July 12, 2012 First day of Science Education Week - Transitions
Today was a transition day with Field School students and Greenlandic educator Rikke Jorgensen leaving today. Four of the US students left at 9am this morning on the C-130 and arrived safely in Albany, NY.
The 9 students who are staying for Science Education Week worked with Brant Miller's group from the University of Idaho. They did a remote sensing activity, using IR detectors to measure temperature of objects. Students will continue to work with Brant at Summit. Follow their program at
Speaking of Summit, we report at 4am tomorrow for our trip to the top of the Icesheet. So no pictures or videos from today's activities just yet...those will get uploaded in the next few days or when we return from Summit on the 16th. So there will be a lull in the blog for now but fear not, students are taking pictures, video and data. It'll just take us awhile to get it out to you!
Aggu Broberg, Disco Island, Greenland
Hi my name is Aggu Broberg, and I’m from disco island, Qeqertarsuaq in Greenlandic. I was born in May 18, 1993 so I am 19 years old. I like to study chemistry, social studies, music, history and biology. After high school I would like to study medicine so I can become a doctor. Tomorrow I’m going to the ice sheet with 9 other students and I am very excited to learn and see what’s going on in the ice sheet.
What we did in Greenland today Today is the last day for 12 students here in Kangerlussuaq Field School. 9 students have already left Kangerlussuaq early today and 3 other students will departure tomorrow to their homes. After saying goodbye to the students we went off for breakfast and later on we met Justin, Brant and Chris and they gave us our daily activity for today Justin and Brant showed us how to use their equipment for weather measurement. They had a laser temperature probe, weather probe that could measure wind speed and other stuff and an infrared temperature scanner that was very cool. They also gave the students a piece of paper so they could write down what they measured. Everybody went outside to try out the equipment they showed. My group filmed the students measuring how much wind is blowing, how cold the ground is and how warm people were, Chris talked about showed us how Summit looked like and talked about what they do in Summit. Chris is one of the people, who are measuring the weather on the ice sheet, Later on they told us to answer some questions.
Dana Cucci, East Hampton, New York
Well our day to go home started off like any other in Kanger. We all got up, ate breakfast and dressed. Then it was time to say good bye which was harder than I was expecting. I didnt realize how much I was going to miss all my new friends until it was time for us to part. I'm probably going to miss the teachers the most. They were the most amazing people to be with for this experience. So we were taken to the runway to get on board the C-130 but then found out we were delayed 20 mins which wasn't good to hear considering we were already cutting it close to cath our connecting flights. When we finally boarded Sydney Barnes and I got to sit in the cockpit. The crew were doing their normal take off procedure but then guess what!? Part of the plane was broken...just my luck. I just had to laugh because it seemed as if I was never getting home. Some other guys dressed in uniforms as well came to try and fix it and they were successful! So we finally got off the ground! 6 hours later we landed at the base in Albany. Customs got through us quickly and we managed to fish our bags out of the huge pallet (actually the strong guys working at the base fished them out) and hit the road in Earl's (an NSF employee) Dodge Ram to go to the actual airport. And then a miracle happened... We all made our flights! It was cut pretty close but i managed to make my way through security and walk right onto the small plane right before they closed the gate. Teo flights later and and hour and half car ride and I finally made it back to East hampton after traveling for 14 hours. But during those 14 hours i wad able to think about and reminisce on the 14 amazing days I spent in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.