups of 10- to 15- year olds to engage in both learning and teaching. Groups of students can complete the...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 29, 2012 - 5:33am
Date: Mon, 03/01/2010
Author(s): Bettina Kaiser
Excerpt: The Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education & Outreach - was written to ensure that the efforts catalyzed by the International Polar Year (IPY) will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers with a shared...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: October 23, 2013 - 7:30am
Author(s): Penguin Science
Excerpt: This web site offers in-depth information on all manner of penguin life - photos, animations, and live penguin cams will delight viewers of all ages. Follow the link to 'Penguins Marching into the Classroom' for penguin-related educational activities, picture galleries, journals, and skill testing...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 16, 2012 - 3:27pm
Author(s): ANDRILL Project Iceberg
Excerpt: ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) has drilled and recovered thousands of meters of rock core from beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf in Antarctica. What secrets are hidden in this rock? Why do scientists from around the world work together to uncover these secrets that have been shrouded beneath...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: May 15, 2012 - 5:41am
Author(s): International Polar Foundation
Excerpt: This detailed animation shows how the Earth is lit by the Sun throughout the year. The lighting of the Arctic and the Antarctic is detailed for every month of the year to help explain, among other things, the resulting polar night. The animation is available in the following languages: English:...
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: March 21, 2012 - 1:51pm
Author(s): Progetto Smilla - ANDRILL's Italian Educational Project
Excerpt: This website is an English translation of some of the sections of the progettosmilla.it website, the Italian educational project of ANDRILL, an Antarctic International Scientific Research project. The site includes a blog from Antarctica, descriptions of ANDRILL research geared to students and...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 21, 2012 - 1:50pm
Date: Sun, 03/18/2012 - Sat, 03/24/2012
Author(s): Museo Nazionale Antartide
Excerpt: Learn more about Polar Week and research on the southern continent through the website of the Italian National Museum (Museo Nazionale Antartide). Note: The website is in Italian.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: April 9, 2012 - 1:44pm
Author(s): Progetto Smilla and IPrase Trentino
Excerpt: Explore this interactive animation showing the size of Antarctica relative to other continents and countries. This resource was developed by the Italian educational project in the context of ANDRILL (Antarctic Geological drilling) research. The site is in Italian but the animation can be used...
Grade Level: All Ages

Video

Updated: February 28, 2012 - 3:21pm
Author(s): APECS (Association for Polar Early Career Scientists)
Excerpt: Professor Cynthia de Wit of Stockholm University explains the concept of biomagnification of persistant organic pollutants in arctic marine ecosystems. This video comes from the APECS (Association for Polar Early Career Scientists) webinar library.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Updated: March 7, 2012 - 6:03pm
Date: Sun, 02/19/2012
Author(s): Comite Polare
Excerpt: Permafrost is a key cryospheric component and of global interest for better understanding climate change. This short film presents an overview of permafrost on Earth and focuses on the International Polar Year (IPY) activities of a research group from the University of Lisbon and its international...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: October 17, 2013 - 8:33am
Date: Tue, 08/05/2008
Author(s): Kenji Yoshikawa
Excerpt: Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: May 7, 2012 - 5:51am
Date: Mon, 01/05/2009
Author(s): Kenji Yoshikawa
Excerpt: Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 7, 2012 - 5:55pm
Date: Fri, 04/10/2009
Author(s): Kenji Yoshikawa
Excerpt: Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 7, 2012 - 6:00pm
Date: Thu, 09/10/2009
Author(s): Kenji Yoshikawa
Excerpt: Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 7, 2012 - 6:01pm
Date: Sun, 02/19/2012
Author(s): Comite Polar
