Arctic Ocean Workshop
Teachers and Researchers learning on the Inpuiat Learning Framework, for incorporation in to science resources, by Jana Harcharek, Director of Inupiaq Education, NSBSD.

Introducing the Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Collection, a body of educational resources focused on understanding the Arctic Ocean ecosystem. The Collection was developed during a five-day workshop in Barrow, Alaska. The workshop brought together teachers who had traveled to the Arctic Ocean during teacher researcher experience programs; Arctic Ocean community members and teachers from the North Slope (Alaska); as well as project scientists interested in gaining expertise in broader impacts activities.

To get a sense of the workshop and the outcomes, check out this three-minute video

The Collection is centered around educational resources related to current marine and climate change research. The Collection includes individual activities, lesson plans, videos, and presentations all that will educate the next generation about this complex ecosystem.

The Arctic Ocean Professional Development Workshop, which led to creation of the collection, was funded and supported by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence Alaska, Alaska Ocean Observing System, the North Pacific Research Board, and the North Slope Borough School District.

Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Resources
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Using Large Marine Ecosystems and Cultural Responsiveness as the Context for Professional Development of Teachers and Scientists in Ocean Sciences

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Arctic
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PolarTREC teacher Andrea Skloss’ lesson was inspired by her Chukchi Sea Ecosystem Study aboard the USCGC Healy. In order to understand why this area is a biological hot spot of productivity, scientists must study components such as the trophic levels and more.

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Arctic
About a week
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This lesson was developed to explore the dynamics of arctic sea ice from the scientific, historical, and economic perspectives. Use math and polar science to examine the impacts of seasonal shifts, climate change impacts, and modeling to understand arctic sea ice.

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Less than a week
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This presentation is designed to supplement an eighth grade science unit on polar ice but could easily be used for other audiences. The presentation covers the differences between ice in the Arctic and Antarctica, how ice affects salinity, temperature and currents, an exploration of various ice types and a summary of current research efforts to study polar ice.

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Through investigation, you will determine which solution has the highest density.

Objective

To determine, through experimentation, which of a variety of solutions has the highest density.

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Arctic
About 1 period
Middle School and Up
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Students create a life size model of a bowhead whale based on information they have collected.

Objective

Students will be able to organize specific technical information from a variety of resources to develop a "blue print" or pattern to create a life size model of a bowhead whale.

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Arctic
More than a week
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Students complete a physical puzzle based on a scientific poster about Bowhead Whales. Students then research the content of the poster and present their findings.

Objective

To familiarize students with:

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This lesson was written for a Photography I course, to be taught in a lab with access to either a darkroom or computers/printers. The class has already spent ample time getting used to the basics of photography, learning to use their cameras as a creative tool, just as a painter might use a brush.

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Arctic
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In this introductory lesson, students read an article about Arctic Ocean ecosystems and then play a board game in which they take on the role of researchers.

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The purpose of this introductory activity is to:

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This lesson includes a variety of research activities and a lab that all help demonstrate the science behind convection currents.

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Through the following activities and lab students will discover:

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Arctic
About a week
Middle School and Up
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Students are designated as the water or ocean currents, zooplankton, and bowhead whales. The zooplankton are informed that they are at the mercy of the currents. The currents are given instructions as to where to go during different times of the year (map).

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This one hour webinar with PolarTREC teacher Lisa Seff shares ideas and experiences on bringing polar science into your classroom and community. Her work focuses on the oceanographic conditions of bowhead whale habitat.

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This one hour webinar is designed for educators as polar professional development. Dr. Okkonen details his work on the project studying bowhead whales and oceanographic conditions in their environment.

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Satellite observations of circulation features associated with a bowhead whale feeding ‘hotspot’ near Barrow, Alaska. Remote Sensing of Environment. 115:2168-2174
Okkonen, S.R., C. Ashjian, R.G. Campbell, J.T. Clarke, S.E. Moore, and K.D. Taylor. 2011.

Alaska Marine Mammal Stock Assessments, 2012

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Arctic
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This blog documents the process of creating a 25-minute animated film at the University of Alaska Museum of the North that tells the story of bowhead whale annual migration in the Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The film takes its basic narrative and title from the 2013 calendar edited by Steve Okkonen, A Year in the Life of Bowhead Whales.

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The life of the bowhead whales calendar is a teaching tool created by Dr. Steve Okkonen and colleagues to portray science and natural history of bowhead whales in a compelling form. The calendar is available as a PDF and in poster PDF forms.

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Port Aransas teachers set off to study ecosystems in the Arctic...one in the Chukchi Sea and the other at Kaktovic.

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Students will build a simple plankton net from a nylon stocking, then (optionally) use it to collect plankton in ponds, lakes, streams, bays, oceans, or even aquariums.

Adapted from Kolb, James A. Project Director. Marine Science Center. Marine Science Project: FOR SEA. Marine Biology and Oceanography, Grades Seven and Eight. Poulsbo, WA. Page 341 - 344.

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Arctic
Less than a week
Elementary and Up
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The Center for Microbial Oceanography offers resources on education and outreach for K-12 teachers, undergraduates, grads & post-docs and related links. This is a great tool for lesson planning. In addition to outreach ideas, C-MORE offers kits for review and request.

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Arctic
High school and Up

Since most plankton is smaller than we can see, they must be looked at using a microscope. They are usually strained from the water using fine mesh nets or sieves with tiny holes. Typical plankton nets have a round opening and look like a funnel that leads into a collection bucket at the end of the net. The nets are towed behind boats or pulled along beaches.

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Arctic
Middle School and Up

One of the simplest biological samplers, zooplankton nets are made in a wide variety of styles and sizes. The two nets in the MARMAP Bongo vertical-haul net system explained here each have a mouth diameter of about 25 cm.

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Arctic
Middle School and Up

Learn about how scientists measure salinity, temperature, and depth (CTD). Information can be found in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, as well as in English or Spanish language.

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Arctic
Elementary and Up

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NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system. IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled to gather data on sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets.

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NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system. IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled to gather data on sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets.

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What is it and why do we use it? An Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, or Acoustic Doppler Profiler, is often referred to with the acronym ADCP. Scientists use the instrument to measure how fast water is moving across an entire water column. An ADCP anchored to the seafloor can measure current speed not just at the bottom, but also at equal intervals all the way up to the surface.

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Arctic
High school and Up