Greenland Education Tour 10

What Are They Doing?

The expedition members visited several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the United States, Denmark, and Greenland. The expedition members spent several days learning about the research conducted in Greenland, the logistics involved in supporting the research, and gained first-hand experience conducting experiments and developing inquiry-based educational activities.

This year's work builds on the 2007, 2008, and 2009 expeditions and was 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.

Where Are They?

The group traveled 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.

Expedition Map


Today we were happy to finally make it to NEEM, even though it was for a short visit. After returning from breakfast, we all donned our cold weather gear once again and headed to the LC-130 to depart for NEEM. The flight to NEEM went up the coast over Disko Bay and the Jacobsavn Ice Field - the views of ocean, glacier, and icebergs were spectacular. Arriving at NEEM we had quite a welcoming committee. There is a documentary film crew filming at NEEM and they were there with their cameras recording our arrival. After our trip to NEEM being delayed by weather for two days we were warmly...
Today was a day to learn about some of the vagaries of Arctic research and travel. We woke up this morning to a low cloud ceiling with just a bit of light on the horizon. Last night we were told to have our bags out ready to be loaded on the cargo pallet before breakfast. So we all rolled up our great sleeping bags (that kept us warm and toasty in our tents on the ice sheet) and had our bags ready before we headed off to breakfast, thinking that we would be leaving Summit Camp for NEEM shortly before noon. After breakfast we had the daily camp update and at that point everything still...
Hi, this is Zack Wistort and Nate Wiegman, two students from Niskayuna, New York, who have had the fortunate opportunity to be heading up to Greenland. Today at Summit we saw and learned a great deal. Our minds are still trying to soak it all in, but we will attempt to write a short summary of all the amazing things that we have done. We started the day by seeing the UAV research being conducted here at camp by scientist Rune Storvold. The UAV's flown here can be equipped with many different kinds of instruments but it seems that the main testing revolves around developing the UAV's systems...
Today was a great day! After breakfast, we were issued our cold weather gear which we will need when we go up to Summit tomorrow. There was a lot of laughter as we tried on all of the gear that had been issued to each of us. Our gear consists of fleece pants and jacket, insulated bib pants, a huge parka, balaclava, fleece hat, gloves and/or mittens, boots, and a neck gaiter. After our gear was issued we had to pack what we would supplement this gear with, mostly long underwear, warm socks, regular underwear, and a long-sleeve tshirt or turtleneck. Tomorrow on the plane we will be wearing...
Plane to Greenland
This morning started with an early wake-up call - my alarm went off at 4AM so I could be sure to be ready and in the hotel lobby with all my gear for the 5AM pickup by the shuttle to the Air National Guard base. Once on base we went through check-in and a metal detector and then it was on to the waiting room. While I waited for my flight, I met up with the rest of the US members of the Science Education Tour who would be on the flight with me. There were also a number of research teams that were heading to Greenland with us. As we boarded the plane we were given earplugs which have to be...

Project Information

19 July 2010 to 26 July 2010
Location: Various Locations, Greenland
Project Funded Title: Greenland, Denmark, United States Joint Science Education Tour '10

Meet the Team

Marti Canipe's picture
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA
United States

Marti Canipe is a middle school science teacher from North Carolina. Currently she is serving as an Einstein Fellow in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. where she has worked on making polar education resources available to teachers as well as helping scientists connect with K-12 classrooms. During her twelve years at B’nai Shalom Day School, she taught third through eighth grade science, kindergarten through eighth grade technology, middle school mathematics, and eighth grade humanities. She has also served as the school’s technology coordinator for the last seven years. In the fall of 2010 Ms. Canipe will be teaching middle school science at the Wildcat Charter School in Tucson, Arizona.