Excerpt: A young marine biologist from Portugal shows the science, the beauty and the importance of the polar regions to the planet from a research cruise en route to Antarctica. Film is primarily in Portuguese with some English.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Elementary and Up

Activity

Updated: August 14, 2012 - 5:04pm
Date: Mon, 01/16/2012 - Fri, 03/30/2012
Author(s):
Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide
International Polar Foundation
Excerpt: Introduction Join the International Sun Shadows Project! - Pupils and teachers all over the world will join forces to measure the shadows of a 1m long stick. Participation in the project is free and open to all! Teachers, students and scientists from around the world are encouraged to join in and...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 20, 2013 - 10:35am
Author(s):
Louise Huffman
Bill Grosser
Excerpt: Students experiment with a “blubber glove” to experience how insulation affects heat transfer, and how the adaptation of blubber helps penguins as well as seals, whales and walruses survive in bitterly cold waters.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 20, 2013 - 10:35am
Author(s): Louise Huffman
Excerpt: Students will observe how soils and rocks of different densities behave in wind and in water. They will make predictions and careful observations as they learn about sediment transport and sediment rates in streams and rivers.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 16, 2012 - 8:05am
Author(s): IPY International Programme Office
Excerpt: This PDF handout and activity provides background information about polar weather and climate followed by an activity to help students consider their own local weather vs. polar weather. Students will observe the weather where they live and report on basic meteorological data such as air...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 16, 2012 - 3:24pm
Author(s): IPY International Programme Office
Excerpt: The attached Changing Earth flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of the history of planet Earth and an activity involving the use of a rope as a timeline to represents the Earth’s history from the present to 65 million years ago.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: December 9, 2013 - 6:05am
Author(s): IPY Programme Office
Excerpt: The attached Ice Sheets flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about ice sheets in both the Arctic and Antarctica, followed by an activity which allows students to make their own realistic model of an ice sheet with commonly...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 22, 2012 - 6:39am
Author(s): IPY Programme Office
Excerpt: The attached Lands and Life flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of terrestrial polar ecosystems, from southern cold maritime islands to dry continental deserts in Antarctica and from tree line across the continental tundra to remote northern...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: May 31, 2012 - 6:28am
Author(s): IPY Programme Office
Excerpt: The attached Polar Oceans flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, provides summary information about the Polar Oceans and describes how the circulation in polar waters exerts a powerful control on the Earth's climate and carbon cycle. Activities attached to the flyer...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: July 24, 2012 - 7:03am
Author(s): IPY Programme Office
Excerpt: People have lived in the Arctic for many millennia, developing skills, strategies, and community knowledge to survive polar conditions. The attached flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, summarizes some of the present issues of concern for residents of the Arctic,...
Completion Time: About a week
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: July 24, 2012 - 6:43am
Author(s): IPY Polar Programme
Excerpt: Sea ice, the thin layer of ice that covers most of the Arctic Ocean and surrounds most of the Antarctic continent, represents a distinctive feature of our planet. The attached flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about sea ice...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: June 30, 2013 - 5:35pm
Date: Sun, 03/18/2012 - Sat, 03/24/2012
Author(s): Erika Meadows
Excerpt: This polar-themed unit plan provides a resource for teachers looking for ways to integrate a variety of challenging lessons and activities into their curriculum. The lessons touch on a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, and science. The unit is designed for a 3rd grade class...
