The Social Science Collection: Everything Human
The Social Science Collection: Everything Human

Welcome to the Social Science Collection, a library of resources for educators and the public interested in emphasizing the use of the scientific method in the study of humanity, including quantitative and qualitative methods. The field of social science includes but is not limited to the study all aspects of society including human behavior, relationships among different groups of people, past events, anthropology, linguistics, education, and geography.

The Collection includes individual activities, lesson plans, journal entries, videos, and presentations that will educate the next generation about this complex field of study. All materials are created and compiled by world-class educators participating in authentic scientific research in the polar regions through PolarTREC expeditions.

The Social Science Collection is utilized as class material in the Cyber-based Interdisciplinary Science Education Professional Development Courses offered through the University of Alaska- Fairbanks in conjunction with PolarTREC. The collection is funded by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States and the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs.

National Science Foundation Arctic Research Consortium of the United States University of Alaska- Fairbanks

Social Science Resources
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Over three months in Antarctica, PolarTREC teacher Juan Botella took hundreds of pictures a day. He will now display many of those photos in an art exhibit entitled, "ArtArctic Science" at the Overture Center in Madison, WI. The exhibit includes not only Botella’s pictures but artwork by four Monona Grove high school students and two recent graduates.

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Antarctic
All Aged
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Students will investigate the breadth and depth of science taking place in the Polar Regions by reading and learning about one PolarTREC expedition and sharing it with the class.

Lesson
Arctic
Less than a week
Middle School and Up
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This presentation, given by Robert Suydam, at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow, Alaska, is an overview of the resilience of the people of the North Slope with respect to their whaling history.

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Arctic
Middle School and Up
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This presentation, given by Peggy Cowan, Superintendent from the North Slope Borough District School Board, presents information on current curriculum development and design specific to the North Slope Borough and how this ties in with the Inupiaq Learning Framework.

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Arctic
Middle School and Up
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This presentation, given by Matt Druckenmiller at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow, Alaska presents information on both the science and local knowledge of ice conditions off the coast of Alaska. His research considers whether a reduction or change in the variability of sea ice has an effect on the feeding patterns and thus body size of the bowhead whale.

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Arctic
Middle School and Up
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Senior Scientist Anne Jensen gave a presentation about cultural resilience and sustainability at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow, Alaska. Read more about her archaeological work here.

Presentation
Arctic
Middle School and Up
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Arctic Research Mapping Application. ARMAP is a suite of online, interactive maps and services that support Arctic science. Learn more about research projects in your region of interest or scientific discipline. Explore available data or possible collaborations. Use the online mapping tools to meet your own project's specific goals.

Web Link
Arctic
High school and Up

Overview

Students chose a research project, from one of seven suggested projects, to complete in class with a partner. Upon completion they will present their information to the class.

Objectives

Students will present a scientifically accurate project on a topic related to the PolarTREC Winter Sampling expedition.

Lesson
Arctic
More than a week
Middle School and Up
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Frontier Scientists puts you in the front row to observe breaking scientific news from leading Arctic scientists in Archaeology, Geology, Anthropology, the Humanities, Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Chemistry and more. Many videos on Arctic science are available from their website.

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Arctic
All Aged

People have lived in the Arctic for many millennia, developing skills, strategies, and community knowledge to survive polar conditions.

Activity
Arctic
About a week
All Aged
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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 commitment to outreach and education.

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Arctic
All Aged

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.

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Arctic
All Aged

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.

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Arctic
High school and Up
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The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region.

Article
Arctic
High school and Up
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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 wide audience.

Presentation
Arctic
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Share in the excitement of unearthing a biface and other archaeological treasures, as Alaskan researchers explain how they discover and document early human settlement sites across arctic Alaska. This video is part of a larger story on the Frontier Scientists website (http://frontierscientists.com/), the University of Alaska Fairbanks' portal for sharing the Arctic's newest discoveries.

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Arctic
All Aged

Travel back in time as scientists and PolarTREC teacher Karl Horeis take you out to their dig sites to uncover hidden clues about early human settlement in arctic Alaska. This video is part of a larger story on the Frontier Scientists website (http://frontierscientists.com/), the University of Alaska Fairbanks' portal for sharing the Arctic's newest discoveries.

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Arctic
All Aged

PolarTREC teacher Michelle Brown and her research team conducted this PolarConnect event from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Learn more about Michelle and her team as they study human impacts in Antarctica.

Event
Antarctic
About 1 period

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.

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Arctic
Elementary and Up

From 1879-1881 thirty-three Navy officers, enlisted men and civilians, led by Lieutenant Commander George Washington DeLong, participated in an epic Arctic adventure that defines the limits of human will and endurance in an overwhelmingly distant and hostile environment.

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Arctic
Middle School and Up

The story of Arctic explorer Matthew Henson and the race to the North Pole.

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Arctic
Elementary and Up

The purpose of this bibliography is to provide researchers at Library and Archives Canada with a listing of primary printed sources for the study of the search for the Northwest Passage in the early nineteenth century.

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Arctic
Middle School and Up

This site is dedicated to the heroic explorers of the Polar Regions and the surrounding islands. As you browse through this site, you will witness an extensive mix of reference material that will be useful to philatelists (those who study stamps and postal history) and students of polar history alike. Both Arctic and Antarctic resources are available.

Web Link
Arctic
Middle School and Up

This video, available from National Geographic, is an overview of the earth and life science properties of the Arctic Ocean.

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Arctic
All Aged

Large, small, and diverse file type maps of the Arctic and Antarctica from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. The collections of the University of Texas Libraries are the result of more than one hundred years of continuing commitment by librarians, faculty, students, and private donors to build one of the great library collections of the world.

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Arctic
All Aged