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Greenland Education Tour 09

Meet the Team

NSF Einstein Fellow - Jennifer Thompson

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Washington , District Of Columbia
United States

Jennifer Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and outdoor recreation and her experiences as a guide, commercial fisher, naturalist, and parent eventually led her to pursue a career in education. Ms. Thompson thoroughly enjoys working with young children and engaging them in the natural world. She has taught kindergarten and first grade classes in Juneau, Alaska for ten years, and is currently spending a year in Arlington, Virginia as an Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Ms. Thompson is intrigued with polar science and thankful for the opportunities she has had to interact with scientists investigating climate change, and hopes to build additional collaborative relationships through PolarTREC. Ms. Thompson has two teenagers and loves everything outdoors—skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, climbing, boating and coastal beach walks!

Journals

July 20, 2009 Summit to Kangerlussuaq

A very full and busy week in addition to internet challenges made for the lack of continued journal entries. Look for posts by the end of the week to fill in the activities from the day our Education team made it to Kangerlussuaq from the Summit Station. We enjoyed our last day together with a hike...
A very full and busy week in addition to internet challenges made for the lack of continued journal entries. Look for posts by the end of the week to fill in the activities from the day our Education team made it to Kangerlussuaq from the Summit Station. We enjoyed our last day together with a hike...

July 12, 2009 Waiting for a Plane

Our 4am alarm was fifteen minutes too early...Trine and I packed our gear, rolled up our sleep kit and had everything nearly ready to go when we got word that the plane was delayed due to weather and visibility. We had to decide whether to pull out the gear and go back to sleep or go ahead and walk...
Our 4am alarm was fifteen minutes too early...Trine and I packed our gear, rolled up our sleep kit and had everything nearly ready to go when we got word that the plane was delayed due to weather and visibility. We had to decide whether to pull out the gear and go back to sleep or go ahead and walk...

July 11, 2009 Projects, Snow Sampling, Snow Pits, Tyvek Suits and Math!

We started our day with a check in about group education projects at an 8:30am meeting. The students are gathering information from scientists and staff here at Summit Station and feeling very positive about their work. I am excited for these teams - to have resources, scientists and examples right...
We started our day with a check in about group education projects at an 8:30am meeting. The students are gathering information from scientists and staff here at Summit Station and feeling very positive about their work. I am excited for these teams - to have resources, scientists and examples right...

July 10, 2009 A Full Day of Polar Science Investigations

We started our day with a general overview of the science done at Summit Station by Sandy Starkweather, station manager. She gave us a thorough background of the importance of the research done at this high elevation research facility. Under the Joint Committee Agreement, the U.S., Danes and...
We started our day with a general overview of the science done at Summit Station by Sandy Starkweather, station manager. She gave us a thorough background of the importance of the research done at this high elevation research facility. Under the Joint Committee Agreement, the U.S., Danes and...

July 9, 2009 A VERY Early Morning

We started our day of July 9th by getting up at breakfast at 12:30 am! Once we got our gear stashed, it was time to get on the bus to the airport at 1:30. Our LC-130 took off with everyone for Greenland near 2 am with great views out the side windows right away. The windows in the rear were even...
We started our day of July 9th by getting up at breakfast at 12:30 am! Once we got our gear stashed, it was time to get on the bus to the airport at 1:30. Our LC-130 took off with everyone for Greenland near 2 am with great views out the side windows right away. The windows in the rear were even...

Project Information

Greenland, Denmark, United States Joint Science Education Tour '09
Various Locations, Greenland
5 July 2009
21 July 2009

Where are They?

The group will travel to Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland and then to Summit Station at the peak of the Greenland Ice Sheet, atop 3,200 meters of ice. Summit Station is a year-round scientific research station funded by the National Science Foundation.

What are they Doing?

The expedition members will visit several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the countries.

The expedition members will spend several days learning about the research conducted in Greenland, the logistics involved in supporting the research, and gain first-hand experience conducting experiments and developing inquiry-based educational activities.

This year's work builds on the 2008 expedition and is supported by the National Science Foundation. The project was developed through cooperation with the U.S.-Denmark-Greenland Joint Committee, which was established in 2004 to broaden and deepen cooperation among the United States, the Kingdom of Denmark, and Greenland.

Resources

Title Date About Type
Goals of the Students and Teachers 13 July 2009 During our first meeting together we shared our excitement for the week as well as the goals we... Article

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