Completion Time: More than a week
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: February 21, 2013 - 5:25pm
Author(s):
Sheldon Bart
Michael J. Passow
Excerpt: Overview Wilderness Research Foundation (USA) has developed two teaching modules based on a project we conducted in the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2010. They're available free for any educator interested in reviewing them for classroom use. The project concerned the collection of soil samples...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: April 12, 2014 - 9:39am
Excerpt: Overview Wilderness Research Foundation (USA) has developed two teaching modules based on a project we conducted in the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2010. They're available free for any educator interested in reviewing them for classroom use. The project concerned the collection of soil samples...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: September 23, 2012 - 10:39am
Excerpt: Purpose To compare the conductivity of freshwater and seawater. This is a lab activity, and students should be taught appropriate safety measures, including eye protection and safety while using electricity. Procedure Use the table in attached PDF to record your data. Put 100 mL of 3.5% NaCl...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: August 28, 2012 - 10:52am
Excerpt: Purpose To learn about the effects of air pollution on Sea Ice. This can be a library/computer lab-based activity. Procedure Teacher: Mix up a 3.5% solution of NaCl. Make enough "sea-ice" cubes for each pair of students Make another class set of ice cubes with tap water. Leave the ice in...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 6:37am
Excerpt: Purpose Glaciers are slow-moving masses of ice that exist where more snow falls than melts. They occupy about 10% of the Earth’s land, mostly in Greenland and Antarctica. Here, glaciers can be as much as 2 miles thick and weigh more than millions of tons. As they move, glaciers can widen and...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages

Presentation

Updated: March 7, 2012 - 6:04pm
Date: Mon, 12/05/2011 - Fri, 12/09/2011
Author(s):
Sophie Weeks
Allen Pope
Excerpt: Poster presentation by the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK, originally presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in 2011. The Polar Museum Education and Outreach program aims to bring the research work of the Scott Polar Research Institute staff to a...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: August 12, 2013 - 11:36am
Author(s): Laura Beltrami
Excerpt: This PowerPoint presentation in Italian about polar antifreeze proteins was submitted as a capstone project by Laura Beltrami, a participant in the Cyber-based Interdisciplinary Science Education (C-ISE) Learning Course. This stand-alone presentation can be used to complement a Life Science lesson.
Grade Level: All Ages

Article

Updated: March 12, 2012 - 3:50pm
Publication: The Biology of the Polar Regions
Author(s):
David N. Thomas
United Nations Environment Programme
Excerpt: Chapter 2 of The Biology of the Polar Regions. An accessible supplementary text suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in polar ecology.
Grade Level: High school and Up

Event

Updated: April 3, 2012 - 5:45pm
Date: Tue, 03/20/2012
Excerpt: This is a one hour webinar event held in collaboration with APECS for Polar Week. On 20 March 2012 young scientists Meagan Grabowski and Piotr Angiel spoke with students about their work in polar science.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: August 15, 2012 - 3:29pm
Date: Thu, 03/22/2012
Excerpt: This is a one hour webinar event held in collaboration with APECS for Polar Week. On 22 March 2012 young scientists Jennifer Provencher and Piotr Angiel spoke with students about their work in polar science.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: September 21, 2012 - 3:19pm
Date: Thu, 09/20/2012
Excerpt: This one hour long event features researchers Karita Negandhi, Brittany Potter, John Lenters, and Reny Tyson. Karita has a marine biology background but currently studying Arctic thaw ponds, while Brittany and John study lakes in Barrow, Alaska and Reny studies humpback whales in Antarctica. This...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: September 21, 2012 - 3:33pm
Date: Thu, 09/20/2012
Excerpt: This one hour webinar is part of the International Polar Week celebrations sponsored by APECS, ARCUS and PEI. The presenters are young scientists that work in the Polar Regions. They shared information about their work as well as how they became interested in polar science.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: November 5, 2012 - 2:17pm
Date: Mon, 09/17/2012
Excerpt: This one hour webinar is hosted by Polar Educators International for Polar Week - Fall 2012. Speakers are educators from the US and Canada sharing ideas for bringing polar science in classrooms. This webinar is for both educators and researchers.
