Overview

In this activity, students will use IB-style data-based questions centered around graphs made from data collected about arctic ground squirrels by researchers at Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Activity levels of ground squirrels are analyzed in relation to solar radiation and ambient temperature. Students work individually or in pairs to answer the questions.

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Arctic
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In this activity, students will use data collected about two male arctic ground squirrels by researchers at Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Each squirrel had a lightlogger to record light intensity (lux) and an implanted data logger to record internal body temperature (°C). Students work individually or in pairs to analyze the data sets and interpret the results

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Arctic
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Why should a teacher go on a science expedition?


Music teachers often play instruments in local orchestras. PE teachers are often involved in sports outside of school. Art teachers pursue their medium and drama teachers act in local performances. Science teachers talk about science, but we very rarely get an opportunity to do basic research.

When I was a

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Article in NAU News about upcoming research expeditions with Northern Arizona University scientists and PolarTREC teachers

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Teacher Jennifer Baldacci and researcher Cory Williams discuss this year's research on the Arctic Ground Squirrel research project at Toolik Field Station, Alaska. Broadcast on 27 April 2017.

Teacher Jennifer Baldacci discusses the research surrounding, and life in the field while working on the Arctic Ground Squirrel research project at Toolik Field Station, Alaska.