Completion Time: About 1 period

Image

PolarTREC display at Macon County Public Library summer 2012
Updated: June 28, 2012 - 3:00pm
Date: Fri, 06/01/2012 - Fri, 07/06/2012
Author(s): Susan Steiner
Excerpt: Display at Macon County Library while my expedition is ongoing. Also includes a few hundred bookmarks with expedition address on it
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Activity Where in the World is King George Island? (Understanding the Geography) Overview Wilderness Research Foundation (USA) has developed two teaching modules based on a project we conducted in the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2010. They're available free for any educator interested in reviewing them for classroom use. The project concerned the collection of soil samples... Less than a week Middle School and Up 12 April 2014
Lesson Polar Detectives: Using Ice Core Data to Decode Past Climate Mysteries Teacher Notes Students investigate the formation, physical and chemical properties of ice cores to determine the cause of a discrepant event. Key Concept Scientists analyze ice cores for evidence of climate history. Background This activity is based on known events: 1783's Laki volcano in... About a week Middle School and Up 20 February 2014
Activity Ice Sheet Activity: Make an 'Ice' Sheet The attached Ice Sheets flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about ice sheets in both the Arctic and Antarctica, followed by an activity which allows students to make their own realistic model of an ice sheet with commonly... Less than 1 period All Ages 9 December 2013
Web Link Penguin Science - Marching Into the Classroom! This web site offers in-depth information on all manner of penguin life - photos, animations, and live penguin cams will delight viewers of all ages. Follow the link to 'Penguins Marching into the Classroom' for penguin-related educational activities, picture galleries, journals, and skill testing... All Ages 23 October 2013
Video Tunnel Man Episode 1 - Ice in Permafrost Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages 17 October 2013
Web Link National Geographic Polar Regions MapMaker Kits MapMaker Kits offer K-12 students the opportunity to work with key mapping concepts at a variety of scales and to see the world in new ways. Unique large-scale maps and activities engage students in the manipulation and analysis of a variety of geographic information sets, helping them build skills... All Ages 27 August 2013
Presentation Studiare le Scienze Polari This PowerPoint presentation in Italian about polar antifreeze proteins was submitted as a capstone project by Laura Beltrami, a participant in the Cyber-based Interdisciplinary Science Education (C-ISE) Learning Course. This stand-alone presentation can be used to complement a Life Science lesson. All Ages 12 August 2013
Activity Polar Week Unit Plan This polar-themed unit plan provides a resource for teachers looking for ways to integrate a variety of challenging lessons and activities into their curriculum. The lessons touch on a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, and science. The unit is designed for a 3rd grade class... More than a week Elementary and Up 30 June 2013
Web Link Mystery Class: Tracking Sunlight to Solve a Mystery Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Follow photoperiod clues to search for ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery! Discover the reasons for seasons along the way. All Ages 14 June 2013
Activity How is Glacier Goo Similar to a Real Glacier? Purpose Glaciers are slow-moving masses of ice that exist where more snow falls than melts. They occupy about 10% of the Earth’s land, mostly in Greenland and Antarctica. Here, glaciers can be as much as 2 miles thick and weigh more than millions of tons. As they move, glaciers can widen and... About 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Web Link Icy IPY! - Polar Classroom Activities from the International Polar Year Icy IPY activities can be downloaded in word documents and tried in your classroom. From 'Blubber Gloves' to 'Experiments with Ice and Snow', there are a wealth of different activities to introduce students to the Polar Regions or complement their existing knowledge of the Poles. The International... All Ages 20 March 2013
Activity Sediment Tubes Students will observe how soils and rocks of different densities behave in wind and in water. They will make predictions and careful observations as they learn about sediment transport and sediment rates in streams and rivers. About 1 period Middle School and Up 20 March 2013
Activity Fat Birds, Skinny Birds: How Blubber Keeps Penguins Warm Students experiment with a “blubber glove” to experience how insulation affects heat transfer, and how the adaptation of blubber helps penguins as well as seals, whales and walruses survive in bitterly cold waters. About 1 period All Ages 20 March 2013
Lesson Family Polar Fun Day Overview Plan and run a family fun afternoon or evening with several hands-on activities. Students help run the activity stations and share what they have learned about the Polar Regions. A great culminating activity for a unit on the Arctic, Antarctica, or both, and a fun way to involve families... Less than a week Elementary and Up 13 March 2013
Activity Photosynthesis, Decomposition and the "Buried Carbon" Hypothesis Overview Wilderness Research Foundation (USA) has developed two teaching modules based on a project we conducted in the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2010. They're available free for any educator interested in reviewing them for classroom use. The project concerned the collection of soil samples... Less than a week Middle School and Up 21 February 2013
Event Make Broader Impacts in Polar Science This one hour webinar is hosted by Polar Educators International for Polar Week - Fall 2012. Speakers are educators from the US and Canada sharing ideas for bringing polar science in classrooms. This webinar is for both educators and researchers. About 1 period 5 November 2012
Activity Conductivity of Freshwater vs. Seawater Purpose To compare the conductivity of freshwater and seawater. This is a lab activity, and students should be taught appropriate safety measures, including eye protection and safety while using electricity. Procedure Use the table in attached PDF to record your data. Put 100 mL of 3.5% NaCl... About 1 period Middle School and Up 23 September 2012
Event Polar Week: Connecting to the Poles with Brittany Potter, John Lenters, Reny Tyson and Karita Negandhi This one hour webinar is part of the International Polar Week celebrations sponsored by APECS, ARCUS and PEI. The presenters are young scientists that work in the Polar Regions. They shared information about their work as well as how they became interested in polar science. About 1 period 21 September 2012
Event Polar Week: Connecting to the Poles with Allen Pope and Anne-Mathilde Thierry This one hour long event features researchers Karita Negandhi, Brittany Potter, John Lenters, and Reny Tyson. Karita has a marine biology background but currently studying Arctic thaw ponds, while Brittany and John study lakes in Barrow, Alaska and Reny studies humpback whales in Antarctica. This... About 1 period 21 September 2012
Activity The Effects of Air Pollution on the Melting of Polar Ice Purpose To learn about the effects of air pollution on Sea Ice. This can be a library/computer lab-based activity. Procedure Teacher: Mix up a 3.5% solution of NaCl. Make enough "sea-ice" cubes for each pair of students Make another class set of ice cubes with tap water. Leave the ice in... Less than a week Middle School and Up 28 August 2012
Event Polar Week - Connecting to the Poles 2 This is a one hour webinar event held in collaboration with APECS for Polar Week. On 22 March 2012 young scientists Jennifer Provencher and Piotr Angiel spoke with students about their work in polar science. About 1 period 15 August 2012
Activity Sun Shadows Project - Italy, Belgium, Global! Introduction Join the International Sun Shadows Project! - Pupils and teachers all over the world will join forces to measure the shadows of a 1m long stick. Participation in the project is free and open to all! Teachers, students and scientists from around the world are encouraged to join in and... Less than a week Middle School and Up 14 August 2012
Activity People at the Poles Activity: What Makes a Community? People have lived in the Arctic for many millennia, developing skills, strategies, and community knowledge to survive polar conditions. The attached flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, summarizes some of the present issues of concern for residents of the Arctic,... About a week All Ages 24 July 2012
Activity Sea Ice Activity: What Happens When it Melts? Sea ice, the thin layer of ice that covers most of the Arctic Ocean and surrounds most of the Antarctic continent, represents a distinctive feature of our planet. The attached flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about sea ice... About 1 period All Ages 24 July 2012
Image Macon County,NC - Public Library Display Display at Macon County Library while my expedition is ongoing. Also includes a few hundred bookmarks with expedition address on it 28 June 2012
Activity Polar Oceans Activity: What’s For Lunch? The attached Polar Oceans flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, provides summary information about the Polar Oceans and describes how the circulation in polar waters exerts a powerful control on the Earth's climate and carbon cycle. Activities attached to the flyer... Less than 1 period All Ages 31 May 2012
Web Link Animation about the Polar Night: Available in English, Dutch, and French This detailed animation shows how the Earth is lit by the Sun throughout the year. The lighting of the Arctic and the Antarctic is detailed for every month of the year to help explain, among other things, the resulting polar night. The animation is available in the following languages: English:... Elementary and Up 15 May 2012
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 2 - Permafrost Monitoring Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages 7 May 2012
Web Link Interactive animation showing the size of Antarctica relative to other continents Explore this interactive animation showing the size of Antarctica relative to other continents and countries. This resource was developed by the Italian educational project in the context of ANDRILL (Antarctic Geological drilling) research. The site is in Italian but the animation can be used... All Ages 9 April 2012
Event Polar Week - Connecting to the Poles 1 This is a one hour webinar event held in collaboration with APECS for Polar Week. On 20 March 2012 young scientists Meagan Grabowski and Piotr Angiel spoke with students about their work in polar science. About 1 period 3 April 2012
Web Link Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach The Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education & Outreach - was written to ensure that the efforts catalyzed by the International Polar Year (IPY) will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers with a shared... All Ages 29 March 2012
Web Link Exhibit Antarctica's Climate Secrets - Order a Flexhibit! What's a Flexhibit? A Flexhibit is a Flexible Exhibit package that contains a set of hands-on learning activities, attractive banner graphics, and video podcasts that make it possible for groups of 10- to 15- year olds to engage in both learning and teaching. Groups of students can complete the... Middle School and Up 26 March 2012
Activity Polar Lands and Life Activity: Permafrost Demonstration The attached Lands and Life flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of terrestrial polar ecosystems, from southern cold maritime islands to dry continental deserts in Antarctica and from tree line across the continental tundra to remote northern... Less than 1 period All Ages 22 March 2012
Web Link Progetto Smilla - ANDRILL's Italian Educational Project This website is an English translation of some of the sections of the progettosmilla.it website, the Italian educational project of ANDRILL, an Antarctic International Scientific Research project. The site includes a blog from Antarctica, descriptions of ANDRILL research geared to students and... Middle School and Up 21 March 2012
Web Link Museo Nazionale Antartide - Italian National Museum Learn more about Polar Week and research on the southern continent through the website of the Italian National Museum (Museo Nazionale Antartide). Note: The website is in Italian. All Ages 21 March 2012
Lesson Polar Scientists: Polar Science Overview Elizabeth Eubanks PolarTREC teacher 2008 – Arctic Tundra Dynamics created this lesson to introduce her students to a wide variety of polar scientists and their research. Students will use the PolarTREC and other websites to learn about the various research projects that are going on at... Less than a week All Ages 20 March 2012
Web Link ANDRILL Project Iceberg International Video Journals ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) has drilled and recovered thousands of meters of rock core from beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf in Antarctica. What secrets are hidden in this rock? Why do scientists from around the world work together to uncover these secrets that have been shrouded beneath... All Ages 16 March 2012
Activity Changing Earth Activity: Make a Timeline The attached Changing Earth flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of the history of planet Earth and an activity involving the use of a rope as a timeline to represents the Earth’s history from the present to 65 million years ago. Less than 1 period All Ages 16 March 2012
Activity Above the Poles - Weather Observation This PDF handout and activity provides background information about polar weather and climate followed by an activity to help students consider their own local weather vs. polar weather. Students will observe the weather where they live and report on basic meteorological data such as air... About 1 period Middle School and Up 16 March 2012
Web Link Arctic Climate Modeling Program The Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) provides curriculum-based arctic resources for use with K-12 students. Resources include inquiry-based classroom lessons, a student network for observing arctic weather (S.N.O.W.) , digital lectures, and an interactive multimedia learning system (on DVD... All Ages 14 March 2012
Article Introduction to the Polar Regions Chapter 2 of The Biology of the Polar Regions. An accessible supplementary text suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in polar ecology. High school and Up 12 March 2012
Presentation Cool Club Poster: Young Minds and Polar Researchers - United Kingdom Poster presentation by the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK, originally presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in 2011. The Polar Museum Education and Outreach program aims to bring the research work of the Scott Polar Research Institute staff to a... All Ages 7 March 2012
Video Polar Science at 62ºS - Permafrost Video - Portugal Permafrost is a key cryospheric component and of global interest for better understanding climate change. This short film presents an overview of permafrost on Earth and focuses on the International Polar Year (IPY) activities of a research group from the University of Lisbon and its international... Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 7 March 2012
Video Diário de Bordo / On board Diary - Portugal A young marine biologist from Portugal shows the science, the beauty and the importance of the polar regions to the planet from a research cruise en route to Antarctica. Film is primarily in Portuguese with some English. Less than 1 period Elementary and Up 7 March 2012
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 4 - Geomorphology Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages 7 March 2012
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 3 - Active Layer Monitoring Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages 7 March 2012
Web Link Science and the Polar Regions Introduction Polar science is a topic both your students and you can get into. This publication gives you a variety of angles to choose from in implementing a study of polar science. This resource was created under a National Science Foundation Grant by Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways. Elementary and Up 28 February 2012
Video Arctic Food Webs in the Context of Climate Change - Video Professor Cynthia de Wit of Stockholm University explains the concept of biomagnification of persistant organic pollutants in arctic marine ecosystems. This video comes from the APECS (Association for Polar Early Career Scientists) webinar library. Less than 1 period 28 February 2012
Lesson Polar Profiles Overview Students will develop an understanding of what it takes to interview scientists, and take the corresponding data and reformat it into an electronic medium. Objective Students will be able to write questions to scientists in the field, interview, take the data collected, and convert to... About a week Middle School and Up 21 February 2012
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Event Polar Week: Connecting to the Poles with Brittany Potter, John Lenters, Reny Tyson and Karita Negandhi This one hour webinar is part of the International Polar Week celebrations sponsored by APECS, ARCUS and PEI. The presenters are young scientists that work in the Polar Regions. They shared information about their work as well as how they became interested in polar science. About 1 period View Resource September 21, 2012 - 3:33pm
Event Polar Week: Connecting to the Poles with Allen Pope and Anne-Mathilde Thierry This one hour long event features researchers Karita Negandhi, Brittany Potter, John Lenters, and Reny Tyson. Karita has a marine biology background but currently studying Arctic thaw ponds, while Brittany and John study lakes in Barrow, Alaska and Reny studies humpback whales in Antarctica. This... About 1 period View Resource September 21, 2012 - 3:19pm
Event Make Broader Impacts in Polar Science This one hour webinar is hosted by Polar Educators International for Polar Week - Fall 2012. Speakers are educators from the US and Canada sharing ideas for bringing polar science in classrooms. This webinar is for both educators and researchers. About 1 period View Resource November 5, 2012 - 2:17pm
Image Macon County,NC - Public Library Display Display at Macon County Library while my expedition is ongoing. Also includes a few hundred bookmarks with expedition address on it View Resource June 28, 2012 - 3:00pm
Event Polar Week - Connecting to the Poles 2 This is a one hour webinar event held in collaboration with APECS for Polar Week. On 22 March 2012 young scientists Jennifer Provencher and Piotr Angiel spoke with students about their work in polar science. About 1 period View Resource August 15, 2012 - 3:29pm
Event Polar Week - Connecting to the Poles 1 This is a one hour webinar event held in collaboration with APECS for Polar Week. On 20 March 2012 young scientists Meagan Grabowski and Piotr Angiel spoke with students about their work in polar science. About 1 period View Resource April 3, 2012 - 5:45pm
Activity Polar Week Unit Plan This polar-themed unit plan provides a resource for teachers looking for ways to integrate a variety of challenging lessons and activities into their curriculum. The lessons touch on a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, and science. The unit is designed for a 3rd grade class... More than a week Elementary and Up View Resource June 30, 2013 - 5:35pm
Web Link Museo Nazionale Antartide - Italian National Museum Learn more about Polar Week and research on the southern continent through the website of the Italian National Museum (Museo Nazionale Antartide). Note: The website is in Italian. All Ages View Resource March 21, 2012 - 1:50pm
Video Polar Science at 62ºS - Permafrost Video - Portugal Permafrost is a key cryospheric component and of global interest for better understanding climate change. This short film presents an overview of permafrost on Earth and focuses on the International Polar Year (IPY) activities of a research group from the University of Lisbon and its international... Less than 1 period Middle School and Up View Resource March 7, 2012 - 6:03pm
Video Diário de Bordo / On board Diary - Portugal A young marine biologist from Portugal shows the science, the beauty and the importance of the polar regions to the planet from a research cruise en route to Antarctica. Film is primarily in Portuguese with some English. Less than 1 period Elementary and Up View Resource March 7, 2012 - 6:01pm
Activity Sun Shadows Project - Italy, Belgium, Global! Introduction Join the International Sun Shadows Project! - Pupils and teachers all over the world will join forces to measure the shadows of a 1m long stick. Participation in the project is free and open to all! Teachers, students and scientists from around the world are encouraged to join in and... Less than a week Middle School and Up View Resource August 14, 2012 - 5:04pm
Presentation Cool Club Poster: Young Minds and Polar Researchers - United Kingdom Poster presentation by the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK, originally presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in 2011. The Polar Museum Education and Outreach program aims to bring the research work of the Scott Polar Research Institute staff to a... All Ages View Resource March 7, 2012 - 6:04pm
Web Link Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach The Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education & Outreach - was written to ensure that the efforts catalyzed by the International Polar Year (IPY) will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers with a shared... All Ages View Resource March 29, 2012 - 5:33am
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 4 - Geomorphology Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages View Resource March 7, 2012 - 6:00pm
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 3 - Active Layer Monitoring Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages View Resource March 7, 2012 - 5:55pm
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 2 - Permafrost Monitoring Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages View Resource May 7, 2012 - 5:51am
Video Tunnel Man Episode 1 - Ice in Permafrost Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages View Resource October 17, 2013 - 8:33am
Activity Where in the World is King George Island? (Understanding the Geography) Overview Wilderness Research Foundation (USA) has developed two teaching modules based on a project we conducted in the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2010. They're available free for any educator interested in reviewing them for classroom use. The project concerned the collection of soil samples... Less than a week Middle School and Up View Resource April 12, 2014 - 9:39am
Lesson Polar Detectives: Using Ice Core Data to Decode Past Climate Mysteries Teacher Notes Students investigate the formation, physical and chemical properties of ice cores to determine the cause of a discrepant event. Key Concept Scientists analyze ice cores for evidence of climate history. Background This activity is based on known events: 1783's Laki volcano in... About a week Middle School and Up View Resource February 20, 2014 - 7:04pm
Activity Ice Sheet Activity: Make an 'Ice' Sheet The attached Ice Sheets flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about ice sheets in both the Arctic and Antarctica, followed by an activity which allows students to make their own realistic model of an ice sheet with commonly... Less than 1 period All Ages View Resource December 9, 2013 - 6:05am
Web Link Penguin Science - Marching Into the Classroom! This web site offers in-depth information on all manner of penguin life - photos, animations, and live penguin cams will delight viewers of all ages. Follow the link to 'Penguins Marching into the Classroom' for penguin-related educational activities, picture galleries, journals, and skill testing... All Ages View Resource October 23, 2013 - 7:30am
Web Link National Geographic Polar Regions MapMaker Kits MapMaker Kits offer K-12 students the opportunity to work with key mapping concepts at a variety of scales and to see the world in new ways. Unique large-scale maps and activities engage students in the manipulation and analysis of a variety of geographic information sets, helping them build skills... All Ages View Resource August 27, 2013 - 7:06am
Presentation Studiare le Scienze Polari This PowerPoint presentation in Italian about polar antifreeze proteins was submitted as a capstone project by Laura Beltrami, a participant in the Cyber-based Interdisciplinary Science Education (C-ISE) Learning Course. This stand-alone presentation can be used to complement a Life Science lesson. All Ages View Resource August 12, 2013 - 11:36am
Web Link Mystery Class: Tracking Sunlight to Solve a Mystery Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Follow photoperiod clues to search for ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery! Discover the reasons for seasons along the way. All Ages View Resource June 14, 2013 - 6:58am
Activity How is Glacier Goo Similar to a Real Glacier? Purpose Glaciers are slow-moving masses of ice that exist where more snow falls than melts. They occupy about 10% of the Earth’s land, mostly in Greenland and Antarctica. Here, glaciers can be as much as 2 miles thick and weigh more than millions of tons. As they move, glaciers can widen and... About 1 period All Ages View Resource April 3, 2013 - 6:37am